They were able to raise about $2,000 via bake sales, mail solicitations and a nachos fundraiser, as well as a live singing performance Matthews gave at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts.
Matthews’s love of song began at an early age, according to Price, who recalled singing to her daughter as a toddler at bedtime.
“I would sing to her, and then she would fall asleep,” Price said. ‘And I’d fall asleep, and as soon as I’d stop singing, she’d wake up and say, ‘Sing!’”
In addition to performing material for the various choruses she participates in, Matthews also creates and records her own music, using a program on her computer to generate sounds and arrange them into songs.
“Everyone says my music sounds like a video game,” she said.
Matthews writes lyrics for much of her music but hasn’t included vocals on many of the recordings because she doesn’t have a quality microphone.
While her songs generally employ a lot of synth pads and horns, she noted, they are all quite different from each other and cover a range of genres, including jazz, acoustic, R&B and pop.
“I would do an album if my music didn’t change so much,” Matthews said.
The teen did, in fact, record a few of her songs at a recording studio, but is not happy with how they turned out.
“She’s very critical of herself,” Price said.
“It’s because I will not settle for less,” Matthews replied.
When she’s not singing or working on her music, Matthews, who was enrolled in 10th-grade science and math classes as a freshman and finished the year with a GPA of about 95, somehow finds time to devote to a myriad of other interests.