Media 2019/20: 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: Hummingbird Video
Original Song: Anything Other Than This Video
Original Song Growing Pains: Video
Mackenzie O’Brien’s career has been on an upward trajectory in both Chicagoland and Nashville, Tennessee. Mackenzie has performed close to 400 times in her first four years as a professional including performances in some of Nashville’s best venues.
Mackenzie grew up in Northern, Illinois close to the Wisconsin border and had only one career in mind since the age of four years. Prior to then she had been given the nickname “Hummingbird” as she was often found playing alone humming made up melodies. This natural gift has stayed with her and she is a sought after melody driven songwriter. To date, Mackenzie has landed over 25 songs on small market radio in the USA and Europe.
Mackenzie has drawn attention from music companies in both the USA and the UK. She signed a project deal with Merf Music Nashville this summer that teamed her up with superstar writer Chris Wallin and Grammy nominated producer Eric Torres. The result was her newly released single “You’re Not Tequila”. This song joined three other original songs on her recently released EP entitled “Hummingbird”.
Over the last four years Mackenzie has caught the attention of various music notables that include John Oates, and Lee Ann Womack. In 2019 Mackenzie was awarded a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts to support her in building her brand and in 2020 she was endorsed by Portland based Breedlove Guitars. Mackenzie continues to travel between Music City and Chicago and, at times, to other US cities to perform.
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, Carol's Pub Chicago, Bub City Rosemont, HoopsFest Hebron, Evergreen Pub St Charles and many others!
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.