Dave Matthews is an American singer/songwriter. Famous lead singer and vocalist of the famous American group Dave Matthews Band, founded in 1991. A self-taught musician, he started playing acoustic guitar at the age of nine.

Below you will find all the useful information about the American singer born in South Africa and two-time Grammy Award winner.

the biography

Dave Matthews was born on January 9, 1967 in Johannesburg, South Africa as David John Matthews. He is the third of four children born to John and Valerie Matthews.

When Matthews was two years old, the family moved to Yorktown Heights, Westchester County, New York, following his father’s employment with IBM. The family, however, moved back to Johannesburg after Dave’s father died of lung cancer in 1977.

In order not to be conscripted into the country of South Africa’s compulsory military service, after high school the family left South Africa again for New York, USA in 1986. There is worked briefly for IBM before joining his mother in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In Charlottesville, he held several jobs for survival; he was part of a local music community at one point, he even performed in various local productions. It was during his years in a jazz club, working as a bartender, that he began to dream of forming his own band.


Dave soon began performing on stage with TimReynolds, after they met through a mutual friend – Nic Cappon. After working with Reynold for some time, he was persuaded to record some of his own songs. Miki Liszt Dance Company.

After writing several songs, including Recently I’ll Save You, and The Song Jane Loves, by 1991 he had fully envisioned the idea of ​​starting his own band and in early 1991 Matthews formed the Dave Matthews Band, alongside Peter Griesar (left in 1993), Carter Beauford, Boyd Tinsley, Stefan Lessard and LeRoi Moore.

The group’s first performance was in March 1991, at Trax Nightclub in Charlottesville, as part of a benefit for the Middle East Children’s Alliance.

With the help of the band’s manager, CoranCapshaw, who used grassroots marketing, the band quickly rose to the national stage and soon began playing concert halls and beach clubs across the country.

In 1994 the band released their first and first label, Under the Table and Dreaming, – which Dave dedicated to his older sister Anne who was murdered by her husband. The album charted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200. Their second crash album came two years later and peaked at No. 2 on the chart.

Dave Matthews took time off in 1997 only to return the following year with another studio album. Before These Busy Streets who debuted at No. 1. The next album wouldn’t be released until 2000. In 10 years (2000 – 2010), the band would sell more tickets and make more money than any other act in the whole of North America.

In 2012, the band released another album, Far From the World, making them the only band to have six consecutive studio albums that peaked at number one on the Billboard charts.

Dave also tried acting and it turned out well. His acting debut was in 2003 when he starred in the Disney movie Where the Red Fern Grows. In 2005, he starred in Due to Winn-Dixie, alongside Eva Marie Saint and Jeff Daniels. He was also in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, You Don’t Play With The ZohanJust Go With It Among Others.

He twice won a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group – So Much to Say (1997) and for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance – Gravedigger (2004).

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Who is Dave Matthews’ wife, children, sister and family

Dave Matthews’ wife is Jennifer Ashley Harper, who he married in 2000 after dating for almost a decade. The couple have three children together (two daughters and a son). Daughters (twins) named Stella Busina and Grace Anne were born on August 15, 2001 and their son Oliver arrived in June 2007.

Dave, his wife Ashley and three children live in Seattle, Washington. As mentioned earlier, the talented singer, songwriter and actor had an older sister, Anne, who was murdered in 1994 by her husband (who later committed suicide).

Anne is survived by her two children, whom Dave and her younger sister Jane took on after her death (Anne).

Dave Matthews Height and Other Facts

Dave is really tall, he stands at 6″ 4. Information about his weight and other body measurements is not readily available online.

Matthews is also a farmer. In 1999, he purchased over ten acres of land in Albemarle County, Virginia, which he named Blenheim Farm. He hadn’t originally planned to turn this place into a farm, but he decided to do so to preserve its historical significance and began planting grapes on the property.