SONG OF THE DAY – “CLOSER TO LOVE” by Mat Kearney

February 13, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt is from my favorite artist of all time!

I absolutely love this song, but actually … I love every single song by Mat Kearney. He is amazing and I never grow tired of listening to his music. This seems like the perfect song for the day before Valentine’s Day.
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I fell in love with Mat Kearney’s music back in 2006 after the first time I heard the song “Nothing Left to Lose.” His music just captures my soul. He is an incredible songwriter and the lyrics of his songs are beautiful – so full of depth and emotion, and he is great storyteller. It is hard to classify his music into just one category because he has successfully been able to combine so many types of music into his songs: rap, hip-hop, folk, rock, pop, and just some amazing guitar melodies. Can you tell I am a fan?!
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I love Mat’s story and his path. He was born in Eugene, Oregon and attended California State University in Chico. It was during his time at California State University that he had a life changing experiencing. In his words from a cbnmusic.com article, he said:
“I guess I lived it up and did what everyone said you should do in college,” he recalls. “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.” … “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 just knowing about Him, I felt like He met me in that time and place.”
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After that experience, Mat moved to Nashville, TN (where he still resides), and that is where his musical career took off. We actually made a visit to Hillsboro Village (an area near Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, TN this last summer on our road trip across the country while moving from Dallas to the east coast. I figured we were right there and, since he reportedly lives there, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a photo. My kids were mortified! 🙂
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I have seen Mat Kearney live on four different occasions and I would see him every month if I could. He has a very strong fan base, but I am amazed at how many people are still unfamiliar with him and his music. Every time I introduce someone to his music, they become a fan. If you are not familiar with him, listen to this song (and watch the great video!) and then go listen to ALL his music. I promise you won’t be disappointed. You also have to love his signature hats. 🙂
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