Media 2018/19: Mackenzie O'Brien Features and Interviews
"Mackenzie has the Best Voice we have ever had in our place" Venue Owner
"I dig her voice" John Oats (Hall N Oats)
"Mackenzie is Darling and has a very high ceiling for talent" CB Head Talent Producer at The Voice NBC
"There's something special about her" Artie Kornfeld (Founder of The Woodstock Fest. 1969)
"Mackenzie has her own style, her own lane, and has it all in her looks, voice, and ability to play guitar. She is a top talent" Producer Bill McDermott, Nashville
"Mackenzie is a very gifted and talented song writer" Ray Hamilton, CEO Merf Music Nashville
"As a band there is no drop off when moving from covers to originals. That is incredibly unusual" Venue Owner
Mackenzie O'Brien Media Features in 2019 2020
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
Indie Original Syndicated Radio Central Florida
IndieCast TV and Indie Artist Movie TV
Americana Rhythm Magazine
WHIW Harvard Radio
Making Music Magazine
Hits 100 Radio Arizona
Dayton Ohio Indie Music Madness
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 when she embarked on her journey as a singer songwriter. Her two tattoos (a hummingbird and the name "Hummingbird") pay homage to her young life when she was nicknamed Hummingbird because of her tendency to play alone somewhere while humming made up melodies. Mackenzie reports this as the only career she imagined for herself since she was the age of four years.
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, Denver, 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 a Nashville based producer and a working relationship was founded. This allowed Mackenzie the opportunity to meet and write 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 performances 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. After picking up that guitar, she reported feeling as if the clouds parted and her brain was unlocked. It was at this time that she fully realized that this would become her life journey. Mackenzie learned to play some banjo as well but her voice set her apart. She has been applauded by industry insiders like John Oates (Hall N Oates), Artie Kornfeld, Chris Gantry (former writer for Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell), Lee Ann Womack (Country Singer) and Courtney Burns (Senior Talent Producer at The Voice). 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.
In 2019 Mackenzie 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. This has led to a recent partnership with Merf Music Nashville and a plan to release a Merf Music produced single in the summer of 2020 on her EP "Hummingbird". Mackenzie has also connected with Oregon based Breedlove guitars and has a three year endorsement deal with the company. Mackenzie is thankful to the many folks who have seen something in her and blessed her path along the way!
Mackenzie introduced her band in 2019 and in their first year they have appeared at various venues and fests that have included BubCity Rosemont, FireWater Chicago, WGN TV's Midday News, The Kenosha County and Walworth County Fairs, The Summer Solstice Fest, and the Highwood Nashwood Fest.
Booking Information and requests for interviews: or 815-236-5007 (Mike)
The Mackenzie O'Brien Band
Booking: or 815-236-5007
2019 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), WGN TV Midday News Live
2020 Scheduled Performances: Firewater Saloon (Edison Park) Chicago, Firewater Saloon (Mt Greenwood) Chicago, The Burlington Coffee House, The Starline Factory, Spoondoggers, Miss Kitty's Saloon, Hi-Bowl Huntley, The Moto-Static Car and Music Fest., Rush Creek Distillery, Niko's Pointer Saloon, Pinz Yorkville , Emerald Isle Bar Chicago, The Toadstool Pub, Off Shore Chicago Rooftop at Navy Pier, The BBQ King Smokeout Fest, Bub City Rosemont, Bannermann's, The Dole Listening Room , The Copper Fiddle, The Quarry Cable Park, The Cottage Crystal Lake, , Chicago White Sox Park, Durty Nellies Palatine, Kenosha County Fair, Teddy O'Brian's Bar HighWood, The Village of Orland Park,
Note: Covid community shut downs have caused some schedule changes. Please visit our schedule for our most current schedule (update daily)
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.