Wednesday, May 23, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Mat Kearney

Artist:Mat Kearney
Song:Closer To Love
Album:Playlist: The Very Best Of Mat Kearney

Though he doesn't do it on this song, Mat Kearney mixes rap with folk and rock. He's done very well on the Adult Contemporary chart but hasn't crossed over to pop yet. He may never do that and he probably doesn't need to. He was born Dec. 1, 1978 in Eugene, OR. He didn't get into music until he was attending California State University, Chico majoring in literature. The turning point for Kearney was when he gave up hard partying and found God. Then he met Robert Marvin. The two moved to Nashville to get into the music business. Marvin has gone on to produce Contemporary Christian acts like TobyMac. He still works with Kearney. In 2005, Kearney released his debut CD Bullet on the Contemporary Christian label InPop. It got the attention of Aware Records owner Gregg Letterman and Kearney singed up. Aware was distributed by Columbia. Kearney re-recorded several of the songs from Bullet for his 2006 major label debut CD Nothing Left To Lose. The first single Nothing Left To Lose reached #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. All I Need was used in the TV series Grey's Anatomy and fueled album sales after Sony probably thought the album died. Closer To Love is from Kearney's 2009 album City of Black and White. It got radio airplay mostly on Adult Contemporary radio but Kearney hasn't been able to cross over to pop. The album did OK but not as well as the first one. With his latest CD Young Love, Aware switched distribution to Universal. Kearney's single Hey Mama did well on the Adult Contemporary. market. He still has the CCM market in his back pocket so I wouldn't be surprised to see him record a Christian CD. Sony released a budget comp when Kearney left for Universal. It's a good intro to his music. His songs turn up on a lot of TV shows so I'm sure we'll hear more from Kearney. That's how record companies sell music these days. Here's the video for Closer To love by Mat Kearney.

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