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Oregonian by birth, cool-voiced Mat Kearney is Nashville’s resident genius when it comes to landing songs on TV (Grey's Anatomy, 30 Rock, Vampire Diaries). Hollywood's prime-time love, as well as bighearted choruses that stick in your brain, means big-time record sales. Mat’s pop hooks get compared to John Mayer and Coldplay. He’s newly married. He’s got a loyal band of locally plucked virtuosos. And just to show that Nashville is home sweet home, Mat’s becoming a certified taxi driver. “No better place to hear good stories,” he says.
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His Nashville Hero:
“Emmylou Harris might be insulted if I lump her in with ‘old Nashville,’ but she is a hero of mine. I pulled up next to her at a stoplight the other day—she looked beautiful as ever.”
Wishes He Had Written:
Miranda Lambert’s “The House that Built Me,” written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.
A third album, Young Love, is in the hopper.