Matthews Ntlele was born and raised in South Africa and grew up during Apartheid, one of the country’s most troubled times. Matthews discovered a passion for music and a love for the church at an early age. He regularly sat in while a local choir rehearsed and through it his own special talent was unearthed. Despite humble beginnings, Matthews’s story continues to provide evidence of the grace and providence of God.
Matthews attended Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia. It was there he interned under Rueben Morgan and began developing his craft as a skilled worship leader.
Soon after Hillsong, Matthews joined the contemporary worship music band, Elevation Worship, in North Carolina. During his time with Elevation Worship, Matthews was a prominent part of an accomplished team of songwriters and musicians who wrote and performed anthems that have shifted the landscape of Worship Music across the globe. Matthews has cowritten some of their most prominent titles including “Here As In Heaven,” “Resurrecting,” and “Echo.”
Upon his departure from Elevation Worship, Matthews felt a deep calling to embark on a solo career whereby he has the opportunity to write and perform songs that more intimately reflect his personal testimony and fulfill his hunger to help and heal others.
Matthews’ story is a testament to the miracle power of God as proof He can take a boy from the dusty streets of Africa and present him a platform along with the gift of music to impact the world.