Building on a series of back-to-back breakout hits, MULTI-PLATINUM chart-topper Matt Stell confirms his status as a fearless artist-songwriter today (6/7), delivering his long-anticipated debut albumBorn Lonely, via RECORDS Nashville.  A raw-yet-propulsive example of ripping the bandages off a wounded soul, the self-penned set is filled with unapologetic vulnerability and anthemic revelation, taking Stell’s career to the next level. Available everywhere, listen here.

With over half a BILLION global streams to his credit already, the Country star launched his rise with a pair of co-written, consecutive #1s – the 2X PLATINUM “Prayed For You” and PLATINUM “Everywhere But On.” But now, he aims for bold, unvarnished honesty like never before.

Born Lonely is finally out. This one means the world to me, and I hope it means something to y’all. Thanks so much for listening,” shares Stell. 

Filled with self-searching anthems and saved-by-love balladry, Born Lonely emerges as the sonic fingerprint of a man shaped by his past – the truth pouring out in a modern Country rush. Featuring 10 tracks all co-written by Stell, the project revolves around a guarded heart now fighting to open up, digging deep into a life story of separation and loneliness to break a broken pattern. Embracing the tender side of masculinity, Stell stands tall in the face of entrenched heartbreak, healing, and more, ultimately finding peace through music and love – and helping others do the same.

With production by Joe Fox and Chris DeStefano, a sturdy Heartland mix matches the Arkansas native’s Country confessions with Hard Rock muscle, as heavy drums and roaring guitars join quiet moments of clarity. Meanwhile, Stell wields his gripping vocal like a true craftsman, building each track with heartfelt blocks of small-town soul.

Currently nearing Country radio’s Top 35 and climbing, the warning-labeled single “Breakin’ in Boots” leads the statement-making album, with even more unfiltered sonic grit on tap. Joining the autobiographical “Born Lonely” is tracks like the all-in “Take the Girl” and Stell’s cycle-breaking emotional stunner, “Built by Broken Hearts” – plus pensive ballad “Smooth.” Available today (6/7), the atmospheric standout traces the ripple effects of changing times, featuring a quiet acoustic guitar and piano presentation, as Stell’s granite-hewn vocal laments a lost way of rural life. Written by Stell and Chris DeStefano, the Joe Fox-produced track is complemented by the adjoining music video directed by Dustin Haney.


Matt Stell - "Smooth"



1. “Built by Broken Hearts” (Matt Stell, Seth Alley, James McNair)*

2. “Breakin’ in Boots” (Matt Stell, Nate Cyphert, Joe Fox, Ben Stennis)*

3. “Born Lonely” (Matt Stell, Jake Mitchell, Benjy Davis)*

4. “Girl Gets Gone” (Matt Stell, Joe Fox, Jordan Minton, Travis Wood)*

5. “Into the Sunrise” (Matt Stell, Chris DeStefano, Kyle Sturrock)+

6. “Smooth” (Matt Stell, Chris DeStefano)*

7. “The Hard Stuff” (Matt Stell, Ray Fulcher, Jared Mullins)*

8. “What We Do Best” (Matt Stell, Andrew DeRoberts, Jon Nite, Kyle Sturrock)*

9. “Take the Girl” (Matt Stell, Chris DeStefano, Joe Fox, Nate Cyphert)+

10. “One Cold Beer at a Time” (Matt Stell, Jaron Boyer, John Marlin)*


Produced by Joe Fox

Produced by Chris DeStefano


Continuing his streak of creative and commercial success, Born Lonely follows Stell’s 2023 EP, One Of Us.

Along with being surprised this week with a plaque celebrating 1 MILLION career spins at Country radio and a highlight appearance on the Chevy Riverfront Stage at the massive CMA Fest 2024 in Nashville, TN, Stell next returns to the road with nationwide concert dates set for this summer and beyond. See his complete tour information here.




RECORDS Nashville MULTI-PLATINUM artist Matt Stell has quickly made his mark on Country music as one of only nine new artists in the past six years to have consecutive #1s with two back-to-back chart-toppers: 2X PLATINUM “Prayed For You” and PLATINUM “Everywhere But On.” Speaking his truth for the first time in his autobiographical debut album, Born Lonely features the nearing Top 35-and-climbing Country radio single, “Breakin’ in Boots” – just one of 10 co-written anthems ripping the bandages off a wounded soul, and confirming Stell’s status as a fearless modern Country troubadour. Amassing over half a BILLION global career streams, he’s the first-ever artist to receive a virtual plaque from the RIAA for multi-week breakout “Prayed For You,” and is an ASCAP Pop and Country most-performed song awards winner. Stacking high-profile TV looks with Good Morning AmericaThe Kelly Clarkson ShowBachelor in Paradise, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #LateShowMeMusic digital series, he’s also performed the national anthem for major NASCAR and NFL events. Playing his headlining THE MAN MADE TOUR 2022 to capacity crowds, he’s supported Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, and Chris Young. With Billboard touting his “versatile” style, collaborations include his “One Of Us” remix featuring Chase Matthew, as well as having a guest spot on “When You Know" (Cheat Codes), “Over You is You” (Tenille Arts), and “Hometown Boys” (Dierks Bentley and HARDY). Launching Give A Damn Foundation in 2020, his charitable efforts have supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Doctors Without Borders, and the Humane Society, among others.