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Mat Kearney

Singer-Songwriter Who Received Critical Acclaim and Widespread Recognition for his Debut Album, "Nothing Left to Lose"

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 Mat Kearney Biography

Mat Kearney didn't set out to write just another collection of songs for Young Love, his third full-length album and first for Universal Republic Records.

Instead, he penned a pastiche of honest, heartfelt, and hypnotic stories that'll make you move your feet and put a smile on your face. Kearney gives a piece of himself on every tune, while building timeless tales for listeners to follow as they dance and sing along.

The Oregon-born and Nashville-based artist made a conscious decision to approach songwriting differently this time around. Each phase of his career has been marked by genuine evolution. In 2004, the world was introduced to his unmistakable croon and vibrant writing style on the independently released Bullet. Signing with Columbia, he dropped his first formal full-length, Nothing Left to Lose in 2006 garnering critical acclaim and widespread recognition, moving over 450,000 units to date. Embracing a full band-fueled style, 2009's City of Black & White saw him debut at #13 on the Billboard Top 200.

He continued winning over crowds on tours with everyone from John Mayer and Sheryl Crow to Keane and The Fray. All the while, Kearney's music became appropriated by 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, The Hills, Friday Night Lights, Scrubs, NCIS, and numerous other television shows and films like Soul Surfer and Catch and Release. Over the course of these records, Kearney had 4 Top 20 hits on the Adult Top 40 chart. After all of this success, Kearney wanted to try something new for Young Love.

As a fan of hip-hop since childhood, Kearney actually turned to the genre for a little inspiration. "I approached Young Love like a singer-songwriter would approach a hip-hop record," he says. "We would start with beats or grooves that your body already responds to. It was a fun and fulfilling experiment."

The lead-off single "Hey Mama" ignited that experiment. The album's opening song brings listeners up close and personal with this fresh sound and into Kearney's world, introducing Young Love perfectly. "Hey Mama" describes the first meeting between Kearney and his new wife at the Anthropologie store in Tennessee that she was working at. After courting her for a few months, he stole her heart, and now it's all in the tune.

About the song he says, "The album really began with 'Hey Mama'. After clapping into my laptop and programming this beat, I was dancing around the room actually freestyling words. This wasn't me sitting around with some friends and an acoustic guitar. It was this visceral writing experience. I tried to find a way to write stories to these beats."

One of the most gripping stories on the album comes on its finale, "Rochester". Paying homage to Kearney's father, the final song also gives listeners a slice of Americana. Kearney reveals, "It's this very folk song that I wrote about my dad. My grandpa ran an illegal gambling ring in Rochester, NY out of a cigar shop, and my father lived through that. Then, he became a lawyer, went into the army, followed Pink Floyd through Europe and moved to Hawaii where he met my mother. I wrote about my family, friends, and loved ones. This album is a documentary not a drama."

To build this sonic documentary, Kearney went back to square one. In 2001, he moved out to Nashville with longtime collaborator Robert Marvin. They worked on each of Kearney's albums together; however, they managed to harness the same fervor of Bullet. Recording in Marvin's basement studio along with Jason Lehning, it was an exhilarating process. "It was like making a record in your buddy's house," continues Kearney. "The three of us played everything. We rekindled the spark we had at the beginning."

In the midst of recording, Kearney found a new home in Universal Republic Records, officially signing to the label in early 2011 and setting sights on a late summer release date for Young Love. Kearney opened up like never before on this album, and he didn't hold anything back. He declares, "Lyrically, I had to bleed every line if I was going to record it."

In the end, Kearney crafted stories that will be handed down for generations to come. He concludes, "There's a sense of joy, honesty, vulnerability, and wisdom in this record. I've experienced pain, but I still want to feel like that high school with butterflies in his stomach who loves life and has hope."

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  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Mat Kearney?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mat Kearney for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mat Kearney for your next private or corporate function.
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Mat Kearney

Singer-Songwriter Who Received Critical Acclaim and Widespread Recognition for his Debut Album, "Nothing Left to Lose"

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Mat Kearney Biography

Mat Kearney didn't set out to write just another collection of songs for Young Love, his third full-length album and first for Universal Republic Records.

