I got an e-mail a few days ago, about a new, young artist named Mekenzie Zimmerman. The sender pointed me in the direction of her web site and her Facebook. And I listened to her music. I wasn’t sure at first if she’s a little bit country, or a lot pop, or something in between. But I do know for sure that she has a very nice voice.
Here is some information about McKenzie that I took from her website.
A Minute with Mekenzie
While other eight-year-old’s were listening to boy bands and the latest pop princesses on the radio, Mekenzie Zimmerman was discovering a more sophisticated musical palate. Introduced to bands like Fleetwood Mac, The Cranberries and the Beatles by her mother, those influences are interwoven throughout Mekenzie’s music today.
As a young singer/songwriter, Mekenzie’s skills on the guitar, piano and behind the microphone led to success at talent and music competitions before and throughout her high school years.
She recorded a demo of songs in 2005 entitled Where I Stand, a collection of emotional and raw acoustic ballads that evoke other singer/songwriters like Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair. Popular tracks from her demo include More and Thanks for Asking.
Mekenzie’s songs are living exhibits of life’s trials and tribulations. "Some of my songs are very bitter because of what I have been through in the past," she admits, "but songwriting is how I deal with those events. And putting those words into song is therapeutic—and brings me back to a place where I can write about the positive. Eventually, I come full circle."
Mekenzie’s debut EP, Introspective, is scheduled to be released in January 2011.
He also had a link to some of what she put on YouTube, and I quickly discovered that I liked the songs better when I heard them on Facebook than I did anything she had on YouTube. That is, with the exception of the following. This one will give you an idea of how well she sings. Then we’ll get on to some of her other songs.
I really like that little video. But I want you to listen to a few other things Mekenzie did. Let me know what you think. I’m definitely planning on following her career, and expect to be hearing a lot more from her in the future.
Listen to the two songs below, both of which I like very much, and you will understand why I wasn’t sure exactly which genre to put her in — is she country, or is she pop. And, does it really matter? I’m not so sure it does anymore. Bottom line is – she’s very good.
In addition to her web site and Facebook (where you can hear more of her music), you can also follow Mekenziei on Twitter. Drop me a line, or leave me a comment. Let me know what you think of Mekenzie.
Talk to you guys soon!