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Matt Zarley to release new album ‘hopefulROMANTIC’ on February 10

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Out singer-songwriter Matt Zarley will release his brand new album hopefulROMANTIC on February 10.

hopefulROMANTIC will be available in two versions: a pop album featuring original versions of each song, and a soundtrack to his short film of the same name with new arrangements of each track re-imagined specifically for the film. The short film – a universal story about loving, letting go, and holding onto faith that there’s somebody for everybody – is now playing the film festival circuit, and just won the award for Best LGBT Short from the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.

hopefulROMANTIC, the film, is a unique and practically dialogue-free narrative articulated solely through Matt Zarley and composer-songwriter Andy Zulla‘s soulful pop score. It co-stars Chuck Saculla (featured in this video), Jolie Jenkins and George Takei. The film and its songs merge Zarley’s love of pop music and musical theatre into a cohesive whole. Each song is one part of a narrative trajectory that tells the story of one man’s journey through love, heartbreak, and healing.

Matt recently released music videos from hopefulROMANTIC, with more to follow in the coming weeks. See the videos below.

“I Just Knew” –

“Constantly” –

“Let Me Let Go” –


The album begins with the track “Somebody 4 Everybody,” which fittingly began Matt’s journey towards hopefulROMANTIC. The track not only inspired the project to come, but its message of love and acceptance is a theme throughout the narrative of the film.


“Somebody 4 Everybody” Original Edit –

“Somebody 4 Everybody” Moto Blanco Edit –


Pre-order hopefulROMANTIC the album HERE.

Pre-order hopefulROMANTIC the soundtrack HERE.




About Matt Zarley:

Matt’s passion for songwriting resulted in his first solo album, Debut, which was released in 2002, and his second album Here I Am was named one of Billboard magazine’s “Critics Top 10” picks for 2008. Matt continued to make his mark on the music industry in 2011 with the release of his most personal album to date, Change Begins With Me, which was embraced with rave reviews and won OutMusic awards for “Single of the Year” and “Album of the Year.” He’s also had four consecutive singles on Billboard’s Club Play chart.

Zarley is an internationally published songwriter and has had numerous songs recorded and released overseas by some of the biggest names in international music. In addition, Matt has the distinction of being named the first openly gay bachelor in People Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelors” issue in 2002 – opening the door for other openly gay men to be featured in the mainstream publication.

Matt began his career at 12 years old starring in national commercials and, subsequently, his career led him to Broadway where, still just a teenager, he made his Broadway debut. Zarley has appeared in numerous shows and has played the title roles in both Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Who’s Tommy on Broadway.


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