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Kathy Mattea

Background information
Birth name Kathleen Alice Mattea
Born June 21, 1959 (1959-06-21) (age 48)
South Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Origin Cross Lanes, West Virginia
Genre(s) country, bluegrass
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Instrument(s) vocals, guitar
Years active 1983-present
Label(s) Mercury Nashville, MCA Nashville, Narada
Website mattea.com

Kathy Mattea, full name Kathleen Alice Mattea (born June 21, 1959 in South Charleston, West Virginia), is a female country music and bluegrass performer who often brings celtic sounds to her music, particularly with her release of Love Travels, one of her most critically popular albums. Image File history File links Kathy Mattea - Feb 1989 Photo by Alan C. Teeple User:ACT1 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... South Charleston is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 13,390 at the 2000 census. ... Official language(s) none (de facto English) Demonym West Virginian Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Largest metro area Charleston metro area Area  Ranked 41st in the US  - Total 24,230 sq mi (62,755 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Cross Lanes is an unincorporated census-designated place suburb of Charleston, WV located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making music. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... Narada Productions is a record label formed in 1983 as a new age music label. ... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... South Charleston is a city in Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 13,390 at the 2000 census. ... Official language(s) none (de facto English) Demonym West Virginian Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Largest metro area Charleston metro area Area  Ranked 41st in the US  - Total 24,230 sq mi (62,755 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music. ... Celtic music is a term utilized by artists, record companies, music stores and music magazines to describe a broad grouping of musical genres that evolved out of the folk musical traditions of the Celtic peoples of Northern Europe. ...

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Biography

She was born in South Charleston because it had the nearest hospital to her parents' home in Cross Lanes, where she grew up, graduating from nearby Nitro High School. She discovered her love of singing at Girl Scout camp. In 1976, while attending West Virginia University, she joined the bluegrass band Pennsboro, and two years later dropped out of school to move to Nashville. She worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame, did backup vocal work for Bobby Goldsboro, and sang demos for several Nashville songwriters and publishers including Nashville songwriter/producer Byron Hill who brought her to the attention of Frank Jones (then head of Mercury Records), who signed her to her first record deal in 1983. Cross Lanes is an unincorporated census-designated place suburb of Charleston, WV located in Kanawha County, West Virginia. ... Nitro is a city located in West Virginia. ... The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American girls living abroad. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA. Other campuses include: West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg; West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery; Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser; and a clinical campus for the Universitys... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ... Bobby Goldsboro (born Bobby Goldsborough, January 18, 1941, in Marianna, Florida), is an American country/pop singer, as well as a songwriter. ... Byron Hill was born on December 12, 1953. ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ...


Mattea's third album, 1986's folky Walk the Way the Wind Blows, proved to be her breakthrough both critically and commercially. Her cover of Nanci Griffith's "Love at the Five and Dime" was her first major hit, reaching #3 (and in addition, earned Griffith notice as a songwriter), and the album produced three other top ten songs: "Walk the Way the Wind Blows" (#10), "You're the Power"(#5), and "Train of Memories" (#6). Depiction of Nanci Griffith on the cover of her album Flyer Nanci Caroline Griffith, (born July 6, 1953 in Seguin, Texas) is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. ...


Further hit songs include her first #1, "Goin' Gone"; the truck-driving song "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" (1988); "Come From the Heart" and "Burnin' Old Memories" (both #1 hits in 1989); "She Came From Fort Worth" (1990); "Lonesome Standard Time" (1992); "Walking Away a Winner" (1994); "Nobody's Gonna Rain on Our Parade" (1994); "Maybe She's Human" (1994); and "455 Rocket" (1997). "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" in late May 1988, became the first single by a solo female to spend multiple weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart since Dolly Parton's "You're the Only One" in August 1979; both singles were on top of that chart for two weeks. Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, author, actress and philanthropist. ... Youre The Only One was a song composed by Carole Bayer Sager and Bruce Robert, which provided a hit for Dolly Parton. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


The heartrending "Where've You Been," which Mattea's husband Jon Vezner co-wrote with singer/songwriter Don Henry, reached #1 on the country chart and won her a 1990 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal. Mattea is a repeat winner of the County Music Associations Female Vocalist of the Year, which she won on the success of "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" and "Where've You Been."


The following year, Mattea took part in Voices That Care, a multi-artist project that featured other top names in music for a one-off single to raise money for the allied troops in the Gulf War. The project included Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers and Randy Travis. She has also been heavily involved in HIV/AIDS-related charities, beginning in the early 1990s, and is often credited with leading the country music community, commonly regarded as the last segment of the entertainment industry to address the AIDS epidemic, to finally do so. She performed with Mary Chapin Carpenter on VH1's very first Save The Music concert, which also starred Bette Midler. For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... Kenneth Ray[2] Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958 in Princeton, New Jersey) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, with a diverse musical style that is sometimes said to be unclassifiable. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedienne, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ...


