Ard Matthews (Just Jinjer) plays Glasgow this Summer! Ard will be signing any CD's you have and will be selling some of his own after the show so do stick around for a chat.
As the front man of South African band Just Jinjer, Ard’s indelible lyrics and melody arrangements led the way to the incredible success of their debut album and many after. He released his debut solo album ‘First Offerings’ in the winter of 2012 to critical acclaim and continues to write and release under his name, as well as fronting Just Jinjer.
'All Comes Round', Just Jinjer's debut became one of the biggest selling rock genre albums of all time in their native country of South Africa, achieving double platinum status in its first year, with the follow up album 'Something For Now' reaching the same status a year later.
Just Jinjer have shared the stage with many iconic international artists on many stages across the world. Most notably at the Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert, Johannesburg in 2009 where they performed with the likes of The Goo Goo Dolls, Annie Lennox, Razorlight, Ludacris, Corrinne Bailey Rae, Peter Gabriel, Live, and Angélique Kidjo. They have also performed and shared the bill with many international stars such as U2, Counting Crows, Def Leppard, INXS, Maroon 5, One Republic, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Strokes, and many more.
Ard grew up in a strict religious household with little popular music, but hearing Nat «King» Cole, Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley as a youngster elicited an innate musicality that won him a talent contest as a singer when he was just twelve years old.
In his late high school years, he sat down at a friend's drum kit and immediately found a natural proficiency in percussion. Having no desire to pursue conventional studies after school, he enrolled in The Groove Class based in Johannesburg, South Africa's only affiliate of Los Angeles's famed Musicians Institute. During this time he also learnt the guitar and discovered a voice that would shape the course of his future, and South Africa’s forever.
Travelling frequently to countries all over the world, Ard and Just Jinjer wowed audiences across Europe, Australia, and the United States, where they eventually settled in Los Angeles for 8 years. The band went on to sign an international recording deal with Curb Records, and played at some of the most well-known and influential clubs and festivals before returning to SA in 2009.
Ard released his debut solo album ‘First Offerings’ in the winter of 2012 to critical acclaim and shortly after teamed up with South African folk icon Vusi Mahlasela for Ard’s single ‘Umuntu’. He also recorded Jeff Buckley’s Lover, You should Have Come Over with famed composer and performer Paul Hepker (Oscar winning movie Tsotsi, composer for Deadliest Catch, Rendition, & Eye in the Sky soundtracks).
Ard now plays regularly as a solo act worldwide, as well as still fronting Just Jinjer playing at well-known festivals such as Oppikoppi, Rocking The Daisies and other high profile venues across his native country.
Ard recently returned from a string of sold out international shows in the United Kingdom and Dubai and during the end of 2016 released a brand new single entitled ‘Wonder Years’, a genre crossover track incorporating pop and thumping folk sounds.