Ard Matthews

Ard Matthews (born 23 March 1975), is a South African singer/songwriter. Over the course of the last decade and a half Ard Matthews has been honing his craft and moving people the world over. As the front man of South African band Just Jinjer, he led the band to the success of their debut album title ‘All Comes Round’, becoming one of the biggest selling albums of all time in their native country of South Africa, achieving double platinum status in its first year, with the follow up album "Something for now" reaching the same status a year later.

Travelling frequently to countries all over the world with Just Jinjer, Ard and the band played to audiences across Europe, Australia, and the United States, and eventually settled in Los Angeles for 8 years, where they signed an international recording deal with Curb Records, and played at some of the most well known and influential clubs and festivals before returning to SA in 2009.

Ard is little changed after the years abroad, and has now started work on his solo album which is due to be released in Winter 2012. He has now returned to Durban, South Africa, and is currently residing in the suburb of Ballito.

Stepping onstage to sing and play guitar one night at the restaurant where he worked as a waiter in between sets by the evening's entertainer, he was immediately offered a regular gig, and was soon making a good living on the Johannesburg circuit as a solo performer. He also honed his skills and appeal to listeners of all stripes busking on the streets of London and Paris. He was befriended and heard by Harris and the drummer asked him to join his band Tri Funk Era.

With the voice and songs of Matthews in place, the group soon transformed into Just Jinger and signed with BMG