7 Songs, 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. This session includes live and mostly acoustic versions of six songs from Mat Kearney’s 2011 release Young Love, plus a thoughtful cover of the Rihanna hit “We Found Love.” Fans should be pleased with the selections and how these intimate folk-rock performances capture a feel far from the album's punchy pop. The first three tunes are the most reimagined. Kearney's stripped-down take on “She Got the Honey” includes a full band minus the synths, plus a mellower, melancholy vocal that reveals a different side of the song. “Ships in the Night” is a touching duet with Ingrid Michaelson; Kearney substitutes a soft croon for the original’s rap section. “Down” is repurposed as a sweet, introspective ballad. The next three—particularly “Rochester,” featuring a guitar solo by Brad Paisley—are more similar to their Young Love counterparts, yet they fit well with the set.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This album is Mastered for iTunes. This session includes live and mostly acoustic versions of six songs from Mat Kearney’s 2011 release Young Love, plus a thoughtful cover of the Rihanna hit “We Found Love.” Fans should be pleased with the selections and how these intimate folk-rock performances capture a feel far from the album's punchy pop. The first three tunes are the most reimagined. Kearney's stripped-down take on “She Got the Honey” includes a full band minus the synths, plus a mellower, melancholy vocal that reveals a different side of the song. “Ships in the Night” is a touching duet with Ingrid Michaelson; Kearney substitutes a soft croon for the original’s rap section. “Down” is repurposed as a sweet, introspective ballad. The next three—particularly “Rochester,” featuring a guitar solo by Brad Paisley—are more similar to their Young Love counterparts, yet they fit well with the set.

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About Mat Kearney

Born in Eugene, Oregon, singer/songwriter Mat Kearney began his musical career 400 miles south at the Chico branch of California State University, where he studied literature and played on the soccer team. After completing his junior year, Kearney went to Nashville with friend/producer Robert Marvin, with the intention of only staying the summer to lay down a few songs. However, after offers for recording deals started coming in, Kearney decided to remain in Tennessee to seriously pursue his songwriting career.

Kearney's interesting blend of hip-hop and folk intrigued Inpop Records, which offered him the deal he'd been looking for and released his debut album, Bullet, in 2004. Kearney departed slightly from his rhymes and concentrated more on guitar work for his follow-up effort, Nothing Left to Lose. Released by Aware/Columbia Records in 2006, the album proved to be fairly popular, with three songs appearing in various episodes of Grey's Anatomy and two songs enjoying successful runs as singles. Kearney returned three years later with City of Black & White, supporting the album's release with a tour alongside Keane and the Helio Sequence. In July 2011, he released Young Love on the Universal label, coinciding with a tour with Owl City. In 2014, Kearney announced the release of his follow-up, Just Kids. Scheduled for an early 2015 release, the album saw him working once again with Josh Crosby -- as well as MDL (Justin Bieber, Maroon 5) -- while drawing influence for the album from his time growing up in Eugene, Oregon. ~ Marisa Brown

  • ORIGIN
    Eugene, OR
  • BORN
    December 1, 1978

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