Brian Mackey is spreading a message of honesty to fans across the country with his eclectic blend of pop-rock and folk-inspired lyrics. “My songwriting is really just an autobiographical musical,” muses the New York based artist. “Ironically enough, I've never been a fan of musicals.”
While his current project Honest Love is still going strong, Mackey is working on his first follow-up, full-length album, due out in April 2013. “My next album is about putting aside all fears of saying the wrong thing,” he explains. “It’s about putting the rose colored glasses on the floor and smashing them with your foot, and feeling comfortable with the uncomfortable." Early standouts on the project include "Maintenance Man,” "The Day" and "Rich Hearts Lullaby."
Mackey is busy recording in Nashville, TN with producer Rogers Masson whose innovative approaches to recording allow him to work seamlessly within different genres of music. Masson has worked with renowned acts Day of Fire, Vintage Trouble and Lilyphone. He produces albums in the US, the United Kingdom and Denmark.
Honest Love is Mackey’s third EP. His first EP, Feng Shui for Slobs, was released in 2008 and the second was Brian Mackey Red released in 2009. Brian's first EP, Feng Shui for Slobs, garnered the placement of "Painted Red" on the Disney TV show, Naturally Sadie, a milestone achievement for his first EP. Some of Music City’s finest singer/songwriter/musicians have joined Brian on his projects, including producer/singer/songwriter Sam Ashworth, son of songwriter and producer Charlie Peacock (Civil Wars, Switchfoot, Amy Grant) and Six Pence None The Richer’s guitarist Matt Slocum.
According to Mackey’s manager Beth Slocum, “Brian’s new songs are about going somewhere he hasn't really gone before publicly, saying the truth that others are afraid to say, and all the while, sharing his own life experiences.”
“Honest Love gave me a little spark that lit the fuse that's blowing up into something that I really feel this time around,” elaborates Mackey. “When you strike a balance between thought and emotion, then you have something that translates to others.”
Honest Love was so well received that songs from the project were featured on Viso Music, US Airways In-Flight Radio, and the Songs of Love for Japan compilation, alongside stars like Sara Bareilles and Ani DiFranco. Mackey was also recently selected as a SuperCuts® Rock the Cut Artist Ambassador.
Mackey’s songs, including “Color Blue” and “Honest Love,” have also been sought out for use in motion pictures The Boys of Abu Ghraib, starring Sara Paxton (Last House on the Left) and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings); 29,000 Wishes, 1 Regret, directed by Oliver Robins (Poltergeist); Fake; and Fathoms Deep.
“‘Color Blue’ was written in a few different places,” says Mackey. “It started out as a guitar song, after the basic idea came from looking out my car window in the wintertime. I brought the idea back into the house, worked on it there, and then put it out of my mind. Later I went down to Nashville to record a different set of songs. On my break I noticed a grand piano in the church, which was converted into a studio, and finished the rest of the song on the piano and ended up recording it.”
Whether it is a winter view through a car window or a morning sunrise, Mackey finds inspiration everywhere. “There are so many experiences in life that you use to paint your picture. It could be the smell of the air, or a look in the eyes of somebody that you meet along the way. It could be a conversation with an old friend. It could be a TV show. It could be a powerful romantic thing or something funny. It could be somebody dying or somebody being born.”
The Florida native’s influences are as varied as his inspirations. Mackey, a classical pianist, loves modern masters Bob Dylan and The Beatles as much as composers Mozart and Beethoven.
In between studio sessions, Mackey feeds fan frenzy with a heavy touring schedule and a steady string of music videos. His itinerary lists performances at famed venues across the country: NYC favorites Highline Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, L.A.’s Hotel Café and Austin's SXSW Music Festival, The Bitter End, Gavin DeGraw's National Underground NYC + Nashville, and frequents Nashville’s famous Bluebird Cafe.
He recently released the video for "Sunshower," a follow up to the moving video for “Honest Love.” The story behind the title track video gives an insightful look into what inspires his artistry.
“I was shooting in Chicago with director Nick Cavalier,” he recalls, “and we saw some homeless people, and we noticed that a lot of them stayed together as family, particularly mother and daughter, because they had an emotional connection that couldn’t be broken. They stayed alive on love. We were really touched by it. We talked to them for hours and ate a meal with them. We played ‘Honest Love’ for them and they were amazed and said they'd love to be in the video. I was really honored. It really was a strong message of love and how things change. The transition of cars going by, lights going by, people with different problems, and different situations, but the common theme was that love brings everything and everyone together.”
