Ard Matthews, lead singer from the famous Just Jinjer (one of South Africa’s biggest bands), will be releasing a solo album First Offerings in the winter of 2012. The first single off the album, ‘Bolder’, has just been submitted to national radio.
‘Bolder’ was written and recorded entirely in Ard`s home studio at the end of 2011. In January Ard asked Tumi Molekane to collaborate on the track. Ard comments: â€œWhat he did was so fresh and appropriate that I was immediately happy to include him as a co-writer. The song is a celebration of life and encourages people to ‘want for more’ as we go forth boldly with our lives.â€
The single was mixed in Los Angeles by Bryan Cook (Radiohead, Train, Queens of the Stone Age).
The video was shot entirely on an iPhone 4S while Ard was in India. â€œJust me on a scooter, ear piece in my right ear, playing the track and a little luck e.g. check out the mad lens flare at end of song as I rev off in to the night for dramatic effect. Could not have planned it better with a crew of 50 people.â€
First Offerings offers 12 songs. Having been the primary writer for Just Jinjer all these years, Ard felt it was time to announce himself as an individual artist as well. This is an album written from the heart that will appeal to those who can still feel theirs beating through all the noise of today’s world. As usual, Ard is not afraid to romanticize his feelings about love, life and most of all…peace.