Matthew Paul Miller (born June 30, 1979), known by his Hebrew and stage name Matisyahu (/mætɪsˈjɑːhuː/; “Gift of God”), is a Jewish American reggae vocalist, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician.
Known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds, Matisyahu’s 2005 single “King Without a Crown” was a Top 40 hit in the United States. Since 2004, he has released four studio albums as well as two live albums, two remix CDs and two DVDs featuring live concerts. In addition, Matisyahu played the role of Tzadok in The Possession, a supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and co-produced by Sam Raimi. Through his career, Matisyahu has worked with Bill Laswell, reggae producers Sly & Robbie, and Kool Kojak.
Matisyahu met NYU film student Talia when she interviewed him for a documentary about men and women not touching. They were set up by Rabbi Dov Yonah Korn, NYU’s Chabad chaplain, and they married in August 2004. Together they have sons Laivy (2005), Shalom, and Menachem Mendel (2011).
Matisyahu is a vegan and a board member of the Jewish vegan organization, the Shamayim V’Aretz Institute.