"There's a sense of joy, honesty, vulnerability, and wisdom in this record. I've experienced pain, but I still want to feel like that high school with butterflies in his stomach who loves life and has hope."
– Mat Kearney
Mat Kearney didn't set out to write just another collection of songs for Young Love, his third full–length album and first for Universal Republic Records.
Instead, he penned a pastiche of honest, heartfelt, and hypnotic stories that'll make you move your feet and put a smile on your face. Kearney gives a piece of himself on every tune, while building timeless tales for listeners to follow as they dance and sing along.
The Oregon–born and Nashville–based artist made a conscious decision to approach songwriting differently this time around. Each phase of his career has been marked by genuine evolution. In 2004, the world was introduced to his unmistakable croon and vibrant writing style on the independently released Bullet. Signing with Columbia, he dropped his first formal full–length, Nothing Left to Lose in 2006 garnering critical acclaim and widespread recognition, moving over 450,000 units to date. Embracing a full band–fueled style, 2009's City of Black & White saw him debut at #13 on the Billboard Top 200.