Blues Artist Of The Year
2017 Niagara Music Awards
New Artist Of The Year
2016 Maple Blues Awards
International Songwriting Competition
2016 3rd Place Winner Blues Category
Toronto Blues Society Talent Search
‘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 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 in 2016 ‘Infected with the Blues’ released in May 2016 earned rave reviews and consistently had international airplay hitting the Top 50 Roots Music Report Blues 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" took a 3rd place WIN in the Blues Category at the 2016 International Songwriting Competition!
Spencer’s new album ‘Cold November’ had an incredible team in the creation including the legendary Eddie Krammer who mixed one of the songs on the album. His new original ‘Move on Down the Track’ was a finalist in the Blues Category for the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. It is consistently hitting the top of the Blues Charts and receiving rave reviews around the World. Spencer was honoured and extremely thankful to receive a funding grant from FACTOR Canada which has allowed him to bring his album to incredible heights! “With an eye towards the future, he’ll be the one taking the blues there with him…Cold November is jaw-dropping in its maturity!” ….Rock Blues Muse.
Spencer’s new upcoming album set to release in the Spring of 2020! This album is sure to captivate the true blues audiences while crossing the barriers to inspire the blues-rock, soul and roots fans!
His 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. He toured his new album with Miles Evans on keys, Matt Burns on drums and Justine Fischer on bass, to many prestigious festivals including Thunderbay Blues Festival, Paisley Blues festival, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Donnacona Blues Festival, Trois-Rivieres en Blues, Southside Shuffle, Sarnia Jazz and Blues in the Village, and many more.
In 2016 Spencer won the Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search earning a spot to compete at the 2017 International Blues Challenge. In 2017 he won ‘Blues Artist of the Year’ at the Niagara Music Awards and took home the 2016 Maple Blues Award for 'New Artist of the Year' and he has just begun his journey! He has also earned 3 Independent Blues Awards Nominations with Making a Scene in 2019.
"He mentions many of his influences such as B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Joe Bonamassa, Colin James, Jimi Hendrix …. Spencer, nevertheless, has his own sound which, in my humble opinion, is going to carry him to great heights” - Blues and Roots Radio Worldwide
Spencer invites you to join his journey, connecting with the crowd is among the top highlights for Spencer! He’s not quite certain where it is taking him, but he is loving every step along the way!