Media 2018/19: Mackenzie O'Brien Features and Interviews
WGN Midday TV News Chicago
The Iceman's Country Countdown Nashville
The Chicago Music Guide
Wizard Radio London and Europe
WXRW River West Radio Milwaukee
WGLC Classic Country Lasalle Ill
ComCast Tv Syndicated "In a Nutshell"
SkyHigh Radio Cambridgeshire England
Lif0ti Magazine Print and Online
WSUM Madison Wis Radio
Blast FM Belfast Ireland
WNIJ Public TV DeKalb Ill
Coffee Cup Productions Chicago
WHIW Harvard Radio
Indie Original Syndicated Radio Central Florida
IndieCast TV and Indie Artist Movie TV
Mackenzie O'Brien Appearance PBS Documentary "The Dick Biondi Story"
Original Song: Growing Pains Video
Original Song: Anything Other Than This Video
Mackenzie turned professional in the summer of 2016 after graduating high school. Mackenzie remembers being only four years old and knowing this was what she wanted to do with her life. She also remembers keeping those thoughts secret through her grade school years as peers and even teachers told her no-one becomes a professional singer. However, no other life plan presented itself. Mackenzie was nicknamed "Hummingbird" as a young child as she often played alone and could be heard humming made up melodies to herself. It is this natural ability that has led to her reputation as a melody driven song writer.
In the last few years Mackenzie's musical journey has "taken off" and, at times, seems to be blessed. Mackenzie’s journey has taken her to performances in the cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Austin, Los Angeles, and Nashville. Her talent has brought her interest from professionals in The US, England, and Ireland.
Mackenzie toured Nashville in July of 2017 with Artie Kornfeld (The Woodstock Fest. founder and former VP at Capitol Records) after being noticed by Artie’s agent. During this trip she met with Nashville based producer Bill McDermott and a working relationship was founded. Through Bill, Mackenzie has met and written with top Nashville writers that have earned distinctions such as being grammy nominated, CMA nominated, and being BMI’s top money earner. Mackenzie has since branched out and worked with other production teams and producers in Music City. Mackenzie currently performs between the cities of Chicago and Madison as well as continued work in Nashville.
Mackenzie discovered her instrumental abilities at the age of 14 when she picked up a guitar out of boredom and proceeded to teach herself to play. Mackenzie has also added some ukulele and banjo to her repertoire of instruments played; however, her voice is what has set her apart. Her voice has been applauded by industry insiders like John Oates (Hall N Oates), Artie Kornfeld, Chris Gantry (former writer for Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell), and Courtney Burns (Senior Talent Producer at The Voice).
Mackenzie has received feature write ups or featured performances in the following media over the last yearend a half: The Chicago Music Guide, Chicago’s NW Herald Newspaper, Nashville’s Up and Comer radio program, Wizard Radio London, Syndicated ComCast TV, Northern Illinois University TV, Radio outlets in Madison Wis, and Milwaukee and on Chicago’s WGN Midday News. Mackenzie has also had more than 20 of her songs picked up for radio play in numerous cities in the USA as well as London, Dublin, and Belfast. In December of 2018, Mackenzie's talent was recognized and she was awarded a grant funded by The National Endowment for The Arts to aid her in developing her craft in 2019.
Mackenzie recently released a CD (Ready For Change) and three full videos with one being shot in Nashville and the other Two in Chicagoland and Southern Wisconsin. She continues to explore professional partnerships in Nashville and beyond and is thankful to the so many folks who have seen something in her and blessed her path along the way! The Mackenzie O'Brien Band is also now available for booking and they look forward to a busy summer schedule in 2019!
Booking Information and requests for interviews: or 815-236-5007 (Mike)
The Mackenzie O'Brien Band
Booking: or 815-236-5007
2019 Scheduled Band Performances: The Coffee House (Burlington Wis), The Law Office Pub and Music Hall (Yorkville), The RocHaus (West Dundee), Spoondoggers (Genoa City Wis), The Quarry Cable Park (Crystal Lake), Duke's Ale House (Crystal Lake), Starline Factory Main Stage (Harvard), Niko's Red Mill Tavern (Woodstock), Nashwood Fest and Bocce Club (Highwood), The Toadstool Pub (Highwood), Teddy O'Brian's (Highwood), Woodstock Square (Woodstock), BBQ King Smoke Out Fest (Huntley), Kenosha County Fair, Walworth County Fair, House of Music and Entertainment (HOME Bar Arlington Heights), VFW Made In America Tribute (McHenry), Whiskey Waters Spring Grove, Bub City Rosemont, The Broken Oar (Port Barrington), Miss Kitty's Saloon (Marengo)
2020 Scheduled Performances: Firewater Saloon (Edison Park) Chicago, Firewater Saloon (Mt Greenwood) Chicago Many more performances to be announced
CD: READY FOR CHANGE
"Ready For Change" is a collection of original songs recorded in two of Nashville's top studios with the support of many of Nashville's top session players. The session players on "Ready for Change" have played with numerous industry icons such as Sheryl Crow, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Jason Mraz, Luke Combs, Toby Keith, Cheap Trick, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Lionel Richie, and One Direction.
Mackenzie teamed with Nashville based producer Bill McDermott on "Ready for Change" and a collection of original songs were chosen that highlight her emergence as a sought after and thoughtful song writer. Mackenzie now writes with teams in Nashville, Chicago, and the greater USA via scheduled Skype writes.
"Ready For Change" Includes fuller sounding productions like "Anything Other than This" and "We're all Screwed Up" and the more acoustically toned songs "Too Much to Ask" and "Sure Thing". Music videos for three of the songs ("Can't Put My Finger On It", "Growing Pains" and "Anything Other Than This") are available or will be available online by the end of August 2019.