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Eli Mattson

Eli Mattson
soundcheck in 2008.
Background information
Birth name Eli James Mattson
Born (1981-11-04) November 4, 1981 (age 32)
Origin Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Genres Pop, rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Piano, vocals
Years active 1995–present
Labels Sony Records (2009-present)

Eli James Mattson (born November 4, 1981) is an American pianist and singer. He was the runner-up on the third season of America's Got Talent, beating out over 200,000 contestants. The difference in the votes during the final was less than 0.5%. His rendition of Marc Cohn's 1991 hit, "Walking in Memphis" during his initial audition impressed many, picking up on his maturity and vocal talent.

Early life

Mattson was born in Duluth, Minnesota. He has been playing piano since he was five years old and has been performing, including his own compositions, since the age of fourteen.

When Eli was only 16, he was awarded a prestigious grant from the Peninsula Arts Association in Wisconsin to help further his music career.

After touring with a country band, he lived in Chicago for three years before his national debut on America's Got Talent.

He has been playing at local venues for the past several years and has garnered a large and varied fanbase. He calls Door County, Wisconsin home.

Eli's influences include Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Jimmy Newquist, Dave Matthews Band, just to name a few.

America's Got Talent


Week Song
Audition "Walking in Memphis" Marc Cohn N/A Advanced
Vegas Verdicts "Your Song" Elton John N/A Advanced
Top 40
Group 4
"Nobody Knows" Tony Rich 9 Advanced
Top 20
Group 2
"If I Ain't Got You" Alicia Keys 9 Advanced
Top 10 "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word" Elton John 10 Advanced
Top 5 "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" Phil Collins 4 Runner-up

Post Talent

On October 17, 2008, Mattson joined the Top 10 finalists, as well as past winners from America's Got Talent to perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.[1] On October 24, 2008, Mattson had a Meet and Greet in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin at the Ladder House. On October 27, 28 and 29, 2008, Eli played three sold out benefit concerts in his home county of Door County, Wisconsin.
On November 22, 2008, Eli was the Grand Marshall of the Time Warner Green Bay Holiday Parade. Then he performed a concert at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay that same day.

In January 2009 Eli went to LA to start recording for the Epic division of Sony Music.

In April 2009, Eli made guest appearances on Terry Fator's show in Las Vegas. Fator reports that he actually voted for Eli ten times on America's Got Talent, the maximum per voting method.



Year Album Peak
Billboard 200
2000 First Three
  • Debut album
  • Released: 2000
2002 Monsters
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 2002
First Time Flyer Sessions
  • Third studio album
  • Released: 2002
2005 Eli Mattson - Compilation CD
  • Compilation album
  • Released: 2005
2009 Next 4
  • Fourth studio album
  • Released: 2009
2012 Chasing Rabbits
  • Fifth studio album
  • Released: 2012
"—" denotes the album did not chart.


"First Three"

Baby Doll, Morning of the Night, All I'll Be


All I'll Be, Father Please, Baby Doll, Morning Of, Are You There, Blue Ocean, 7, Baby Lonely, One Time More, Smile

"First Time Flyer Sessions"

Shadow, Soft As Sin, First Time Flyer, Miss Morgan

"Eli Mattson - Compilation CD"

All I'll Be, Baby Doll, Morning Of, Blue Ocean, 7, Baby Lonely, One Time More, Smile, Shadow, Soft As Sin, First Time Flyer, Miss Morgan

"Next 4"

Jaybird, Proud, She Only Knows, Walking in Memphis

"Chasing Rabbits"

Strangers, About Last Night, Wicker, Alien and Me, I'd Seen It All, Same Time Next Year, Two Years, Favourite Things


External links

  • Eli Mattson on NBC's America's Got Talent page
  • Myspace
  • Eli Mattson at Musictoears
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