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.
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...
Track listing: Right Outta NowhereGimme ShelterHurt SomeLove's Not Through With Me YetLoving You, Letting You GoLive ItI Hope You're Happy NowDown on the CornerOnly Heaven KnowsGive It AwayWade in the Water http://www.mattea.com/
Track listing: Time Passes ByWhole Lotta HolesWhat Could Have BeenAsking Us to DanceSummer of My DreamsHarleyQuarter MoonI Wear Your LoveA Few Good Things RemainReady for the StormFrom a Distance http://www.mattea.com/
Track listing: Untold StoriesLife as We Knew ItEighteen Wheels and a Dozen RosesThe Battle Hymn of LoveLate in the DayGoin' GoneUntasted HoneyLike a HurricaneAs Long as I Have a HeartEvery Love http://www.mattea.com/
Track listing: Street TalkSomeone Is Falling in LoveYou've Got a Soft Place to FallTakin' the Givin' AwayYou Know That I Do (And I Know That You Won't)Full Time LoveSomewhere Down the RoadThat's Easy for You to SayBack to the Heartbreak KidGod Ain't No Stained Glass Window http://www.mattea.com/
Track listing: It's Your Reputation Talkin'I Believe I Could Fall in Love (With Loving You)Trail of TearsNever Look BackHeart of the CountryBall and ChainWhen I'm Over You (What You Gonna Do)Talkin' to MyselfHe Won't Give InIf I Hadn't Met You http://www.mattea.com/