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March 2013 - UNICEF Live Below the Line - "Honest Love" Song feature
February 2013 - Super Cuts Artist Ambassador "Rock the Cut" Supercuts Artist
December 2012 - The Walk Home + Hurricane Sandy Pledge Music Campaign
September 2012 "Yahoo News Coverage" with Producer Rogers Masson Partnership with Brian for new album releasing January 2013
August "Stage It" Featured Artist: Playing For Change
July 2012 Song Revelation UK Magazine Feature
June 2012 Super Cuts Artist Ambassador "Rock the Cut" Supercuts Artist
May 2012 Fox 17 Tennessee Mornings - Performance and Interview
April 2012 "Middle Tennessee Music" Video Interview
April 2012 "Nashville Scene" Show Mention
November 2011 "Aquarian Magazine's" North Jersey Notes Feature Writeup
November 2011 "Out On the Road" Fm102x Song of the Day
November 2011 IAE Magazine Interview
November 2011 "Color Blue" Feature in the film "Fathoms Deep"
October 2011 "Music News Nashville" Feature Writeup
October 2011 "Literary Landfill" Blog Feature
October 2011 "Really Great Magazine" Interview
October 2011 Entertainment Circle, Nashville TV Interview and Performance
October 2011 The Bluebird Cafe Return Show - Artist's Spotlight Nashville TN
September 2011 "Middle Tennessee Music" - Feature
September 2011 "I Am Entertainment Magazine" - "Honest Love" CD Review
September 2011 Utica Music Festival
August 2011 Now On Pandora
August 2011 Vancouver CA TV - Honest Love Video Feature
August 2011 Highline Ballroom NYC
July 2011 "Honest Love Video" Feature on Sonic Eclectic
July 2011 "Jitternoise" Feature Writeup
July 2011 Indie Music Channel's Showcase - Mall of America MN
July 2011 "Color Blue" Feature in the feature film, "Fake" with actors Robert Loggia and Gabriel Mann
July 2011 Angels & Kings
May 2011 Viso Music Video Launch - "Honest Love" Featured Artist
May 2011 "Indie Shuffle, Fresh Meat" - "Honest Love" Feature
May 2011 IVA Radio - Blog Talk Radio - Live Interview
May 2001 Mashable Songs of Love for Japan - Quoted Brian Mackey
May 2011 "Sunshower" Inclusion on the Songs of Love for Japan CD
May 2011 "Filter Magazine" Songs of Love for Japan Review, Brian Mackey Feature
May 2011 "Independent Music and Media" Radio Interview
April 2011 "FanRealm" CD Review
April 2011 "Bigger Than Beyonce
Brian Mackey - Singer/Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Honest Love 2010
Brian Mackey EP "Red" 2009
Feng Shui for Slobs 2008
"The Walk Home" releasing in Summer 2013
Come Out of the House
Out On the Road
Florida Live from the Arthouse Studio Nashville Tenn
kill me some more
Price you pay
Color Blue instrumental
Out on the road
Honest Love Instrumental
Are You Listening
Brian Mackey Brings Honest Love Back to the Bluebird
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Singer/songwriter Brian Mackey is proud to announce his return performance at the Bluebird Cafe in N...Singer/songwriter Brian Mackey is proud to announce his return performance at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN with Nashville’s own, Sam Ashworth, for an Artist’s Sunday Spotlight on October 9th at 6:30 PM.
Currently touring to support the recent release of his Honest Love CD, Brian Mackey is a singer/songwriter with a folky rock/pop edge.
Honest Love features the upbeat title track and the autobiographical and introspective song, “Florida.” Brian Mackey also takes the listener on an emotional ride with the soulful “Sunshower” and the alt-rockabilly track, “Out On The Road.” Honest Love is available on iTunes, Amazon and all major online retailers.
Mackey has broken the mold of a typical singer/songwriter, smashed it to bits, and has created a new sound that captivates the soul. His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic and synth-driven, up-tempo indie rock with a hint of Americana. Originally from a tin roof town on the Northern Florida/Georgia border, his songs reflect life experiences and the new found freedoms of an artist in New York City.
Mackey was featured on the Songs of Love for Japan compilation CD, which also included songs by Sarah Barielles, Ani DiFranco and Tori Amos. His song “Color Blue” is in the feature film, “Fake” which stars Robert Loggia and Gabriel Mann, to be released January 2012, and in the feature film, “Fathoms Deep,” releasing in February 2012. His “Honest Love” video was released in March of 2011, shot in Chicago by director Nick Cavalier. The video for his song “Sunshower” is currently in post production, slated for a release in Fall of 2011. Brian is also working on his next album, scheduled for release in early 2012.
Joining Brian on the Bluebird Cafe stage will be Nashville’s own singer/songwriter/producer Sam Ashworth, son of songwriter and producer Charlie Peacock (Amy Grant, Civil Wars, Switchfoot) Sam has garnered international success having written and performed with Six Pence Non the Richer, Leah Nash, and is currently producing the band Attwater.
