Monday, November 30, 2009

December 1

It's December 1st, and if anybody deserves a mention, it's Mat Kearney. This guy's been rolling out hummable hits for the last few years, not to mention the somber songs in the final minutes of your favorite TV shows, and nobody knows his face. He headlined the VH1 Channel's first "You Outta Know" tour (I guess we see how that worked out...)
I almost got vetoed on this by MiLady, who started griping about me featuring yet another musician nobody's heard of. And then I played this video:

As soon as the yodeling chorus kicks in, she's singing along. And that's the point: everybody HAS heard him. It's just that nobody's caught on to him, although his songs are inescapable, especially if you're watching prime-time dramas, spending your Sundays in one of those hip churches that wear jeans and serve cappuccinos, or shopping for sweaters this Christmas seasons. It's too easy to lose him with all the other contenders in whatever genre you want to call the Coldplay/Fray sound. So, let me slip you some knowledge, the next time you're in a carful of people trying to remember who sings that song.
Mat Kearney's from Oregon, who found his way a few years back, and that way led to Nashville. His first album came out in 2006. His singles are: "Nothing Left to Lose" (with the yodeling chorus), which was in that episode of Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, Bones, DirtySexyMoney... "Undeniable", which was in that episode of Cold Case... "Breathe In, Breathe Out", which was on that other episode of Grey's Anatomy (when they added the interns to the cast, I think...)

and the one from his new album, "Closer to Love", which they used in Vampire Diaries, and has that piano part...

Mat Kearney - Closer To Love (Official Music Video) - The most popular videos are here

There; now I've set things straight, and the world will finally recognize and appreciate the songwriter that they've been singing to all this time. As our former President said, "Mission Accomplished!"

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