Mainstream Spotlight: Mat Kearney

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June 23, 2008 by: Rodney

Mat Kearney was born in Eugene, Oregon, but is now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Mat Kearney represents the singer-songwriter for the 21st century. While keeping an acoustic base, Kearney incorporates wide-ranging influences that color his songs. His lyrics have stired the deepest universal emotions over the last 4 years.

They’ve moved people so much that he has received widespread recognition from his major label debut, “Nothing Left to Lose”, that was released in 2006.

In fact, his songs have appeared on television shows like “The Unit”, “Without A Trace”, “The Hills”, “Bones”, “Jericho”, “Friday Night Lights”, “8th & Ocean”, “One Tree Hill”, “Scrubs”, “The Closer”, “NCIS” and “Grey’s Anatomy” just to name a few. Mat’s most recent single, “Breathe In, Breathe Out”, debuted last September, and it was used once again on the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy”. He has also toured with Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, and The Fray; and even headlined VH1′s first ever “You Oughta Know Tour” in the spring of 2007.

He lists U2 and The Beatles as major influences of his music. He considers The Joshua Tree to be one of his favorite albums of all time. Mat had this to say about the new project he is currently working on…

i’m set to hit the studio any day now to record the songs i have stumbled across this last few years. i cant wait to get them down on tape. i have also been shooting a lot of old super 8 film across the country with some old high school friends from oregon who fell in love. im not sure what to do with all of the footage just yet, but i’ll be showing it when i do. thank you again for all your support and spreading the word. i am a creature of community, inspired to write sing along pop songs, i appreciate all of you who have joined in and given life to what i do. i hope that this finds you well. until we meet again…

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear his new music. Here’s a live version of “Breathe In Breathe Out” to hold all of us over…

Every Monday we highlight fellow believers like Mat, who are having success writing and playing their music in mainstream media. Our goal behind this is to encourage them, inform you of who they are and then see how, together, we can introduce more people to Christ.

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2 Responses to “Mainstream Spotlight: Mat Kearney”
  1. Erin Turner says:

    i love football and lovestory that is why i like Friday Night Lights. **-

  2. i love to watch NCIS, the story is great and i love the special effects too ‘.’

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