Mat Kearney was just a little bit stoked when his fourth album, "Young Love," debuted at No 4 on the Billboard 200 In August -- his highest showing ever by a good nine places.
"It's pretty amazing," says Kearney, 32, who was born in Oregon and now resides in Nashville with his wife, Anne. "It's pretty special when you work on something for a year and you put it out there and it's received so well. Most people go to work each day, do their work, go home and they're finding out what their status to work is on a day to day basis, or week to week.
"Not me. I go away and work on something for awhile, then I reveal it to everyone and hope they like it. So when people do, it feels pretty special."
Besides the strong showing on the on the general chart, "Young Love" is topped Billboard's Christian Albums survey, just like its predecessor, 2009's "City of Black & White." He's happy for that, too, although he's cautious about being stigmatized and pigeonholed.
"My faith is a huge part of why I write," acknowledges Kearney, whose songs have also appeared in numerous films and TV shows. "That journey towards redemption I like to write about, from the gutter into the light, is all informed by my faith and is why I started writing in the first place.
"I don't mind being part of that (Christian music) scene, but I don't really understand the genre or the industry of that. I never really tried to be part of it, but I don't mind if my music speaks to that audience, too."
Mat Kearney and Leagues perform Sunday, Nov. 13, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. Tickets are $18. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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