Oregon native Mat Kearney has been reaching people with his music since his debut album Nothing Left To Lose. Before pursuing a career in music Mat attended California State University Chico, in Chico California, on an athletic scholarship for soccer. After traveling to Nashville, Tennessee with music producer friend Robert Marvin, Mat realized he wanted a career in music, and he began writing songs. 

However, while spending time in Chico, the party life began to catch up with him. “I guess I lived it up and did what everyone said you should in college. I discover the depths of depravity, the bleakness of that lifestyle. It just wasn't working. I finally started understanding there must be more to life,” he explains. “God found me when I was at my lowest point. That was the first time in my life when I really felt like I understood who Jesus was, it was more than knowing about him, I felt like he met me in that time and place.” 

After deciding to focus on music, Mat began playing at local coffee shops and eventually made the move to Nashville. Shortly after, Mat released his debut album Nothing Left To Lose in 2006, which featured the song of the same title. 

His single, “All I Need,” was featured on ABC’s Gray's Anatomy and NCIS. To promote Nothing Left To Lose, Mat toured with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Train, and John Mayer. He also headlined VH1's first ever You Oughta Know Tour in 2007. Mat then released City of Black and White in 2009 which featured the song, “Closer to Love,” and in 2011, released Young Love, which included the single “Hey Mama.”

His song “Hey Mama,” was written about Mat’s experience of meeting his now wife. “I wrote the song ‘Hey Mama’ about meeting my wife in a clothing store and I was trying to impress her and she was not at all feeling what I was putting out there,” Mat says. “When I wrote the song I was thinking about the time we had first met and I went into my room and I just started clapping it and stomping on the ground. I created the beat first and then I just grabbed a pad and paper and I was just jumping around the room thinking about these verses and the song just started out.”

Mat hopes with this album that listeners can connect with the joy in life, even in the midst of hard times. “I hope that the album makes people smile and they experience the joy that I experienced in writing it,” he says. “I also hope that it causes them to maybe look at their experiences in their life that led them to the decisions that they made. I was interested in this idea that our pain and our distress teaches us to be closed to the world and [the album] Young Love was really an attempt to look beyond our pain and our distress to maybe find that place of innocence again, and some of the songs are really trying to push through some of the pain in our lives and experience some of the innocence that we could reclaim.”

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