Walton Arts Center Welcomes Singer/Songwriter Mat Kearney

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, April 26, 2022 – Oregon-born, Nashville-based pop singer/songwriter Mat Kearney will make his Walton Arts Center debut at 7 pm on Monday, May 2, as part of the Land O’Lakes Concert Series.

Kearney’s mellow compositions and deft blending of hip-hop, folk and contemporary Christian music have garnered him more than 2.5 billion global streams. With five albums in the Billboard Top 200 and three in the Top 20, chart-topping songs including “Nothing Left to Lose” and “Hey Mama,” and tours with John Mayer, Train and NEEDTOBREATHE under his belt, Kearney is an up-and-coming artist you won’t want to miss in the intimate Walton Arts Center setting.  

January Flower, his new studio album, sees Kearney in his rawest form, distilling the songwriting process and rediscovering the joy of making music. January Flower recalls Kearney’s early work veering in a different direction from his 2018 album CrazyTalk. The new album was also inspired by his acoustic tour in fall 2019 to promote the 10th anniversary of The City of Black and White, which was the last time Kearney was on the road before everything shut down in the pandemic.  

“The introspection of this year framed that,” explains Kearney, who spent 2020 revising and editing songs. “It’s hard to write big party anthems in a year like we had in 2020. I was more introspective and I also craved that, so there’s more of that melancholy, simple songwriter stuff. We spent this past year really taking our time. It was a really beautiful way to have perspective on the songs.” 

Tickets range from $21 to $41, plus applicable fees, and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office weekdays 10 am until 2 pm, by calling 479.443.5600 weekdays 10 am until 5 pm or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.  

Masks are encouraged but not required at this Walton Arts Center show. Patrons should be aware that masking protocols may vary from artist to artist. If you have questions about an upcoming performance, please visit the policies at www.waltonartscenter.org, or call the box office at 479.443.5600. 

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org