Matthew Burnett

Matthew Raymond Burnett (born July 24, 1991) is a Canadian record producer, musical director and manager from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who has worked with a number of major recording artists in various genres from R&B to soul, hip hop and rap. Burnett has produced for the likes of Daniel Caesar, Drake, Eminem, Nas, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Childish Gambino, Ellie Goulding and Snoh Aalegra to name a few.[1][2] He has also musically directed Daniel Caesar, Charlotte Day Wilson, Jessie Reyez, Willow Smith and Queen Naija[3] and currently manages both Caesar and Wilson alongside longtime music partner, Jordan Evans.[4] Matthew Burnett's work has earned him two Grammy Award nominations and five Juno Award nominations.[5] In 2018 he took home a Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for Caesar's debut studio album, Freudian.[6]

Matthew Burnett
Matthew Burnett Rehearsing.pdf
Burnett in soundcheck for Daniel Caesar live at the Budweiser Stage, 2019. Toronto, ON
Background information
Birth nameMatthew Raymond Burnett[1]
Born (1991-07-24) July 24, 1991 (age 31)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active2010 - Present
  • Golden Child Recordings
  • Hit-Heart Music Inc.


Burnett's tuneful ability became apparent at an early age. Starting piano lessons at just four years old, his music instructor noted his natural talent to play songs by ear.[7] As he got older, Burnett's love of music would only grow stronger. By the time he was in ninth grade he was playing in a professional band around the city. Music production software FL Studio (formerly FruityLoops) would introduce him to the art of producing and recording his own music. A student of his craft, Burnett coupled his inherent passion with a fierce dedication to honing his skills, earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[8]

In 2007, Burnett was introduced to Grammy Award-winning producer Matthew Samuels, known commonly as Boi-1da, thus beginning a mentorship that would change his life and career. Under Samuels’ guidance Burnett continued to hone his sound and technique, officially signing to Boi-1da Productions in 2010 where he and Evans would thrive as the production power-duo behind some of the biggest hits in hip hop and R&B. Notable among Burnett's earliest achievements was his production on “Not Afraid,” the lead single on rapper Eminem’s seventh studio album, Recovery, and the sixteenth song in Billboard history to debut at number one.[9] The track earned Burnett a Grammy Award-nomination for “Best Rap Song” in 2011.[10][7]

Ending his Boi-1da deal in 2013, Burnett and partner Evans moved on to cultivate Canadian R&B artist, Daniel Caesar. The two are the principal producers for Caesar's debut album, Freudian, which was nominated for two awards at the 60th Annual Grammys.[6] Today, Burnett continues to lend his expertise in studio production, live show curation, musical direction and management to several of today's leading artists.


Record productionEdit

Production was Burnett's first love and a talent that catapulted him to success at a very early age. By just 21 years old, his unique ear led him to co-produce music for some of the industry's biggest names, including Drake, Eminem, Keri Hilson, Nas, Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled. Today, that list has expanded to include Daniel Caesar, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Childish Gambino, Kelly Rowland, Jessie Reyez and Ellie Goulding.[10] His sound and production style were heavily influenced by his Christian upbringing, taking inspiration from gospel music. As he matured, his musical style followed suit and took form through consistent experimentation, practice, and the tutelage of Boi-1da.[11] Today, Burnett's work is unified across genres by a soulful, powerful sound.

Musical directionEdit

A producer at heart, Burnett's wheelhouse soon expanded to include not only studio production, but live show curation and musical direction. He is the visionary behind the live performances for singers Daniel Caesar, Charlotte Day Wilson, Jessie Reyez, Willow Smith, and Queen Naija among others. From composing musical arrangements to scouting, hiring and rehearsing their bands, Burnett is a conduit of creativity, building harmonies both in music and within the teams that create it.[12][13]


Burnett currently serves alongside longtime music partner Jordan Evans as the co-manager to Grammy Award-winning artist, Daniel Caesar. They also co-manage fellow Canadian rising star, Charlotte Day Wilson. In partnership with Evans and Caesar, Burnett founded the independent record label Golden Child Recordings.[7][10]



DrakeThank Me Later


Bun BTrill OG

  • 16. "It's Been a Pleasure" (featuring Drake) (produced with Boi-1da and Jordan Evans)

Lil' WayneI Am Not a Human Being

  • 10. "Bill Gates" (produced with Boi-1da)

Drake – Unreleased single

  • "Something" (produced with Boi-1da and Jordan Evans)

Lloyd BanksThe Hunger For More 2

  • 15. "Where I'm At" (featuring Eminem) (produced with Boi-1da)