Instead, he penned a pastiche of honest, heartfelt, and hypnotic stories that'll make you move your feet and put a smile on your face. Kearney gives a piece of himself on every tune, while building timeless tales for listeners to follow as they dance and sing along.

The Oregon-born and Nashville-based artist made a conscious decision to approach songwriting differently this time around. Each phase of his career has been marked by genuine evolution. In 2004, the world was introduced to his unmistakable croon and vibrant writing style on the independently released Bullet. Signing with Columbia, he dropped his first formal full-length, Nothing Left to Lose in 2006 garnering critical acclaim and widespread recognition, moving over 450,000 units to date. Embracing a full band-fueled style, 2009's City of Black & White saw him debut at #13 on the Billboard Top 200.

He continued winning over crowds on tours with everyone from John Mayer and Sheryl Crow to Keane and The Fray. All the while, Kearney's music became appropriated by 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, The Hills, Friday Night Lights, Scrubs, NCIS, and numerous other television shows and films like Soul Surfer and Catch and Release. Over the course of these records, Kearney had 4 Top 20 hits on the Adult Top 40 chart. After all of this success, Kearney wanted to try something new for Young Love.

As a fan of hip-hop since childhood, Kearney actually turned to the genre for a little inspiration. "I approached Young Love like a singer-songwriter would approach a hip-hop record," he says. "We would start with beats or grooves that your body already responds to. It was a fun and fulfilling experiment."

The lead-off single "Hey Mama" ignited that experiment. The album's opening song brings listeners up close and personal with this fresh sound and into Kearney's world, introducing Young Love perfectly. "Hey Mama" describes the first meeting between Kearney and his new wife at the Anthropologie store in Tennessee that she was working at. After courting her for a few months, he stole her heart, and now it's all in the tune.

About the song he says, "The album really began with 'Hey Mama'. After clapping into my laptop and programming this beat, I was dancing around the room actually freestyling words. This wasn't me sitting around with some friends and an acoustic guitar. It was this visceral writing experience. I tried to find a way to write stories to these beats."

One of the most gripping stories on the album comes on its finale, "Rochester". Paying homage to Kearney's father, the final song also gives listeners a slice of Americana. Kearney reveals, "It's this very folk song that I wrote about my dad. My grandpa ran an illegal gambling ring in Rochester, NY out of a cigar shop, and my father lived through that. Then, he became a lawyer, went into the army, followed Pink Floyd through Europe and moved to Hawaii where he met my mother. I wrote about my family, friends, and loved ones. This album is a documentary not a drama."

To build this sonic documentary, Kearney went back to square one. In 2001, he moved out to Nashville with longtime collaborator Robert Marvin. They worked on each of Kearney's albums together; however, they managed to harness the same fervor of Bullet. Recording in Marvin's basement studio along with Jason Lehning, it was an exhilarating process. "It was like making a record in your buddy's house," continues Kearney. "The three of us played everything. We rekindled the spark we had at the beginning."

In the midst of recording, Kearney found a new home in Universal Republic Records, officially signing to the label in early 2011 and setting sights on a late summer release date for Young Love. Kearney opened up like never before on this album, and he didn't hold anything back. He declares, "Lyrically, I had to bleed every line if I was going to record it."

In the end, Kearney crafted stories that will be handed down for generations to come. He concludes, "There's a sense of joy, honesty, vulnerability, and wisdom in this record. I've experienced pain, but I still want to feel like that high school with butterflies in his stomach who loves life and has hope."

Mat Kearney Videos

  • MAT KEARNEY - CHIP DON'T GO - YouTube
  • Mat Kearney - Ships In The Night - YouTube

FAQs on booking Mat Kearney

  • How to book Mat Kearney?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mat Kearney for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Mat Kearney, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mat Kearney or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mat Kearney?

    Booking fees for Mat Kearney, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mat Kearney, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Mat Kearney?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mat Kearney for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mat Kearney for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mat Kearney or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mat Kearney or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Mat Kearney is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Mat Kearney for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Mat Kearney generally travels from Nashville, TN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Don Felder, Gin Blossoms, 3 Doors Down, Lyle Lovett and Mumford and Sons. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mat Kearney for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Mat Kearney Speaker Videos

  • MAT KEARNEY - CHIP DON'T GO - YouTube
    Mat Kearney - Ships In The Night - YouTube

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