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DAVE MATTHEWS plays Otis, the shadowy helper at Gertrude's Pet Shop. Though short on words, the character is someone "who can sing most anything.” BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE marks the popular musician's first appearance in a major motion picture. 

Matthews moved from his native South Africa to New York when he was two years old, but finished high school in Johannesburg. Returning to the U.S., he settled in the historic university community of Charlottesville, Virginia and in 1990 assembled a multiracial musical ensemble called The Dave Matthews Band. Its first performance was at a Charlottesville private party on May 11, 1991. Its first public show was at the city's 1991 Earth Day Festival. Word of the group's contagious new sound spread quickly through the region. 

Building a solid local reputation with club dates, the band embarked on a punishing tour schedule that ultimately resulted in impressive sales for their self-produced and financed debut 1993 recording, "Remember Two Things.” It was certified gold by the RIAA, a significant accomplishment for an independent album. 

Courted by major labels, The Dave Matthews Band signed with RCA Records, where their first offering, Under the Table and Dreaming, entered the Billboard charts in 1994 at number 34. Their second album for RCA, Crash, immediately went to number two on the U.S. chart, confirming the band's arrival as one of the top rock acts of the ‘90s. In 1997, a double-disc live Dave Matthews Band album titled Live at Red Rocks 8-15-95 debuted at number three on the Billboard chart and was instantly certified platinum. Their third studio album, Before These Crowded Streets, debuted in the number one spot, deposing the Titanic soundtrack. In 1999 Dave Matthews' lasting popularity was confirmed when "Live at Luther College: An Acoustic Performance by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds” debuted at number two. 

The band's next two recordings, Everyday and Busted Stuff, both went straight to number one on the sales charts. Their third in the live album series was released in 1999 and titled Listener Supported. The double disc album was quickly certified double-platinum and a video of the performance sold well over a million copies. 

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds toured as an acoustic duo during the winters of 1996, '97 and '99. In 2000, The Dave Matthews Band ranked as the top-grossing tour band in the U.S. 

His most recent hot-selling CD is titled "Some Devil.” It is his solo debut recording. Matthews also oversees ATO Records. 


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