Just named Music Nova Scotia's 2017 Country Recording of the Year winner, Makayla Lynn is a fresh face in the industry with the vocals, songwriting ability and stage presence that many call unprecedented for her age. Representing Nova Scotia in the 2016 CCMA Spotlight contest, the ECMA, Music NS and IMEA nominated artist boasts over 1 million video views from over 50,000 social media fans with the numbers climbing rapidly. The award winning singer/songwriter has penned hundreds of songs and released a debut Nashville recorded and produced album “Daydream” that saw 2 singles released across Canada with great success. With a follow up album currently being shopped to labels in Nashville, TN and released to the public March 24th, Makayla will not only show her songwriting ability with 11 originals on the album, but will also prove herself behind the scenes as a co-producer. A Taylor Guitars partnered artist, Makayla is no stranger to the stage, performing for the past 8 years all around the Maritimes, Ontario and in Nashville as an acoustic solo/duo/trio and fronting her own band since the incredibly young age of 12. She has shared the stage and opened for some of country music's biggest names and is a regular in front of crowds as large as 30,000 in some of the most iconic venues.
"Makayla Lynn just might be Canada’s next breakout country music star" - Canadian Musician Magazine
Nominated for Music Nova Scotia's 2016 Digital Artist of the Year, Makayla Lynn has 4 albums under her belt, including the award winning album "Daydream", followed up by "On a Dare and a Prayer" to be released March 24th 2017. Recorded in Nashville, TN and released in June 2014, "Daydream" was nominated for ECMA Country Album of the Year, ECMA Rising Star of the Year, IMEA Country Album of the Year as well as Music Nova Scotia's Country Recording of the Year. A ground breaking project for such a young artist, the album helped pave the way for Makayla Lynn as she ventures into the next steps in what is promising to be a very long career. The first 2 singles were released to 175 stations across Canada and made the DMDS charts for the most active indies in their first week at radio. Several of the songs from "Daydream" have landed Makayla nods in songwriting contests including being named a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting and Unsigned Only Contests, and a regional finalist in CBC's Searchlight Contest. "Daydream" quickly turned into something unprecedented for such a young East Coast musician and we are confident that "On a Dare and a Prayer" will far surpass the debut. Backed by a team of some of the most sought after A-list musicians in Music City (including the 2015 ACM Keyboardist of the Year and the 2014 ACM Bass Player nominee) the credentials behind Makayla's team are an artist's dream.... Just ask Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks and just about every other legend in country music that have been lucky enough to be backed by them.
"Makayla Lynn has it...and it's just the beginning. She can hold a crowd of thousands with her singing/songwriting and playing. Can't wait to see what her budding career will bring the world of country music" ~ Russell MacKenzie, FX101.9fm - Halifax
A very active presence on the social media scene, Makayla has been experiencing a rapidly growing fan base with over 1 million views of her videos on youtube and more than 30,000 fans on her facebook page. She is currently ranked the #1 country artist in Nova Scotia and #2 in Canada by Reverbnation with more than 50,000 fans. At the prime age for social media, Makayla's internet based support system is expanding rapidly as she makes a name for herself all around the world.
The past 8 years have found Makayla Lynn performing alongside of many of country music's biggest icons. She has been fortunate enough to spend time and share stages with names like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Tanya Tucker, Bill Anderson, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock and countless others. In March 2013 at just 11 years old, Makayla took the stage with Juno Award Winning songwriter Serena Ryder for a duet in front of a sold out crowd. This performance turned heads and helped Makayla secure a name for herself as a sought after opening act for performers and venues. She has had the pleasure of opening for Country Music legends Ricky Skaggs and Joe Diffie, as well as Johnny Reid, Kira Isabella, Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Charlie Major, The Road Hammers and others. She has joined award winning artists in songwriter's circles (Deric Ruttan - Grammy nominee for "Mine Would Be You" and Dave Carroll - "United Breaks Guitars") and has performed in showcases during many award weeks including the CCMA's and ECMA's. The list of major music festivals and venues Makayla has graced the stages of reads like a dream for most performers yet she has been able to make it a reality. The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), Boots and Hearts Festival (Ontario), Cavendish Beach Music Festival (PEI), Maritime CountryFest (NB), Stan Rogers Festival (NS), Hugh's Room (ON), The Stage On Broadway, The Second Fiddle, Legend's Corner, Hotel Indigo, The Commodore, Nashville Palace (All in Nashville, TN) are among a few.
"I have to say I was very surprised to hear such a "grown up" voice coming from such a young lady!! Very beautifully balanced, well controlled singer." said Kent Williams, Production/Booking Manager of three Nashville venues.
A straight A student attending high school on a part time basis, correspondence courses have allowed Makayla the freedom to perform and write daily. She prides herself on giving back, lending her musical talents to causes including the IWK Children's Hospital, The Canadian Cancer Society, The Kid's Help Phone, The Red Cross and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, to name a few. Makayla continues to tackle topical issues, using her gift of songwriting to help others in times of need. Her songs "The Joke's On You" and "Fallen Hero" continue to be used in world wide campaigns for the Red Cross and RCMP respectively.
Summer 2017 will find Makayla once again performing weekly at festivals and venues throughout the Maritimes while steadily writing and preparing for the next steps in her blossoming career.
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