Before winning a scholarship to Berklee, Matt Nakoa ’06 was a goat farmer in central New York State. In addition to his talent with animals, Nakoa is an accomplished classical pianist who discovered a love of singing and writing songs. While at Berklee, he studied with songwriting greats Pat Pattison and Livingston Taylor and Nakoa was selected to collaborate with Grammy-winner Kathy Mattea during her residence at Berklee.
Nakoa’s 2014 album, A Dozen Other Loves, has earned him a place performing alongside folk legends like Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, and Ellis Paul, and recently brought him a win at the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Competition.
Listen to Matt Nakoa's "Where on Earth Is Heaven."