He started to play at coffee shops and soon began to make small amounts of money.
At this time, Kearney had met friend and future producer, Robert Marvin.
Kearney, who last month launched his new Ballsbridge-based bar The Bridge 1859 with younger brother David and team-mates Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien, is said to have kept the relationship under wraps for some time but is now more open about it.
"By the end of the summer, we had three or four songs and I realized this is what I wanted to do. So I called home to Oregon and said, 'I'm not coming back' and I never left Nashville." On April 18, 2006, Kearney's second album and major-label debut, titled Nothing Left to Lose, was released.The newspaper has revealed that the 28-year-old rugby star has been dating “blonde bombshell” Jess Redden for the last year.A native of Dundrum, Jess is 21 and has reportedly been seen with the Ireland and Leinster full back in a number of Dublin pubs and restaurants.He attended California State University, Chico in Chico, California on an athletic scholarship and majored in literature, playing soccer until his junior year.Kearney first became interested in music after traveling to Nashville with music producer Robert Marvin.