Chicago, IL —
Broadway veteran and People Magazine "Hottest Bachelor" Matt Zarley is looking for people to co-star in his new music video, "Change Begins With Me," the title song from his latest CD. Zarley has received critical acclaim as an LGBT artist for more than a decade and his videos have created quite the stir on various digital outlets. His latest, the controversial "Trust Me," has already received approximately 150,000 views on YouTube in its first month, and in it he asks "Is America ready for an openly gay president?" His goal for "Change Begins With Me" is to inspire as many viewers as he has entertained with "Trust Me," as well as, last summer's dance favorite, "WTF." Written by Zarley, Andy Zulla and Chris Curtis, "Change Begins With Me," features the Broadway Inspirational Voices and is Matt's heartfelt anthem about making a difference in his own life and, thus hopefully making a difference in others.
The "Change Begins With Me" video is currently in pre-production. Co-stars will be selected from video submissions.
According to the guidelines, "all you have to do is shoot a short home video of yourself displaying a one to five word written phrase of what you can do to make yourself a better person. For example, holding up a sign that says "I'll Be More Patient" or write a message on your hand that reads "Smile More," are the real life changes he wants to share in his latest video. Submissions should be displayed in the most creative and clever ways -- from text messages to flash cards; written on your arm, or a sign hanging somewhere; these are just some of the ways you can use your voice to make a change."
"To submit your video, simply film your message, no longer than 10 seconds, with a home video camera, flip cam, or iPhone and upload to https://mattzarleychange.smartfile.com with the login: changevideo and password: changevideo. Click "Upload" and follow the simple instructions. Submissions will be accepted through June 10th. Just make it heartfelt and inspirational."
Zarley will personally choose up to 25 of the most moving and creative submissions to become a part of his new music video.
The artist began his career at 12 years old starring in national commercials and, subsequently, his career led him to Broadway where, still just a teenager, he made his Broadway debut. He has appeared in numerous shows including Chicago, A Chorus Line and Cats, and has played the title roles in both Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Who's Tommy on Broadway. He has also has the pleasure of performing with Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, Brandy and Usher.
"Change Begins With Me" and "Trust Me" (and its remixes) are currently available on iTunes and other digital outlets, along with his full music and video catalog. Matt can also be seen across the country this summer performing at various Pride festivals including Chicago's Northalsted Market Days, San Diego Pride, Las Vegas Pride, Reno Pride and Hampton Roads Pride in Virginia, among others. For more information about Matt's music and live performance schedule, visit www.MattZarley.com or follow Matt on Twitter and Facebook @MattZarley.
Zarley was recently interviewed on ChicagoPride.com and will be joining Chicago's Halsted Street Market Days line-up this August.