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Mattea remains one of Nashville’s most spiritual singers, and the songs she sings about love lost and humility are as fine as any she has recorded.
Her voice stands out as a rare blend of warmth and power.
Kathy Mattea has never stuck to conventions within any genre: a country music hitmaker in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Mattea has also made forays into Scottish folk, gospel, and roots music.
One of Nashville’s finest song interpreters.
Twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association, Kathy Mattea established herself in the late 1980s and 1990s as an artist at ease with both country tradition and free-ranging innovation and as a masterful “songcatcher” with a keen sense of songs and songwriting. In 1990, the West Virginia native won the first of her two Grammy Awards: a Best Female Country Vocal Performance award for her moving “Where’ve You Been,” cowritten by her husband, Jon Vezner.
Mattea is one of the most successful women in country music, yet her creative spirit has led her to explore musical territory well beyond its confines. Her recent records have intertwined Celtic, gospel, and bluegrass influences with the folk and acoustic music that have always served as her artistic anchor.
In 2021, Mattea was announced as the new host of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.