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Honoured to have won the 2017 'New Artist of the Year' Maple Blues Awards

                                                         Photo by: Mikel Samel

2016 International Songwriting Competition 3rd Place Winner in the Blues Category!

I am honoured to announce that my original song "Devil Under Her Skin" has won 3rd place in the Blues Category at the 2016 International Songwriting Competition! Huge thank you to the ISC for allowing us to showcase what we LOVE to do and to the judges! Big shout-out to my co-writer Rich Mackenzie (aka Dad), Brant Parker and all of my studio musicians for being a part of this song, to Phase One Studio and my producer Dean Malton at Groundloop Studio and my band! Congratulations to all the winners and finalists! https://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

Infected with the Blues Promotional Video - Debut Album May 2016

2017 Highlights

2017 was an incredible year! As I open the gates to what lies ahead in 2018 I cannot thank everyone enough for the love, guidance and support you have shown me this year! I am honoured to have you on this amazing journey with me. Not sure where it is taking me but I sure am learning a lot and enjoying the ride!! All the best for 2018!!

Photo: Nick Harding

Photo: James St Laurent

Photo: Bill King

Biography

 

18 year old ‘New Artist of the Year’ Maple Blues Award winner, Spencer MacKenzie, has an insightful musical expression emerging from his body, and the only explanation is an old soul residing within! He has a deep, soulful, true to the blues sound, with an electrifying twist that captivates his audience. There is no question that musicians should be judged by ability and not by age, and that is certainly the case with 18 year-old blues artist Spencer MacKenzie…his guitar playing is crisp and clean even as it delivers some down-to-the bone licks…He’s got the blues power in his soul...” – Blues Blast Magazine (USA)

 

 His debut album ‘Infected with the Blues’ released in May 2016 earned rave reviews and international airplay. Over one year since the release, it still consistently hits the Top 50 Roots Music Report Blues/Rock Charts. "Goodbye Lucille is the best musical tribute to BB King I've ever heard....." -BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE (UK). Spencer and his original song "Devil Under her Skin" just took a 3rd place WIN in the Blues Category at the 2016 International Songwriting Competition! Spencers new album 'Cold November' which is partially funded by FACTOR is set to release April 27th 2018! Spencer was honoured to work with an incredible team on this album from his studio musicians to engineer/producers such as Dean Malton, Jeremy Darby, Charles Carvalho, Clifton Broadbridge and Eddie Krammer!

 

MacKenzie’s drive and work ethic goes beyond that of the typical teenager. Countless hours are spent song writing and travelling each week performing on the blues scene earning praise everywhere he performs. In 2017 he landed some prestigious festivals including Aurora Winter Blues Festival, Orangeville Blues and Jazz festival, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Lighthouse Blues Festival, Jazz and Blues in the Village Sarnia, Beaches Jazz Festival, Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle, Limestone City Blues Festival, Canal Bank Shuffle and more! In 2018 Spencer will be hitting some exciting stages including the Thunder Bay Blues festival, Val d'Or Eldorado Blues festival, Tremblant International Blues festival, Jazz and Blues in the Village, Wasaga Beach Blues festival and many more!

 

In 2013 he won Niagara Music Awards Rising Star as well as Blues Artist of the Year at the 2017 awards show. In 2016 won the Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search earning a spot to compete at the 2017 International Blues Challenge. Spencer won 3rd place in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition in the Blues Category and the highlight of the year is taking home the 2016 Maple Blues Award for 'New Artist of the Year' and he has just begun his journey! “There’s no doubt the future of the blues is in good hands with Spencer…..” – Chris Duarte. 

 

Duarte, along with other modern blues artists like Jonny Lang and Joe Bonamassa, provide a roadmap for Spencer. He has drawn favourable comparisons to them because they overcame the imaginary stigma of youth to scale the heights of the art form called the blues.

 

Spencer confirms that blues music has a future and that young people all over “get it” regardless of yet having some of the life experiences that the genre so often detail and that the blues is a feeling, one that can’t be denied or suppressed.

 

As MacKenzie puts it, “I got the blues running through my veins!”

 

 

 

Booking Inquiries Contact:

Brian Slack - Zeb Productions

zeb@vl.videotron.ca

514-830-4932 

 

Publicity Inquiries Contact:

Sarah French Publicity

sarah@sarahfrenchpublicity.com

 

All other inquiries e-mail Spencer directly at: info@spencermackenzie.ca

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