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Matt Kennon knows the power of a great song. It can stir your emotions, move you to tears, motivate you to action, and in some cases even save your life, as Matt has seen firsthand in his career with songs like “The Call,” “You Had To Pick On Me,” and even his latest song, “Daddy Don’t Go.” For him music is about the message, and time and again he’s written thought-provoking and heart-tugging songs that have racked up impressive chart numbers and even more impressive sales: throughout the course of his career he’s already sold 300,000 singles and 30,000 albums.
The Atlanta native is inspired by and writes about things close to his heart, and often finds himself writing songs with emotional messages, as in his hits “The Call” and “You Had To Pick On Me.” His songs have definitely hit home with many struggling with issues like suicide, post-traumatic stress, and bullying, and the Atlanta native actually devoted the last two-plus years to a special anti-bullying campaign he developed and took to 83 schools in seven states. Through partnering with several sports foundations around the country, including Alabama coach Nick Saban’s charity, Nick’s Kids, Matt was able to reach 150,000 students with a powerful anti-bullying message.
The campaign was just one example of how apt Kennon is at dialing in to the emotions his fans are experiencing, and for proof of that connection, one need not look any further than the iTunes chart, where Matt has been a Featured Artist for the last five years with each of his independent releases. His explosive live shows no doubt fuel those sales as well, as Kennon is a powerful live performer with thousands of shows under his belt on all sorts of stages. Throughout the course of his career he’s shared the stage with everyone from Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, and Train, to Darius Rucker, Uncle Kracker, Lee Brice, and The Band Perry, among others.
Matt also has a powerful social media presence as well – his video for “The Call” recently reached an amazing seven million views. And he’s a successful songwriter in his own right, with outside cuts by artists like Randy Travis, (who recorded his song “Turn It Around,”) and many others.
The soulful singer writes with many of Nashville’s top writers regularly, and a few collaborations with longtime buddy Mark Collie led to the two deciding to work together on his brand new EP. Kennon created the new music with Collie and award-winning guitarist J.T. Corenflos, who co-produced the project, as well as executive producer Aaron Barnes. He recalls how the collection fell together effortlessly and became a collaborative effort among creative friends.
“JT has been a co-producer of mine for a couple of years,” remembers Kennon, “and he had a connection with Larry Crane, the original guitarist for John Mellencamp. We did a project in Indy a couple of years ago, and I wrote a song called ‘Same Old Town’ and we put it on this project we recorded with John Mellencamp’s full band and JT. After that we teamed up with Mark Collie, and he and I started writing some together. Not long after that we went to the House of Blues and got Mike Brignardello, and Dan Dugmore, and some other great session musicians and put a two-day session together. We also got David Leonard, who’s worked with Toto, the Outfield, Paul McCartney, and many more, to engineer this new record, and he did such a great job with it. It really was a dream team in the studio making this new music.”
A thread that runs through the new EP is definitely love, and its awe-inducing power to lift us up, stir our souls, or crush us in its wake when it goes. It’s a subject Kennon is intimately familiar with, and the material is well-suited for the hard-working artist who is finally coming into his own creatively and hitting his stride. The songs on the new EP touch on universal themes like the inspiring power of love and the devastation its loss can cause, as in the heart-wrenchingly real “Daddy Don’t Go,” a ballad penned through the eyes of a child dealing with the pain of a divorce.
That pain is mined even deeper on “Midnight Jesus,” a song penned by Mark Narmore, Jami Grooms, and Alex Dooley about a broken man at the end of his rope on his knees calling out to God for salvation from the pain of a lost love. And the flip side of those two, “Reason I Sing,” celebrates a man’s undying love for his woman, who inspires him to new heights each and every day. For Matt, the tunes are another way to connect with the fans who have helped him and fueled his career for the past decade and give back to them while growing as an artist and reaching his full potential.
“I feel we’ve really honed in now on what kind of artist I am,” explains Kennon. “When I first released it, my song ‘The Call’ broke in a big way out of the gate, but I didn’t break as an artist because I hadn’t fully developed. So we’ve been trying to catch up to that for a long time. I ended up moving out of town for a while, and really found myself when I moved, and I just kept my head down writing and playing until I was ready to return to the forefront.
“I think sometimes to write great material you have to live, and I had to live a little bit, and now I’m able to write about it and sing about it with conviction. I think that’s important, and it makes it believable and makes it real. I just try to be real with my fans, and because they’ve been loyal to me and hang in there with me, now we owe it to them to return with some new music and hopefully we can put it out on a large scale. I’m really excited for the future and can’t wait to share this with my fans.”
Kennon is excited to be gearing up for this new chapter of his career, and eager to get out and take the new music to fans around the country. He continues to perform across the nation, and is a powerful live performer with thousands of shows under his belt on all sorts of stages. Throughout the course of his career he’s shared the stage with everyone from Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, and Train, to Darius Rucker, Uncle Kracker, Lee Brice, and The Band Perry, among others. For him, connecting with the fans and touching people’s lives is still what it’s really all about.