- Source of Wealth: Music
- Age: 38
- Birth Place: Huntington Beach, California, United States
- Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
- Marital Status: Married (Valary Sanders)
- Full Name: Matthew Charles Sanders
- Nationality: American
- Date of Birth: July 31, 1981
- Ethnicity: English
- Occupation: Singer, Songwriter
- Education: Huntington Beach High School
- Children: 2
Singer and songwriter M Shadows has an estimated net worth of $20 million. He has accumulated his net worth as the lead vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold as well as a songwriter and producer of songs and albums for various artists. He possesses the voice type of a high baritone. He is well known for his distinctively gritty singing style as well as occasional screaming.
Born Matthew Charles Sanders on July 31, 1981 in Huntington Beach, California, he also goes by the names of Shadows and Shadz. M Shadows started singing at an early age. His interest in rock music grew as he became older and when he began playing the guitar. Playing the piano is the major factor in developing his skills with the guitar and his voice. He attended Huntington Beach High School where he played a brief stint with the punk band Successful Failure. He formed the Avenged Sevenfold in 1999 together with high school friends Zacky Vengeance, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan and Matt Wendt. Sullivan’s friend Synyster Gates joined the band as the lead guitarist.
M Shadows several years before the making of City of Evil that it would be an all singing album. This 2005 album has achieved mainstream success that included the singles Burn It Down, Bat Country, Beast and the Harlot, and Seize the Day. The album Walking the Fallen will be half singing, half screaming. Other albums will be all singing. Their self-title album includes singles such as Critical Acclaim, Almost Easy, Afterlife, Scream and Dear God.