From haunting acoustic ballads to gritty rock and roll songs filled with swagger and attitude, Matthew Mayfield has spent the past decade making music that has changed the hearts and lives of his listeners. Gun Shy, his most recent release, is a collection of songs as varied as the emotions each of us feels. If his previous album RECOIL was the fruit of an intense effort by Matthew Mayfield Mayfield to depict the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world he inhabited, Gun Shy is a look into all worlds – those full of darkness and hope.
“S.H.A.M.E.,” the album’s third track, touches on what is currently Mayfield’s deepest concern–a world full of people that feel as if they are alone. “Shame is something that no one wants to talk about, but we’re all ashamed of something. We all have demons and things that prevent us from seeing our self-worth. The song is about connecting with people and letting them know they are not alone,” he says.
Matthew is partnering with Love Is Louder, an organization founded by his friend, actress Brittany Snow, to foster a supportive community/space to ask for help and/or start a conversation about dealing with shame, being mistreated, being isolated, and being misunderstood.