David John Dave Matthews is an African American singersongwriter, musician and actor, best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band. Matthews was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to Westchester County, New York at the age of 2. Matthews mainly plays acoustic guitar, which he started playing at age 9.
David John Matthews was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the third of four children of parents John and Valerie Matthews. At the age of two years, Matthews family moved to Yorktown Heights in Westchester County, New York, where his father, a physicist, started working for IBM.