Biography, Age, Life and career-Dave Matthews

Biography, Age, Life, and career-Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews was born on January 9, 1967, in Johannesburg, South Africa. A self-taught musician, Matthews decided to assemble a band and put together a demo tape in 1990. Through college tours and grassroots marketing, the Dave Matthews Band developed a devoted following. In 1994, they released their major label debut, Under the Table and Dreaming, which went to No. 11 on the Billboard 200. The DMB followed with a string of chart-topping albums, including Everyday (2001) and Stand Up (2005).

Early Life

Musician and actor David John Matthews was born on January 9, 1967, in Johannesburg, South Africa. A self-taught musician, he and his family moved around the world throughout his childhood. When he was 2 years old, they moved to the New York suburb of Yorktown Heights, where Matthews’ father, a physicist, worked for IBM. In 1977, Matthews’ father died of lung cancer, and the family returned to Johannesburg to be with relatives.

To avoid South Africa’s compulsory military service, Matthews moved back to the United States after high school, where he became a bartender at a jazz club in Charlottesville, Virginia, called Miller’s. It was there that he began to dream about starting his own band.

The Dave Matthews Band Forms

In 1990, Matthews decided to put together a demo tape and approached his favorite jazz musicians, sax player Leroi Moore and drummer Carter Beauford, to accompany him. For bass, he signed on Stefan Lessard, a 16-year-old local prodigy. Violinist Boyd Tinsley was recruited just weeks after the band formed. Early local gigs were an immediate success, and the band quickly developed a devoted following. The band’s manager, Coran Capshaw, utilized grassroots marketing to move the band to the national stage. The group was known as the Dave Matthews Band.

Acting Roles

In an unexpected shift, Matthews began to try his hand at acting in 2003. He made his big-screen debut in the Disney film Where the Red Fern Grows, and followed with Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), co-starring Jeff Daniels and Eva Marie Saint.

Matthews went on to appear in the Adam Sandler films I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008) and Just Go with It (2011). He later joined the star-studded voice cast for a couple of episodes of the animated series Pete the Cat.

Personal Life

After an eight-year courtship, Matthews married girlfriend Ashley Harper in August 2000. Their twin daughters, Stella Busina and Grace Anne, were born one year later, and son August Oliver followed in June 2007.


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