Mat Kearney to Perform at IWU
February 22, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -Illinois Wesleyan University's Student Senate will sponsor a performance
by Mat Kearney, acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter, on Tuesday, March 6 at 7
p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington). Earlier this month,
Kearney opened for John Mayer at Bloomington's US Coliseum.
Tickets are $12 for adults and children and free for IWU students, faculty and staff
with I.D. Tickets for the public are available online at Ticketmaster.com, and IWU
tickets are available at the steps of the Bertholf Commons on campus (104 University
St., Bloomington) beginning this Friday, Feb. 23.
Kearney, a native of Eugene, Ore., moved to Nashville the summer after his junior
year of college at Chico State University (CSU) in California with his friend Bob
Marvin. Traveling cross-country and sleeping in the back of their truck, Kearney
and Marvin had to sleep in a parking lot until they found an apartment in Nashville.
It was in this apartment, where Kearney says "the roof was caving in and mice were
crawling all over," that he recorded the demos that eventually earned him a record
Once in Nashville, Kearney waited to sign initial record deals until he felt his material
was "at a higher level." So he worked odd jobs and began writing and singing, dedicating
time every day and performing at songwriting nights to popular musical talents such
as Nickel Creek and Duncan Sheik.
After four years, Kearney released his first self-financed album Bullet, which sold 40,000 copies through an independent label in Nashville. The response
to his songwriting was instantaneous and lead to his record deal with Aware/Columbia
Kearney's major label debut, Nothing Left to Lose, references his journey to Nashville and his decision to try his hand in music.
Kearney studied English literature at CSU and developed his skills as a painter, photographer
and writer of poems and screenplays. It was these poems, blended with the musical
influences of Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and James Brown, as well as hip-hop artists
De La Soul, The Pharcyde and A Tribe Called Quest, that formed his first original
For additional information, contact the Student Senate Entertainment Commission at
(309) 556-1367 or visit http://www.matkearney.com.
Contact: Meg Dubuque, (309) 556-3181