I heart Young Love

Mat KearneyDo you remember the first album you purchased or were given?

I think I was about 8 when I received my first album.  For as long as I can remember, music has been a passion of mine.  I know I don’t thank my creator enough for the blessing of hearing.  The ability to hear {for people who have this sense} is something most of us take for granted.  I can’t imagine my life without music nor do I want to.

It is extremely rare to find an album where I like every single song included.  I am always happy, being the practical person that I am, when I like at least HALF the songs on the album.  This way I feel like I am getting my money’s worth. {snicker}  It is a huge disappointment when I purchase an album {because I like one song & think I will like most of the group’s music} and only like the one song they play on the radio.  Fortunately, these days we don’t have to purchase the album without sampling it online.

This month, on August 2nd to be exact, Mat Kearney released his new album, Young Love.

Who is Mat Kearney?

Mat Kearney LiveOregon born Singer-Songwriter plays acoustic folk with a twist of hip hop attracting a wide range of fans.  Mat moved to Nashville after his junior year at California State University to pursue music.  It was also at this time when Mat picked up a guitar for the first time. Using a roommate’s guitar, he tried covering other songs. Realizing he was not too good at it, he began writing his own. Though things were going well for Mat at school, Chico caught up to him. At a school known for its partying, Mat fit right in. In an interview, Mat said, “I guess I lived it up and did what everyone said you should do in college. I discovered the depth of depravity, the bleakness of that lifestyle. It just wasn’t working. I finally started understanding there must be more to life.” Mat continued, “God found me when I was at my lowest point. That was the first time in my life when I really felt like I understood who Jesus was- it was more than knowing about Him, I felt like He met me in that time and place.”

You might recognize the song Nothing Left to Lose.  This was the first song of Mat’s I heard and instantly fell in love with.  Many other people did too as it has sold over 500,000 copies and won numerous BMI awards.  All I Need is one of my favorite songs on his album Nothing Left to Lose as well.  It was written about 2 of his friends in New Orleans and their experience during Hurricane Katrina.  He did a beautiful job bringing emotion into this song.  All I Need was also featured on Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS and began to chart on iTunes top 100 downloaded songs. It peaked at #94 on the Billboard Pop 100. {click on name of song to see music video of song}

Another song you probably know is the brilliant Closer to Love.  This song received airplay on both secular and Christian outlets.  However, one of my favorite songs from the same album, City of Black & White is Here We Go.

Mat’s songs have appeared on the following television series: 30 Rock, Dirty Sexy Money, Kyle XY, The Unit, Without A Trace, Laguna Beach, The Hills, Bones, Jericho, Friday Night Lights, Wildfire, What About Brian, South Beach, 8th & Ocean, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, The Closer, NCIS, Life Unexpected, Grey’s Anatomy and The Vampire Diaries. His song Runaway is featured on the Soul Surfer movie soundtrack.

Both Nothing Left to Lose and City of Black & White are what I consider very good albums.  I have listened to both countless times and they always make me feel good.  Mat’s music is easy on the ears, just as he is easy on the eyes. {But I LOVE my husband…don’t get jealous, honey ;)}  Both albums are well worth the purchase and then some.  You never have to worry about the language of the lyrics.  They are family friendly albums. 😀

Mat Kearney’s new album, Young Love is amazing!  I LOVE every single song!  I was uber excited to listen to his new album after seeing Mat in at Blissdom Blog Conference. {Maybe you remember me talking about it back in January?}  If you have the opportunity to see him live, do it!  He sounds just as good live as he does in his recordings.  I have to tell you little more about his show at Blissdom.

Photo taken by www.angryjuliemonday.com

Picture this, small venue at one of the Bar’s in the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.  {You can tell how small when you see my photos included in this post}  The only people allowed into this bar/show were the Blissdom attendees who consist of 99% women.  It was funny.  After Mat sang his first song he says, “This has to be every man’s dream, right here.”  Later in the show he remarked, “I am pretty sure this is the most documented show I’ve ever done.”  Seriously, every where you looked women were on their phones tweeting about the show.  Honestly, I thought it was kind of on the rude side.  Fortunately, he knew who his audience (social media, nature of the business) was and had a very good sense of humor about it.  He spelled his name for everyone so they could follow him on twitter.  Me, can you guess what I was doing?  Of course…I was there with my camera taking shot after shot {trying to contain my dancing feet since nobody was dancing.}

The first time I listened to Young Love I caught my 8 year old daughter dancing around the pool to it.  She gives two thumbs up, too. 😉  I have listened to this album almost every day since it was released.  The lyrics are about love, marriage and family.  Guess that’s to be expected from a newlywed.  Congratulations to Mat & Annie who were married in June of 2010.  If you want to learn more about the talented Mat Kearney, including concert tour dates, go to his website www.matkearney.com or check out the special interactive widget below.

Place your cursor over the widget {photo} to see dots. Click on the dots to be able to:

  • See the Hey Mama music video
  • Get the Lyrics
  • Join Mat Kearney’s Facebook Page
  • Get your concert tickets to see Mat
  • Listen to Hey Mama

Sources: Wikipedia and Rhapsody

This unpaid review was written because I am a fan of Mat Kearney’s music.  All opinions expressed are my own. I am grateful my friends at One2One Network are sending me Young Love as a gift. It will be in my car CD player from now on. 🙂 Thank you One2One Network.

Music Brings JOY,

A Definite MUST SEE

We just returned from seeing the movie Soul Surfer.  I am completely blown away by this movie and the main character {Bethany}, who is a real person.  To say I was inspired is a complete understatement.  Bethany has an unbelievable amount of faith, courage and perseverance.  Movies like this are special and rare…I might even say life changing.  I completely recommend this movie. As a matter of fact, whenever I feel down or I feel a pity party coming on I should watch this movie.

Not only was I impressed with Bethany, but with her family.  They had such unity and passion for life.  The relationship between the parents and their children was beautiful and endearing.  Now I know, this was a MOVIE.  Movies don’t have time to share all the unhappy moments when the kids might talk back to their parents or fight with their siblings.  I also know how sometimes movies might not portray things the way they really were in real life.  However, I have a distinct feeling their family had to be very similar to the one in the movie for Bethany to have the strength, desire and support to continue after such a set back.

I believe the PG rating, from my point of view, was because of the shark attack. I hope my sensitive youngest daughter will not have bad dreams about that part.  It was tastefully done, not too gory.  I was glad for her to see the movie, though.  I believe she will come away from the movie with the understanding of how to keep her faith through challenges.  I am grateful we were able to go as a family {minus one daughter, we miss you ;)} and the language was not bad.

The only thing I didn’t like about the movie was how much it made me miss the ocean and the beach, my favorite place on earth.  The scenery was exquisite and breathtakingly beautiful…of course, it was in Hawaii.

Thank you to my sweet husband for suggesting we see this movie.  He says he remembers when the news story broke about Bethany.  I wish he would have shared it with me.  This is the kind of news I LIKE to hear.  Nevertheless, maybe I wouldn’t have appreciated the movie as much knowing so much before hand?  No, I still would. 😀

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any form or fashion for this review. All content in this post are my opinions.
This movie definitely brought me JOY,