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Matt White recovers from label rejection

of the Oakland Press

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Matt White doesn’t mince words.

The New Jersey-born singer-songwriter released his debut album, 2007’s “Best Days,” on a major label (Geffen). But it’s a relationship that didn’t work out, and White, 30, doesn’t mind explaining the circumstances.

“I was dropped,” he acknowledges. “People say ‘part ways,’ and I know that’s the politically correct way to say it, but I was dropped, really, like all the stories you hear.

“It was a very devastating experience. I was on tour and then, bam, that was it. I got very depressed, and it was a very difficult thing because I had done everything that was asked of me. But that being said, I understand sometimes things don’t work out; even getting a record deal you still have a one out of a thousand chance of succeeding.”

Fortunately, White is getting a second chance. He got another deal with a smaller label, Rykodisc, which released “It’s Good Crazy” in September. It feels like a fresh beginning, he says, but he hasn’t forgotten the past — and is at peace with what happened on his first go-round.

“The ‘Best Days’ album was a great experience for me,” White explains, in the sense I learned a lot and there were a lot of great moments of that record cycle. I met a lot of great people, people I’m still very close with today, and I toured for a while, which was really great.

“So other than the fact I got dropped ... it was great,” he adds with laugh.

Matt White performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

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