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Wednesday August 07, 2013

From Door County Advocate

Mattea more than just music: The country superstar, who performs Sunday at Door Community Auditorium, takes on a variety of causes
By: Kate Stein

Given her sizeable collection of music honors, it’s easy to overlook the importance of activism to country singer Kathy Mattea.

Mattea, who will perform at Door Community Auditorium this Sunday, has won two Grammys and four Country Music Association awards. She’s known for songs like “Where’ve You Been,” for which she won a 1990 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, and “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” which was a No. 1 hit in 1988.

But advocacy is equally important to Mattea and her career.

In 1994 and 2001, Mattea won prestigious awards from the Harvard AIDS Institute and the Minnie Pearl Foundation for her leadership in promoting AIDS awareness. She has performed at “Country in the Rockies,” which for more than a decade benefited research at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. She participated in a global-warming awareness project led by former Vice President Al Gore, presenting the slide show that would become “An Inconvenient Truth,” and in 2008 released “Coal,” an album featuring songs about the coal-mining industry.

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