Vertical Horizon with Special Guest – Nine Days

Thursday, October 8th 2015


Vertical Horizon was founded in the early 1990s, but it was seven years before lead singer Matt Scannell’s songs became the radio hits that brought the popular grass roots band to national attention. Vertical Horizon released three albums independently (There and Back Again, Running on Ice, and Live Stages) and toured extensively before signing with RCA Records in 1998. In 1999, they released their breakout album, Everything You Want, which went on to sell more than two million copies. The second single off the CD, the title track “Everything You Want,” captured the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts, and became Billboard’s Most Played Single of 2000. Having carved out a page in the annals of music history the band garnered further radio attention with “You’re a God” (#4 on Billboard’s Adult Chart) and “Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning).” In 2005, “Best I Ever Had” became a top 20 country hit for country star Gary Allan.

Their follow-up album, Go, was released in 2003 and solidified the band as a no-nonsense pop rock entity. Eventually, the band took a hiatus to pursue individual interests. In 2007, feeling the time was right to start working on a new album, Matt began composing the songs which would eventually become Burning the Days. The album was released in 2009 on Vertical Horizon’s own label, Outfall Records. One of the songs, “Even Now,” was co-written by Scannell with his close friend Neil Peart, the much-heralded drummer from Rush. Peart played drums on that song as well as two other tracks on the record.  Burning the Days was critically acclaimed and produced two Hot AC radio singles, “Save Me from Myself” and “The Lucky One.”

In addition to writing and producing songs for Vertical Horizon, Matt has spent the past few years writing songs with and for other artists.  In 2010 he wrote “Wish You Were Here” for the band Hey Monday, featuring lead singer Cassadee Pope, who went on to win season 3 of NBC’s hit show The Voice. In 2012 Scannell teamed up with Daniel Powter to write “Come Back Home,” which was used to promote NBC’s “Chicago Fire.” Scannell and Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Richard Marx collaborate often and sometimes play acoustic duo shows together. They co-wrote Marx’s 2012 AC hit “When You Loved Me,” which reached number 15 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.

This fall Vertical Horizon will release their new album, Echoes From The Underground. The title of the album is a lyric from the song “Evermore.”  It captures recurring themes throughout the record, such as a emotional and physical distance, as well as the often-hidden layers of emotion that exist within relationships. The first single, “Broken Over You,” is available for download on This summer, the band takes to the road as part of the Under the Sun 2013 national summer tour with Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms and Fastball.

My 16 year old wanted to attend, so my husband and I gave in and went. Late night for us, but well worth it. They were great! I am so glad we went. Revolution Hall was a great place to see them. My daughter was all happy, she was right up close to the stage. She got to meet them and get their signature after the concert. Definately the type of band that doesn't mind mixing with us regular folks. If they are in your area definately go see them you won't regret it.
The Vertical Horizon show at the Golden Nugget was awesome. The venue was quaint and intimate and the perfect size to see one of my favorite bands. I've seen VH many times and they just seem to get better and better. Their shows are like an informal interactive jam session right up until they play one of their poignant and moving songs. Lead singer and writer Matt Scannell's story telling while introducing their songs is the perfect set up to the incredible music they play. I know a lot of people come to see their older stuff (i.e. the Everything You Want) and I'm a huge fan as well but their new music is fantastic. There's not a new CD since the ground breaking Everything You Want CD that I don't fall in love with a half a dozen songs or so. I'd see these guys every week if I could. Keep up the great work guys and can't wait to see you again.
Vertical Horizon was amazing at the Fine Line last night. Intimate, personal, and amazing. All the hard driving guitars you want with a tight drummer and amazing bass line. Matt and Keith have fun - and so the crowd does too! Great variety of material including some "acousticy" stuff. These guys are a huge national act yet they play like they are your buddies playing in your garage - so humble yet so talented, a very heart felt performance. Matt talks and works with the crowd, everyone sings and has a great time. A solid 2 hours of music covering hits and new stuff. One of the best shows I've seen! I hope they come back to Minneapolis soon!
Best concert experience of my life! There's no other way to put it. The band was amazing and also some of the most friendly and wonderful people you could ever meet. Every member sounded insanely tight, and Matt Scannell's songwriting is just phenomenal.
Great concert. Matt Scannell & the band put on a terrific show! They were even available after the show to shake hands and sign autographs. They worked a cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" into one of their songs! I have seen Matt in concert before and he never disappoints!