Keri HilsonNo Boys Allowed

  • 01. "Buyou Music" (featuring J. Cole) (produced with Boi-1da, Polow da Don and Bei Maejor)
  • 10. "Gimmie What I Want" (produced with Boi-1da)
  • 16. "Fearless" (produced with Boi-1da, Polow da Don and Bei Maejor)


DJ KhaledWe The Best Forever

Mindless Behavior#1 Girl

  • 08. "Future" (produced with Boi-1da)[14]

Down With WebsterTime to Win, Vol. 2

  • 07. "I Want It All" (produced with Boi-1da)


Childish GambinoRoyalty

  • 16. "Wonderful" (featuring John Osho) (produced with Boi-1da and Jordan Evans)

NasLife Is Good

  • 19. "Trust" (produced with Boi-1da and Jordan Evans)

Busta RhymesYear of the Dragon

  • 09. "Sound Boy" (featuring Cam'ron) (produced with Boi-1da)[15]

2 ChainzBased on a T.R.U Story

  • 01. "Yuck" (featuring Lil Wayne) (produced with Streetrunner)

SlaughterhouseWelcome to Our House

  • 13. "Goodbye" (produced with Boi-1da and Eminem)

Talib KweliAttack The Block

Nicki MinajPink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re–Up

  • 02. "Freedom" (produced with Boi-1da)

GameJesus Piece


Kelly RowlandTalk a Good Game

Rich GangRich Gang

  • 01. "R.G." (featuring Mystikal) (produced with Boi-1da and Jordan Evans)

Lil WayneDedication 5

  • 12. "Live Life" (featuring Euro) (produced with Streetrunner)

Audio PushCome as You Are

  • 09. "Turn Down" (produced with DZL)

DrakeNothing Was the Same

Doley Bernays – Just In Case

  • 06. "Drown" (produced with Jordan Evans and DZL)

FabolousThe Soul Tape 3

  • 07. "You Know" (featuring Young Jeezy) (produced with Boi-1da and Vinylz)[18]


Eric BellingerThe Rebirth

  • 06. "Delorean" (produced with T-Minus)


  • 11. "Oiler" (featuring Trae The Truth) (produced with Go Grizzly and DZL)

Sebastian Mikael – Speechless

G–EazyThese Things Happen

  • 05. "Opportunity Cost" (produced with Jordan Evans)

GameBlood Moon: Year of the Wolf

  • 02. "F.U.N."
  • 06. "Married To The Game" (featuring French Montana, Dubb and Sam Hook) (produced with Boi-1da and Jordan Evans)

AstroComputer Era

  • 10. "N*gga Pls" (produced with Boi-1da)

JahkoyForward Thinking[19]

  • 08. "Vacay" (produced with Jordan Evans)[20]

OB O'Brien – "Schemin' Up" Single

  • "Schemin' Up" (produced with Boi-1da and 40)


Kyndall – Still Down EP

  • 02. "All Mine" (produced with Boi-1da and DZL)

RaekwonFly International Luxurious Art

  • 13. "Worst Enemy" (featuring Liz Rodrigues) (produced with DZL)

Daniel CaesarPilgrim's Paradise

  • 02. "Death and Taxes" (produced with Jordan Evans)
  • 03. "Paradise" (produced with BadBadNotGood and Jordan Evans)
  • 05. "Streetcar" (produced with Jordan Evans)
  • 06. "Show No Regret" (produced with Jordan Evans)


Chris BrownRoyalty

Various artists – Magic Mike XXL Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

  • 08. "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"


June's Diary – "All of Us" Single

  • "All of Us" (produced with DZL)

Audio Push90951

  • 04. "Spread Love" (produced with DZL)

Daniel CaesarGet You – Single

  • '"Won't Live Here" (produced with Jordan Evans)
  • "Get You" (produced with Jordan Evans)
  • "Japanese Denim" (produced with Jordan Evans)

Nathan SykesUnfinished Business

Ellie Goulding – Single

  • "Just in Case" (produced with Jordan Evans)

PartyNextDoor – TBD

  • "You Made It" (produced with Jordan Evans)

11:11 - 11:11 (Executive producer with DZL)

  • 01. "West Side"
  • 02. "You"
  • 03. "Byo"
  • 04. "I'm Good"
  • 05. "My Bish"
  • 06. "Henny & Gin"
  • 07. "Don't Worry"


Joyner Lucas508-507-2209

Chris BrownHeartbreak on a Full Moon

  • 41. "Reddi Whip" (produced with Jordan Evans)

Daniel CaesarFreudian (Executive producer with Jordan Evans)

