AOL Music Selects Mat Kearney for Breakers New Music Series
Kearney's New Album Nothing Left To Lose Out April 18 on Aware/Columbia Records
AOL Music has chosen to feature Mat Kearney in their innovative emerging artists series, Breakers, whose alumnae include John Legend, 50 Cent, Michelle Branch, The Game and other highly successful acts. Kearney is one of six artists to receive the honor this spring, which entails his music being featured on AOLMusic.com and across the AOL Music and Radio Networks. Mat will also tape an AOL Music Session this spring.
"I'm honored to be on one of the artists featured as an AOL Breakers," says Kearney. "I really appreciate AOL's belief in what I'm doing."
This watershed moment in Kearney's career coincides with another -- the release of his major label debut, Nothing Left To Lose, which Aware/Columbia Records releases April 18. The title track is currently in the Top 15 on the AAA radio charts and continues to climb.
While in college, the Oregon-native visited Nashville on a summer break. In the country music capital he began writing emotionally complex songs dealing with redemption and spirituality that were inspired by the works of Southern writers such as Flannery O'Conner and William Faulkner. After writing four songs, Kearney called home to say he would not be coming back and began performing at songwriter nights at local venues alongside Nickel Creek and Duncan Sheik. Following a performance in Chicago, Aware Records president Gregg Latterman immediately signed him.
Nothing Left To Lose features 13 original tracks produced by Robert Marvin and recorded at Bridge Street, The Smokehouse and Sweetbriar Studios. Kearney plays acoustic guitar and is joined by Paul Moak (guitar), Lynn Nichols (guitar), Tony Lucido (bass), Lindsay Jamieson (drums) and others.
Released via an independent label, Mat Kearney's first album, Bullet, sold nearly 40,000 copies. He is currently finishing a tour with The Fray and will tour with Matt Wertz beginning April 5. Please see reverse for itinerary and visit http://www.matkearney.com/.
Recent success stories coming out of the AOL Music Breakers program include Kearney's Columbia labelmates John Legend and Teddy Geiger as well as Fall Out Boy, Sugarland and Panic! At The Disco. Other artists featured as Breakers include Avril Lavigne, Josh Groban, 50 Cent, Michelle Branch, The Game, Jet and Keyshia Cole.
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MAT KEARNEY TOUR * with The Fray and the Cary Brothers ** with The Fray + with Train ++ with Matt Wertz March 1* Metro Chicago, IL March 2* The Rave Bar Milwaukee, WI March 3* Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN March 10** Paramount Theatre Denver, CO March 19+ The Fillmore San Francisco, CA March 22** Iowa Memorial Union Iowa City, IA March 23** The Pageant St. Louis, MO March 24** Madrid Theatre Kansas City, MO March 29** The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI March 30** St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI April 2** House of Blues Chicago, IL April 4** Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY April 5++ Park West Chicago, IL April 7++ The Canopy Club Urbana, IL April 8++ Hope College Holland, MI April 10++ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland, OH April 11++ 20th Century Theater Cincinnati, OH April 13++ Mississippi Nights St. Louis, MO April 14++ Rhino's Bloomington, IN April 15++ Exit/In Nashville, TN April 17++ Rex Theatre Pittsburgh, PA April 19++ North Star Philadelphia, PA April 20++ Jammin' Java Vienna, VA April 21++ Axis Boston, MA April 22++ Knitting Factory New York, NY April 23++ Starr Hill Music Hall Charlottesville, VA April 25++ The Loft Atlanta, GA April 27++ Warehouse Live Houston, TX April 28++ Antone's Nightclub Austin, TX April 29++ Gypsy Tea Room & Ballroom Dallas, TX May 10 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR May 11 WOW Hall Eugene, OR May 12 Chop Suey Seattle, WA May 16 Cafe Du Nord San Francisco, CA May 18 Hotel Cafe Los Angeles, CA May 20 Club Congress Tucson, AZ May 21 Modified Phoenix, AZ May 24 Fox Theater Boulder, CO
SOURCE: Aware/Columbia Records
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