For Matthew Ebel, music is the key to the journey of life, not just the destination. Whether it's outer space adventures or a single father struggling to make a Christmas for his daughter, Matthew's songs and stories resonate in the minds and hearts of an ever-increasing fan base. Ebel is also paving the way in the new music economy, showing that it is possible for independent artists to support themselves through their music; growing his audience by utilizing new tools available to artists. "I want people to take my music and then go off and create something on their own,' says Matthew. 'The greatest thrill for me is when people write blog posts based on my music or are inspired to do a version of one of my songs in their college choir - it's the act of creating something new from my work. It's amazing." Fully immersed in the new digital music world, Matthew is committed to being a trailblazer for other artists. "I want to leave a legacy for other musicians and show them that it's possible to be a one man operation or a small band and do it on your own. I'm always looking for new ways to do that for myself and I'll be letting people know where I've succeeded and let them know what to avoid from my failures," he says. 'Songs from the Vault, vol. 1' is the culmination of the first six months of Matthew Ebel dot net. Every month he sends two new songs to his subscribers, and now those songs are available here on CD Baby and elsewhere!