“This is really fuckin’ good” Hamilton icon and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings member Tom Wilson admitted after seeing Mackenzie Leigh Meyer perform at Dave Rave’s (Teenage Head) annual Shake Rock and Rave holiday show; but this impressive, young, country singer/songwriter has been building buzz in the local music scene for quite sometime.
Launched into the music scene after winning the 2013 Hamilton Music Awards Rise to Fame Competition, you can now find Meyer all over Ontario: performing at major festivals Mattawa Voyageur Days where she has shared bills with Canadian greats like James Barker Band, Doc Walker and Chad Brownlee. In the off season, you can also find her on regular rotation at the majority of southern Ontario’s A-list country music venues, including The Stampede Ranch, The Social Pub, The Oshawa Corral and Big Texas; last year alone spending 336 hours performing over 75 gigs.
But Meyer is no stranger to the grind. In 2017 she graduated with honours the renowned Music Degree Program at Humber College where she studied voice and performance with some the top musicians in Canada. Amongst them, Rik Emmett of Triumph who commended Meyer on her "mature and disciplined" approach to songwriting.
Mackenzie certainly made 2019 a major year. Kicking things off with a “Golden Buzzer” performance and 2nd place win in The Next Country Music Star, Meyer found herself claiming emerging artists slots on many of country music’s favourite stages, including Havelock Jamboree, Boots and Hearts, Lucknow’s Music in The Fields, Hagersville Rocks and Country Wild Fest; who’s founder Matt Williams referred to her as “the best female voice in Canadian country music”. All elements that got her nominated as November’s CMA Ontario “Artist of the Month”.
In 2018 she released her debut EP Dive Bar Diva featuring renowned producer Ken Scott (David Bowie) who commented “watch out Carrie Underwood” after producing her single “Should Have Known”. The country-tinged EP's flaunts all of the diverse and dynamic sides that comprise Mackenzie. It soars through the many sub-genres of modern country music; ranging all the way from the vulnerable-americana "Your Company" to her confident, attitude-riddled-blues "Hope You're Lonely", and rounds off with her poignant, emotional ballad "More than a Memory". It's songwriting that garnered Meyer a second ballot nomination for "Roots Artist of the Year" at the 2019 CMA Ontario Awards and continues to foreshadow a promising career for this up and comer.
Debut single to radio set to release 2020