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Hali, also known as Hali of Firpine (formerly Hali Heron on Second Life) and Matthew Ebel, is a furry who is a professional musician. He's been musical guest at multiple conventions and was Guest of Honor at Furry Weekend Atlanta 2009 and Further Confusion 2012. Matthew also hosted the now podfaded High Orbit Podcast which later was revived as a parodic Christmas album. He hosts a regular streaming concert from his studio in the Boston area and releases new music every month via a subscription site at www.matthewebel.net
In 2011 Hali added his first regular band member, Runtt, as backup drummer and vocalist.
Getting his start as a touring artist in the contemporary Christian music scene in the late 90’s, Matthew packed up a U-Haul and moved to Nashville with the intention of becoming big in that genre. “That’s why I moved to Nashville, but I quickly realized it wasn’t for me,” Matthew says. He follows with a smile, “For the rest of my life I’d have to write about the same subject, and there’s no way I could have done that, no matter how much I love God.”
Out of Christian music, but still in the Music City.
Matthew’s five years in Nashville strongly influenced his arrangement and writing style. His albums saw Matthew evolve from a more traditional piano-based singer/songwriter in the realm of Billy Joel or Elton John into something more uniquely his own. And slightly twisted, in the best possible sense. Jettisoning some of his more organic sounds on Goodbye Planet Earth and incorporating loops, synthesizers, beats and more, Matthew found that the new sounds matched his tales of outer space adventure and odyssey.
After Nashville, Matthew moved to the Boston area where he currently produces all of his music.
Convention appearancesconventions over the years, performing his music at several since 2007.
- Mephit Fur Meet 2007 - Musical Guest
- Furry Weekend Atlanta 2008 - Musical Guest
- Megaplex 2008 - Musical Guest and appeared as "Dr. Frank-n-Furter"
- Furry Weekend Atlanta 2009 - Guest of Honor and Musical Guest
- Megaplex 2009 - Musical Guest and appeared as "Dr. Frank-n-Furter"
- Furry Weekend Atlanta 2010 - Musical Guest
- FA: United 2010 - Musical Guest
- Anthrocon 2010 - Musical Guest
- Megaplex 2010 - Musical Guest and appeared as "Dr. Frank-n-Furter"
- Antheria 2010 - Musical Guest
- Midwest Furfest 2010 - Musical Guest
- Furry Fiesta 2011 - Musical Guest
- Furry Weekend Atlanta 2011 - Musical Guest
- FA: United 2011 - Musical Guest, Auctioneer
- Megaplex 2011 - Musical Guest
- Further Confusion 2012 - Guest of Honor and Musical Guest
- Anthrocon 2012 - Musical Guest
- FA: United 2012 - Musical Guest, Auctioneer
- Further Confusion 2013 - Musical Guest
- Furry Weekend Atlanta 2013 - Musical Guest
- Anthrocon 2013 - Musical Guest
- FA: United 2013 - Musical Guest, Auctioneer
Matthew not only publishes his own live concert videos but encourages his fans to post theirs as well. YouTube and filesharing policies are clearly spelled out on his terms of service page.
- Matthew Ebel dot net - 2008-Present
- The Democratically Elected Best of Matthew Ebel - 2013
- The Lives of Dexter Peterson - 2012
- Songs from the Vault, vol. 3 - 2010 - Cover art by Agent Elrond
- Songs from the Vault, vol. 2 - 2010 - Cover art by Gunmouth
- The High Orbit Holiday Special - 2009 - Cover art by Corbin Busker
- Songs from the Vault, vol. 1 - 2009 - Cover art by Lizardbeth
- Goodbye Planet Earth - 2007 - Cover art by Spunky
- Beer & Coffee - 2005
- The Wee Hours EP - 2003
- Filling The Pages - 2001
- Life's Been Good - 1999 Out of Print
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