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July 22, 2013

Former Cowley student and X Factor contestant to perform on August 18


SlovacekMat Slovacek, who was a member of the Cowley College men’s tennis team during the 2008 season, has gone on to find success as a musician. The former X Factor contestant will return to Arkansas City to perform a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at Cowley College’s Calder Bonfy Theatre. There is no charge to attend the concert.

Growing up in Texas with two parents that both play musical instruments and sing it’s not hard to see where Mat got his passion for music. He sang the national anthem at age 6 and as a kid was always singing in the car and anywhere he could get away with it, while also leading his youth choir at church services. Mat taught himself how to play guitar to further his appeal and has been writing his own songs for years.

At age 16 Mat started auditioning for singing competitions like Nashville Star, Can you Duet and more, while testing his vocal skills. He made it to the second round of season 8 of American Idol and then was a stand out on the premiere season of X Factor making it to the top 32 guys out of over 100,000 people that auditioned and appeared and sang on the national TV show. All four judges including Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid loved his audition; put him through to the Los Angeles portion of the competition and LA. Reid even said it was the best they had seen yet.

After X Factor Mat returned to Texas and started a little band playing many college bars and other venues with some great success, which helped in developing his stage presence and his live performance. He shared the stage with some great performers like Stoney Larue, Roger Creager, Johnny Cooper, No Justice and many more.

Mat draws his inspiration from many things and people. Performers like the Eli Young Band for their persistence, Garth Brooks for his live show and Sean McConnell for his incredible writing and performing.

When you see and hear Mat you will understand how he has used these and many more to develop himself in many areas.

Now in the process of finishing his first solo CD Mat has already worked with a Grammy award winning producer and another whose credits include the Eli Young Band, The Eagles and Josh Abbott.

Mat is an extremely hard working, self-driven man that has huge goals and dreams and the talent and work ethic to get him there. Come see this special performance for one night only on Sunday, Aug. 18.