I’m Matthew Morgan Rael. I’ve been a musician and
instrument builder since childhood.
I have played and recorded with rockers such as
Kiss guitarist and singer Paul Stanley, Aerosmith for
their permanent vacation album, with Chaka Khan on
guitar and steel drum and others.
My mother sang with Pete Seeger and the Weavers,
so it was a great honor for me to also perform with
Mr. Seeger years later.
I was a recording session musician for Coxon Dobbs,
the original producer for Bob Marley.
I’ve toured as the guitarist for major Trinidad
Calypsonians, Baron and Crazy. I’ve also performed
with top Barbados calypso singers Ras Isley, Johnny
More recently I have been living in St. Thomas (U.S.
Virgin Islands), working with many bands and also
doing a lot of solo steel drum work.
|The Mighty Sparrow and
|A real honor to have met
the late great Lord Kitchner
|Jamming with Stevie Wonder and Hot Tunes
|The highlight of my musical career, performing with Pete
|The internet has no secrets!
Paul Stanley of KISS fame with a
slightly younger me. Rockers in
search of fame and glory!
|My dream band - My beautiful sweet
talented daughter GALADRIEL joining
me for a wonderful night.
|AAARRRRR! In me pirate garb
I’ve played countless wedding ceremonies,
receptions and conventions. I am currently working
with all the top wedding companies here on St
Thomas! For weddings, you will hear lots of calypso,
the Wedding March if you like, Pacobell Canon in
“D”, favorite American love songs, reggae and more.
We are a three to five piece local
band. We play authentic and familiar
Caribbean music that is geared for the
tastes of North Americans. You will
hear a little Jimmy Buffet and
American tunes, BUT our mainstay lies
with fun renditions of Bob Marley,
classic calypso and hot contemporary island music. We
are constantly employed and loved at the local major
resorts.The band leader and singer, Sam Hodge (from St.
Kitts) is charming and a naturally sweet fellow. You will
hear lots of steel pan with lots of fun energy.
|Another Happy Bride and Groom
|At my workbench testing
my newest creation
|Sam, Me and Nyere THE LOLLIPOP BAND!
|My grandson Zyan and I critiquing my four
|Is that Keith Richards??! Um no.....
My buddy Danny Silber
|Folk singer - Playwright - my Mother - a
two time Grammy Nominee!
|My demented Daughter, Grandson & me
|"It was a pleasure working with a pro like you" - Steven Tyler - Aerosmith
St Thomas, USVI
Matthew Morgan Rael
Lollipop Band as a five piece