Handpicked by Reverbnation as one of only 250 artists from an original 4 million for their breakout artist CONNECT program, Makayla Lynn is a fresh face in the industry with the vocals, songwriting ability and stage presence that many call unprecedented for her age. The ECMA, Music NS and IMEA nominated artist boasts more than 850,000 video views from over 25,000 social media fans with the numbers climbing rapidly. The award winning singer/songwriter has penned over 100 songs and released a debut Nashville recorded and produced album “Daydream” that has already seen 2 singles released across Canada with great success. The Taylor Guitars partnered artist is no stranger to the stage, performing for the past 6 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.
Barely a teenager, Makayla Lynn has 3 albums under her belt, including her latest project "Daydream". Recorded in Nashville, TN and released in June 2014, "Daydream" has been 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 components of the album will make it competitive in today’s country market. The first single was released to 150 stations across Canada in August 2014 and has made the DMDS chart for the most active indies in it's first week at radio. The second single released in June 2015, was equally as successful. 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. "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
March 2014 found Makayla Lynn in Nashville, TN working with some of the top A-list musicians in Music City on her first fully produced, radio quality mastered, studio album. Produced by Smith Curry (steel and dobro for Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Randy Travis and many others) and Darryl Landry (songwriter/publisher), with vocal production by Dave Demay (Star Search winner and nephew of legend Buddy Killen) the project has quickly turned into something unprecedented for such a young East Coast musician. Having written or co-written 6 of the tracks sets the young songwriter apart from many others her age. She has been steadily co-writing with hit writers here in Canada as well as in Nashville in preparation for a 2016/2017 follow up album.
Makayla Lynn is fortunate enough to be backed by some of the top A-list musicians in music city while in the studio; Smith Curry, Tim Grogan, Bobby Terry, Dane Bryant, Wayne Killius, Jimmy Carter, Jim Van Cleve, James Mitchell, Kevin Grantt (2014 ACM Bass Player of the Year Nominee), and Michael Rojas (2015 ACM Piano/Keyboardist of the Year). Together they have played on albums for and toured with dozens of the top acts in country such as Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Randy Travis, Jason Aldean, Pam Tillis, Alabama, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Toby Keith and many, many more.
A very active presence on the social media scene, Makayla has been experiencing a rapidly growing fan base with more than 850,000 views of her videos on youtube and more than 10,000 fans on her facebook page. She is currently ranked the #1 country artist in Nova Scotia and #3 in Canada by Reverbnation with more than 25,000 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 6 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. 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.
Makayla has lent her musical talent to many causes including The Canadian Cancer Foundation, The IWK Children's Hospital, The QEII Hospital, The Kids Help Phone, The Christmas Daddies, The Nova Scotia Mental Health Foundation, and many more. In Nova Scotia however, the name Makayla Lynn is synonymous with the fight against bullying. Her song The Joke's On You is being used as an anti-bullying theme in classrooms as far away as Japan and Australia. In June 2013 the song was picked up by the Canadian Red Cross as part of their RespectED Anti-bullying campaign. In June 2014 Makayla again used her talent to help others heal penning the song "Fallen Hero" to honor 3 fallen officers in New Brunswick. In the first 24 hours the home video was shared more than 30,000 times and went on to be used in tribute videos around the country and a Nashville recorded single was released the following year.
A straight A student attending high school on a part time basis, correspondence courses have allowed Makayla the freedom to perform and write daily. With many co-writes, festivals and showcases already secured for 2016, keep your eye on this rising star as she continues to make her name in the country music industry.
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