Mattea won another Grammy in 1993 for her gospel-oriented Christmas album, Good News. Her first single from the album, "Mary, Did You Know?," went on to be covered by Kenny Rogers with Wynonna Judd, as well as Reba McEntire. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gospel music is music that is written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life, as well as (in terms of the varying music styles) to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. ... Mary, Did You Know?  is a modern Christmas carol, by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene. ... Kenneth Ray[2] Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... Wynonna Ellen Judd (born May 30, 1964) is an American country music singer. ... Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is a Grammy award winning American singer and country music performer, and actress. ...


Mattea subsequently moved to MCA Nashville[1] and, in 2000, released the ballad-heavy The Innocent Years, a heartfelt tribute to her ailing father. Wanting to explore her taste for Celtic folk, Mattea hopped labels to Narada, for whom she debuted in 2002 with the eclectic Roses. MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... Narada Productions is a record label formed in 1983 as a new age music label. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


With her social activism and her taste for songs with introspective lyrics, it has been often said that Mattea owes as much to the traditions of folk music as mainstream country. Social activists are people who act as the conscience and voice of many individuals within a society. ... Lyrics are the written words in a song. ... Folk song redirects here. ...


Though her recent work has failed to make the country charts, Mattea continued to enjoy a strong following throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s; her albums are critically well-received, and she continues to tour and perform. She continues to have strong support from a very active fan club, whose members refer to themselves as Matteaheads. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article is about the decade of 2000-2009. ... A fan club is a group that is dedicated to a well known person, group, idea (such as history) or sometimes even an inanimate object (such as a famous building). ...


Kathy currently travels the country presenting Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" and speaking to crowds about the importance of fighting global warming and the environmental and physical devastation of coal mining. This article is about the former Vice President of the United States. ... An Inconvenient Truth is an American Academy Award-winning documentary film about climate change, specifically global warming, presented by former United States Vice President Al Gore and directed by Davis Guggenheim. ... Global warming refers to the increase in the average temperature of the Earths near-surface air and oceans in recent decades and its projected continuation. ...


Discography

Albums

Year Album Chart Positions RIAA Label
US Country US 200
1984 Kathy Mattea 42 - Mercury
1985 From My Heart 42 -
1986 Walk the Way the Wind Blows 13 -
1987 Untasted Honey 11 - Gold
1989 Willow in the Wind 6 82 Gold
1990 A Collection of Hits 8 80 Platinum
1991 Time Passes By 9 72 Gold
1992 Lonesome Standard Time 41 182 Gold
1993 Good News 51 -
1994 Walking Away a Winner 12 87 Gold
1997 Love Travels 15 121
2000 The Innocent Years 35 - MCA
2002 Roses 38 - Narada
2003 Joy for Christmas Day 69 -
2005 Right Out of Nowhere 73 -
2006 Definitive Collection - - Mercury
2008 CoalA 64 - Captain Potato
  • APeaked at #2 on Top Bluegrass Albums.

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Singles

Year Song US Country Album
1983 "Street Talk" 25 Kathy Mattea
1984 "Someone Is Falling In Love" 26
"You've Got a Soft Place to Fall" 44
"That's Easy for You to Say" 50
1985 "It's Your Reputation Talkin'" 34 From My Heart
"He Won't Give In" 22
"Heart of the Country" 46
1986 "Love at the Five and Dime" 3 Walk the Way the Wind Blows
"Walk the Way the Wind Blows" 10
1987 "You're the Power" 5
"Train of Memories" 6
"Goin' Gone" 1 Untasted Honey
1988 "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" 1
"Untold Stories" 4
"Life As We Knew It" 4
1989 "Come from the Heart" 1 Willow in the Wind
"Burnin' Old Memories" 1
"Where've You Been"A 10
1990 "She Came From Fort Worth" 2
"The Battle Hymn of Love" (w/ Tim O'Brien) 9 A Collection of Hits
"A Few Good Things Remain" 9
1991 "Time Passes By" 7 Time Passes By
"Whole Lotta Holes" 18
"Asking Us to Dance" 27
1992 "Lonesome Standard Time" 11 Lonesome Standard Time
"Standing Knee Deep in a River (Dying of Thirst)" 19
1993 "Seeds" 50
"Listen to the Radio" 64
"Mary, Did You Know?"B Good News
1994 "Walking Away a Winner" 3 Walking Away a Winner
"Nobody's Gonna Rain On Our Parade" 13
"Maybe She's Human" 34
1995 "Clown in Your Rodeo" 20
1997 "455 Rocket" 21 Love Travels
"Love Travels" 39
2000 "The Trouble with Angels" 53 The Innocent Years
"BFD" 63
2006 "Live It"B Right Out of Nowhere

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References

  • Millard, Bob. (1998). "Kathy Mattea". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 329-330.

External links

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