It’s been a crazy ride for country singer Matt Schuster! is here with his first single of 2023 titled “Wasted Prayers,” and we are absolutely obsessed!
In just five short months, the buzzworthy musician has amassed over 60 million streams on original songs like “Know Ya” and “From The Start,” ultimately making the move from Charleston, Illinois to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in country music. And with the release of “Wasted Prayers” last Friday (February 24th) on all music streaming platforms, Schuster’s future is very bright, as this hot new track is about to make noise on both social media and the music charts.
The track highlights the “frustration of feeling like your thoughts or prayers go unanswered” in a very raw and vulnerable way, and Schuster sat down with Celeb Secrets reporter Melanie Rooten to talk ALL about it.
Written by Schuster, along with the help of Adam Yuron and Jonny Price, “Wasted Prayers” is truly as real as it gets.
When asked about the meaning behind the song, Schuster revealed to us, “I feel everybody comes to a point and, you know, maybe alcohol is involved in any way, shape or form, but they feel a little bit ignored whether you’re a Christian or not. I can definitely admit that that’s how I felt sometimes.”
“Some people talk about like, how you just need to cry it out and then move on, and that song feels like that cry, and then you just kind of move on,” he shared. “I think it’s one of those songs as a listenener, you hear it and then after, it’s kind of this deep breath of fresh air… ‘I just relived some horrific moments and now I am back to normal and life feels good.'”
After listening to the song ALL morning, we can agree that “Wasted Prayers” is truly the breath of fresh air that Matt Schuster claims it is!
Aside from the track’s deeper meaning, the talented singer-songwriter also wants people to love it in a surface-level way. “I just want people to just listen to that song and be like, ‘Damn, that’s a really cool song. I really like it. I really enjoy it. I’m on the Matt Schuster train, and let’s get some more music,'” he explained to us.
A song for all the spiritual, yet drunk people out there
Much like the rest of his music, It is clear that “Wasted Prayers” is a veryyyy vulnerable song, which takes a great deal of bravery to release to the public.
When asked about how he channels the ability to be open in his music, Schuster revealed, “Truthfully, I think it’s just easier for some people than others,” going on to reveal that “writing is just [his] therapy.”
“Going into a write can be how I kind of vent and just kind of get away from everything, and so for me it’s easy in that sense to just go in,” he shared with us.
With an inside look into Matt Schuster’s thoughts and emotions in each and every track, no wonder his music ALWAYS pulls on our heart strings!
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Aside from being a very talented musician, Matt Schuster is also a TikTok sensation, ultimately utilizing the platform to help promote his music to those who may not know him yet.
The Illinois native has garnered an astounding 562,000 followers during his time on the app, typically teasing upcoming music or showcasing his favorite covers in his TikTok videos. Often singing out of a truck window into the beautiful landscape, Schuster’s picturesque TikTok videos have gained the attention of people all across the world, amassing a total of 7.8 million likes.
“I think TikTok is a great tool for any artist. TikTok has done nothing but just help me bring fans in and show people who I am. I think it’s been really good to me in that sense,” Schuster revealed to us.
“It’s this free tool, and it’s just been a great tool for me, and I really can’t speak high enough on it. It’s been what’s elevated my career, and what started it,” he continued passionately.
When asked about the impact that TikTok has had on “Wasted Prayers” in particular, Schuster explained to us that “The ratio has been amazing,” going on to reveal that “out of the views that it has gotten, people have loved it.”
It’s been nothing but just positive comments and excitement, and honestly, the only negative feedback is ‘Get the damn song out,'” he said with a smile.
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With new music and TikTok videos aside, live performances are next up on Matt Schuster’s to-do list!
When asked his goals for 2023, the talented singer-songwriter shared with us, “I really wanna develop a live show. I want people to, you know, think of me as like a showman at the end of the year.”
By 2024, Schuster wants to start performing at arenas and stadiums, with his dream venues being Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
We have faith in the budding country artist, and we know that he will make it there in no time!
As a whole, “I really do think  is the year,” Schuster revealed. “The pot has been boiling for a bit and I think it’s ready to go. The music is there, you know, I’m mentally there, and I just feel like I’m in the best place I can be for things too just go up.”
“I think timing’s everything and timing has allowed me to mentally prep for all this, and I feel ready as where maybe I didn’t as much a year ago,” he continued.
We can’t wait to see Matt Schuster’s career skyrocket in 2023 and beyond! Be sure to connect with him on Instagram @its.matt.schuster and TikTok @its.matt.schuster to stay tuned on all of the exciting things he has on the way.
To learn more about Matt Schuster and his music, check out our full interview below. Afterwards, be sure to let us know what your thoughts on rising country star by either leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or by sending us a tweet at @CS_Country.
With writing and reporting by Melanie Rooten.