The start of 2011 finds an array of artists in the studio prepping new albums. Singer/Songwriter Mat Kearney and southern rockers NEEDTOBREATHE are among them.

matkearneyMat Kearney recently sent an update to fans via his newsletter from a studio in Nashville:

Right now, I’m sitting on the studio couch here in Nashville as rain is drizzling outside.  We have been listening to 4 measures of the same song, over and over, trying to find the best transition possible. We seem to be pretty far along with my new record, “Young Love”.  I’m going out of my mind bouncing between feelings of extreme gratitude, as well as being completely overwhelmed.  Regardless, I cant wait to share this project with you. We put together a video from the studio so you can see what we have been up to.  I wanted you to be apart of the process and the madness. I hope this finds you well. -Mat Kearney
For up-to-the-minute info on Young Love (Columbia/Inpop), visit www.matkearney.com.
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NEEDTOBREATHE recently finished a run of packed shows on their headlining tour promoting The Outsiders (Atlantic/Word), where they debuted some brand-new material from their forthcoming album. The band heads out later this month with Taylor Swift, opening for the country superstar’s Speak Now tour all across the U.S. The video below finds the band in the studio and gives some behind-the-scenes glimpses into the making of the new album. For album updates, in-studio video blogs and T. Swift tour dates, check out www.needtobreathe.net.
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