Welcome To Matt Packer Live

About Matt

Matt Packer was born on September 24 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in Swartz Creek, outside of the once-budding auto metropolis of Flint, Michigan. Matt’s interest in music began at a young age with the children’s choir in his church. In the sixth grade, he began playing the piano and trombone. In junior high and high school he attended Blue Lake and Interlochen Fine Arts camps, was part of a European tour with the American Musical Ambassadors out of Purdue University, and was a member of the Flint Youth Symphony and Michigan Youth Symphony.

During high school, Matt began dabbling in music composition and has continued to develop this passion over the years. During his undergraduate years at Central Michigan University, Matt shifted his focus from instrumental music to choral and vocal music. He was a proud member of the Chippewa Marching Band and sang in the Men’s Glee Club, Barbershop Choir, Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers. Matt received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from CMU in 1987 and completed his Master of Music degree through Michigan State University and CMU in 1995. In response to his life-long passion for working with church music groups, he completed a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida in 2004.

Matt has spent much of his career passing along the gift of music. He taught elementary music at LakeVille Community Schools and has been privileged to work with churches in Mt. Pleasant, Farwell, Clare, Swartz Creek, Flint, Fenton and, currently, Flushing. Matt was an instructor at Mid-Michigan Community College and a lecturer at the University of Michigan-Flint. He is honored to be the director of choirs at Mott Community College, Mott Middle College, and the Flint Male Chorus, and music director for the Swartz Creek Center Stage Community Theater. He has sung in numerous churches, for social events and special programs, in famous concert halls such as the Lincoln Center, and for inmates in the Genesee County Jail.

Playing the piano, composing music and singing are three of Matt’s greatest joys in life. Even greater is the love he has for his family. Matt and his wife, Kristi, have blended two families to include Matt’s daughter, Janelle and step-son, Nate, and Kristi’s children, Ellie, Abbie, and Matthew. He is blessed by supportive parents, in-laws, extended family and friends, those made over the years and those to whom he has recently become acquainted.

In 2008, Matt joined with his long-time friend, Richard Kerry Thompson to form Brother 2 Brother. They have sung for numerous sacred and civic events over the years, including worship services, coffee houses, banquets, and benefit concerts for food pantries, outreach centers, Unity in Diversity events, and veterans concerns. They were staunch advocates for Amir Hekmati, organizing benefit concerts and raising awareness and funds on his behalf while he was unjustly imprisioned in Iran from August of 2011 through Januaray 2016. From these efforts and the relationship with the Hekmati family, came the song, "I Will Fly (Amir's Song)", which brought together a community to perform in tribute to Amir.

A program through Matt Packer Live and Brother 2 Brother is a musical event. You will experience the joy of music as it lightens your heart and soul and the notes and the words wash over you and  become a part of you. You will hear songs that spark a memory, songs that speak to you in a new way, and songs that are brand new. You will be invited to participate in the gift of making music together and draw closer to those around you in the special bond this creates, if only for that moment in time. These are the moments that transform who we are, the moments truly worth living.