  • 01. "Get You" (feat. Kali Uchis)
  • 02. "Best Part" (feat. H.E.R)
  • 03. "Hold Me Down" (produced with Alex Ernewein and Riley Bell)
  • 04. "Neu Roses (Transgressor's Song)"
  • 05. "Loose" (produced with and Alex Ernewein)
  • 06. "We Find Love" (produced with and Jordon Manswell)
  • 07. "Blessed"
  • 08. "Take Me Away" (feat. Syd) (produced with Riley Bell)
  • 09. "Transform" (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson) (produced with Alex Ernewein and Riley Bell)
  • 10. "Freudian" (produced with and Riley Bell)


Jessie Reyez feat. Daniel Caesar – Single

Daniel Caesar – Single

  • "Who Hurt You?" (co-produced with Jordan Evans)


Snoh AalegraUgh, Those Feels Again

  • 06. “Toronto” (produced with Riley Bell)

Daniel CaesarCase Study 01 (Executive producer with Jordan Evans and Daniel Caesar)

  • 02. "Cyanide" (produced with Jordan Evans)
  • 03. "Love Again" (feat. Brandy) (produced with Jordan Evans)
  • 05. "Open Up" (produced with Jordan Evans)
  • 06. "Restore the Feeling" (feat. Sean Leon and Jacob Collier) (produced with Jordan Evans)
  • 08. "Too Deep to Turn Back" (produced with Jordan Evans and River Tiber)


Fousheé – Single

  • "Single AF" (produced with Solomonophonic)

Tours (musical direction)Edit

Year Tour Artist
2017-18 Freudian, a World Tour Daniel Caesar
2018 Queen Naija Tour Queen Naija
2019 Case Study 01: Tour Daniel Caesar
2019 Being Human in Public Tour Jessie Reyez
2019 WILLOW The Album Live in Concert Willow Smith
2019 Willow and Erys Tour Willow and Jaden Smith

TV and live performances (musical direction)Edit

Year Performance Artist Link
2017 “Get You” & “We Find Love” - The Late Late Show With James Corden Daniel Caesar
2018 “Freudian” & “We Find Love” - Juno Awards Live Daniel Caesar
2018 “Best Part” - Later with Jools Holland Daniel Caesar (Feat. H.E.R)
2018 "Figures, a Reprise” - Juno Awards Jessie Reyez (Feat. Daniel Caesar)
2018 “Japanese Denim” “Get You” & “Best Part - NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert Daniel Caesar (Feat. H.E.R.)
2019 “Bad Boy/Medicine” - BET Experience Queen Naija
2019 “Cyanide” - Jimmy Kimmel Live Daniel Caesar
2019 “Crazy/Far Away” - Jimmy Kimmel Live Jessie Reyez
2019 “Imported” - Late Show with Stephen Colbert Jessie Reyez (Feat. 6LACK)–hz-0
2019 “Work” - The Late Late Show with James Corden Charlotte Day Wilson
2020 “Far Away” - The Daily Show Jessie Reyez
2020 “Moment” - Jimmy Kimmel Live Victoria Monét
2020 "Slow Down" - Soul Train Awards Skip Marley
2020 "Lie to Me/Say What You Mean" - Jimmy Kimmel Live Queen Naija (Feat. Lil Durk)
2021 "Do You Love Her" - Juno Awards Jessie Reyez
2021 "Canadian Hip Hop Tribute" - Juno Awards Kardinal Offishall, Michie Mee, Jully Black,

DJ Starting from Scratch, Maestro Fresh Wes, NAV, Haviah Mighty

Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 "Not Afraid" (Eminem) Best Rap Song Nominated
2017 "Freudian" (Daniel Caesar) Best R&B Album Nominated

Juno AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2011 "Recovery" (Eminem) Best International Album Nominated
2018 Producer of the Year (Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans) Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Nominated
2018 "Freudian" (Daniel Caesar) R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Won
2020 "Case Study 01" (Daniel Caesar) R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Nominated


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  18. ^ Matthew Burnett [@PMBMusic] (25 December 2013). "Merry Christmas: @myfabolouslife ft. @YoungJeezy - "You Know" Prod. by @Boi1da x @PMBMusic x @Vinylz #SoulTape3" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  20. ^ Matthew Burnett [@PMBMusic] (7 October 2014). "The Game ft. French Montana, Sam Hook & Dubb - #marriedtothegame Prod. by @Boi1da @evansdc & @PMBMusic" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Matthew Burnett [@PMBMusic] (16 June 2017). "@JoynerLucas out now! #WayToGo feat. @snohaalegra prod. by me & @rileyibell. s/o & congrats to my brother @Boi1da 👊…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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