MacKenzie Porter: About You
The first Canadian act signed to Nashville's Big Loud label, this songwriter/actress shows real commercial potential on this new track. It's a slickly-produced post-break-up song that takes a sly jab at all the country party songs out there.
By Kerry Doole
MacKenzie Porter- "About You" (Big Loud Records): This country singer/songwriter from Western Canada is now kicking up her bootheels in Music City to fine effect.
She is the first Canadian signing to top Nashville-based label Big Loud Records, and this is the first project that the label is focusing on north of the border. This new cut (out today) is produced by hitmaker Joey Moi (Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith, Nickelback), and suggests Big Loud has backed a winner.
On this track, Porter displays a supple and convincing vocal style, while the lyrical content is subtly subversive. It begins by stressing that this is not just another of those feel-good party songs that dominate the country genre these days. "It ain't about turn it up to 10, a party for your friends, it's about lessons learned and getting what you deserve," she declares, in what emerges as a post-break-up song. Moi adds the big production sound he specialises in, making this a radio-friendly contender.
Porter released her self-titled debut album in 2013, and later scored a Juno nomination and multiple CCMA noms for her work. In 2016, she was featured on Chris Lane’s ‘Circles’ from his Top 10 US Country record.
Since moving to Nashville in 2014, Porter has continued to develop her chops as a songwriter with the notable likes of Nicolle Galyon, Craig Wiseman, Natalie Hemby, and Tommy English.
Of note: Porter's brother is 2004 Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter. She is also an accomplished film and TV actress (Dinosapien, Hell on Wheels, Travelers). One to watch.
Publicity: Tiffany Astle, Penelope PR