Debuting on the country charts at #55 in October 2009, newcomer (although in his 40s) country singer Matt Kennon’s song, The Call, is hopefully still gaining traction. In December Roughstock named The Call one of the best singles of 2009, describing it as “powerful and proud”…
The song hinges upon 2 phone calls, 1 inadvertent and the other intentional. In the 1st verse a guy interrupts his best friend’s suicide attempt with news of a party. In the 2nd verse a guy convinces a girlfriend to cancel her abortion because he decides he is ready to have a baby. On the surface, each of these verses has a few minor flaws. One has to wonder about a suicide attempt which can be so lightly derailed and, like most mainstream stories, we aren’t supposed to question teenage parenthood as the superior choice for pregnant teens. However, Kennon sells it….
On January 25 The Boot added an interesting backdrop to Kennon’s pro-life stance in its piece, “Matt Kennon discovers shocking details about his adoption”:
Newcomer Matt Kennon identifies with such fellow country singers as Jimmy Wayne, Jeff Bates and Rodney Atkins, who were either adopted or were at some point in the foster care system. The GA native was adopted at birth by 2 loving parents, who had previously lost 3 of their 4 biological children to a house fire.
Matt’s birth mother, who already had another son, made a decision to have an abortion, but she arrived at her doctor’s office 2 weeks too late and was told she had to carry the child (Matt) to full term. Matt’s adoptive mother had the same doctor, and she was able to take him and give him a loving, stable home.
But even knowing he was “chosen,” didn’t give Matt the peace of mind he was searching for – he had to find out exactly who he was, and the details surrounding his birth took the singer on a pretty painful journey….
In addition to finding his biological parents, Matt also found his brother, as well as a few unsavory details about what nearly happened to him as a baby. “I had a father and a mother who had been married once, got divorced … my father was re-married, went back [and] my mother got pregnant,” states Matt. “I have umpteen half brothers and sisters from my father, and my mother was just badly damaged and pretty dysfunctional, and she pretty much imprisoned herself and wouldn’t talk to anybody. So, she had let herself go. I’d found out that both my mother and father had both been homeless. I had a brother who was selling drugs to support my mother who couldn’t work. She was disabled. So, that was what I had found out. And that my father had tried to possibly do a black market adoption with me.”
Matt explains that his biological father tried to sell him for $10k to an attorney, who was later disbarred.
So, The Call singer took it all in, and how did he deal with it? “It gave me the drive to succeed and let them know I was more than just a price tag,” Matt explains. “But there’s just so much more that went along with that. The last words my mother ever told me was that she wished she wouldn’t have had me because she wasn’t prepared to deal with this. And I never spoke to her again. Twelve years went by, and I found out a week after she passed away. And I had to disassociate myself that she wasn’t my mother. So, I refer to them as my ‘illegitimate parents.’”
Matt realizes that despite his beginnings, he’s pretty blessed. “I’ve only got a mom and a dad and they’re both alive and well, and they’ve always been there and they always will be there.”
Matt is riding the country charts with his poignant debut single, The Call, and is currently putting the finishing touches on his first album, which is due to hit stores later this year.
[Photo of Kennon via The Boot]