On Mackenzie's arm is a tattoo that reads “Hummingbird”. Hummingbird was a nickname given to Mackenzie as a young child as she was often found playing alone, content, and humming made up melodies to herself. She remembers desires to be a singer/performer at the early age of 4 years but recalls hiding those desires as she went through her grade and middle school years.
The hummingbird has become part of Mackenzie's brand and is used in her band logo! Mackenzie recalls her school years as being without direction and feeling that a life path outside of music wasn't presenting itself. It was at the age of 14 when the clouds began to part after Mackenzie engaged in the simple act of picking up a guitar. She proceeded to strum, teach herself chords, and experience a part of her brain that seemed to understand music better than anything she had been taught in school.
She learned the finger picking style she uses today influenced by her early work playing the banjo. In her later teen years, Mackenzie’s vocal abilities were recognized as special by a handful of notables: John Oates (Hall N Oates), Country Singer Lee Ann Womack, Courtney Burns (head talent producer at The Voice), Bruce Hall (former head of opera and voice at Northwestern University), and Artie Kornfeld (Woodstock 1969 founder and former VP at Capitol Records). In the summer of 2017, Mackenzie was asked to tour Nashville with Artie Kornfeld as he engaged in a book signing tour.
Mackenzie provided live music for the crowd at each venue that hosted this music legend. During this tour Mackenzie met a well known Nashville based producer who she has continued to work with over the last several years. Mackenzie has also branched out to work with several other Nashville based production teams. This work has included writing partnerships with some of Nashville's best and most successful writers with more than a dozen number one songs to their credit.
She has formed longer term writing partnerships with Nebraska based Jason Hamor, Nashville based Jessica Sirls, and Olivia Rudeen from DeLuge Music Nashville. Mackenzie entered talks with several media companies but has avoided the temptation to take just any deal when entering the complicated world of professional music. In the summer of 2020 Mackenzie completed a project deal with Nashville based Merf Music that included writing a song with hit writer Chris Wallin and recording that song with Emmy Nominated producer Eric Torres.
That song will join three other original compositions on her new EP entitled "Hummingbird". Mackenzie continues to build writing partnerships and has experienced growing success as a songwriter landing over 20 songs on small market radio in the USA and Europe. Mackenzie also continues to perform regularly in some of the best venues around Chicagoland, Southern Wisconsin, and at times in Nashville. Mackenzie was recently endorsed by Oregon based Breedlove Guitars!