Mat Kearney’s unusual first name may come from a mistake on his birth certificate, but there’s no mistaking this contemporary Christian recording artist’s talent. He fused folk, rock, and hip hop into a uniquely spiritual sound that given him five top twenty hits on the Adult Contemporary charts. Moving to Nashville on a whim, Mat Kearney lived in abject poverty, believing his engaging voice and gifts on guitar would take him to a better place, and his first album, 2006’s Dove Award-nominated Nothing Left to Lose, put him on that path. The title track went gold and won several BMI Awards, while youth-oriented Trainwreck was named the Hip Hop/Rap Recorded Song of the Year by the Gospel Music Association. Mat Kearney’s success as a Christian artist soon crossed over to mainstream music when his 2009 album reached number one on the Christian charts and number thirteen on the Billboard 200. His 2015 release, Just Kids, continues that trend, cracking the top twenty on both charts and producing a single, Heartbeat, that adds a slight touch of funk to his pop style. His softer songs, including All I Need, have made his music a staple of TV soundtracks, with his work featured on more than two dozen programs. Mat Kearney’s vast array of influences give him a solid reach beyond the world of contemporary Christian music, and his generally subtle lyrics offering hope and inspirational escape from hardship have an appeal to concertgoers that make his annual tours a popular attraction and a hard ticket to get.
Mat Kearney Just Kids Tour
Mat Kearney’s 2015 Just Kids Tour uses his list of adult contemporary and Christian contemporary hits into a family friendly event. He’ll be stopping in plenty of small towns and mid-sized cities with well-established concert venues, from the heart of his fans base in the Deep South to spots across upstate New York and New England. Mat Kearney has done a solid job blending hip hop, funk, pop and a bit of country to bridge the generation gap. An effective rapper, the Oregon native uses a straightforward style with an easy-to-follow spiritual message, even when he touches on subjects like romance or money. Fans of his Christian music should expect secular crowds, particularly in places like Buffalo, Baltimore, and Boston, but his Kearney’s concerts are as all-embracing as his crossover and pop-oriented songs. Mat Kearney incorporates old-school and traditional concert elements, from disco balls to personalized songs about the cities he plays, but he’s also a solid musician who demonstrates his skills on guitar and piano, switching between laidback numbers and animated hip hop with ease. His frequent tours have made him a solid performer whose concerts aren’t for just kids.