The Bluebird Café is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and the venue has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter’s performance space where the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs; songs that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music. On any given night, artists such as LeAnn Rimes, John Prine, Jojo Herman, (Widespread Panic) and Phil Vassar mingle with writers such as American Idol Song Contest winner Regie Hamm, (The Time of My Life/David Cook).
The Bluebird Cafe is located at 4104 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, Tennessee 37215. This show is free, but seating is very limited. Please visit www .bluebirdcafe.com to make reservations.
North Jersey Notes: Brian Mackey
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—by Tim Louie, November 4, 2011 BRIAN MACKEY—New York City I got a package in the mail back in...—by Tim Louie, November 4, 2011
BRIAN MACKEY—New York City
I got a package in the mail back in August promoting a NYC singer/songwriter named Brian Mackey. I finally got a chance to listen to Brian’s recent Honest Love EP. The six-song masterpiece features the title track, “Sun Shower” and “Color Blue,” which were definitely much lighter than I expected and am used to listening to. I have to admit, though, that I enjoyed listening to these tracks.
Brian Mackey, originally from the North Florida/Georgia region, has found a new home in New York City. It was Brian’s relocation that gave him much of his recent songwriting inspiration. Musically, he has nothing but an eclectic mix of acoustic and synthesizer-driven indie rock, which is pretty soothing to listen to.
Big things have been happening for Brian Mackey lately. He was recently featured on the Songs Of Love For Japan compilation CD, which also included songs by Sarah Barielles, Ani DiFranco and Tori Amos. His song “Color Blue” was featured in the indie flick Fake and the new feature film Fathoms Deep. His “Honest Love” music video was released in March with a video for “Sun Shower” to be released sometime this month. Brian is currently in the studio working on his next CD, which should be out just in time for the holidays. If you’d like to give Brian Mackey a listen, log onto reverbnation.com/brianmackey.
Fresh Meat: Weekly Inbox Round Up
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Every now and then, you’re bound to have one of “those” days. You know, where you start the day off ...Every now and then, you’re bound to have one of “those” days. You know, where you start the day off on the wrong foot — spilling your coffee or missing your train — and you think to yourself, “Ugh. This is one of those days, huh?”
Whenever I’m having a day like that, I turn to music to put me back on track and just hope the rest of the day will turn around. I usually put on a more mellow playlist — it tends to bring back my sanity a lot quicker than techno house music.
So for this week’s Fresh Meat playlist, I’ve decided to go down a more chill and relaxed route for when you’re having a “meh” moment. A couple of the songs are more dreamy and chillwave, focusing more on the blending of sounds, while the others emphasize the beauty of a sweet-sounding voice with acoustic instruments.
Sometimes I find that simple sounds and mellowed beats are all I need in a song to make it something worth listening to, which is what you’ll find on this week’s round-up. And if nothing else, I hope this playlist turns one of those coffee-spilling days into a “free cup of coffee at your favorite cafe” days.
Song: Honest Love
I grew to love this song because it reminds me of some of my favorite old Dispatch albums; Brian Mackey’s voice is really refreshing and fun, and I look forward to exploring more of his music!
Brian Mackey – Florida to New York to Tennessee
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We get a lot of invitations to review new artists here at Mid-Tenn, and it is unfortunate that we ca...We get a lot of invitations to review new artists here at Mid-Tenn, and it is unfortunate that we can’t get to all of them – though we do try. I surely am glad I did not let this one:
slip through the cracks.
I got an invitation from Brian Mackey the other day, and I have to say the cat has just about convinced me to buy a record. If you know me well, you know what a compliment that is.
The first place I went was to his You Tube page, then ReverbNation, My___, Facebook….let’s just say, I won’t be missing any Brian Mackey updates!
“New York City artist, Brian Mackey has not only broken the mold of a typical singer/songwriter, he’s smashed it to bits and thrown the dust into the ears of the listener, to create a new sound that captivates the soul.
His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic and synth-driven up-tempo indie rock, with a hint of americana. Originally from a tin roof town on the Northern Florida/Georgia border, his songs reflect life experiences, meshed with new found freedoms in NYC.”
It’s not just the title of a beautiful record, but it defines Brian’s music – Honest and straight from the heart! Brian has been featured on the Songs of Love for Japan Compilation CD among artists Sarah Barielles, Ani DiFranco and Tori Amos and his track “Color Blue” will be featured in two upcoming films in October, “Fake” with Gabriel Mann and Robert Loggia, and “Fathoms Deep”.
Are you Listening?
While on the young bard’s YouTube channel, I noticed the second song listed was a tribute for 9/11, so I had to listen. I promised myself I would just hit the play button and come right back to my writing tab. Well promises, schmomises, I sat and let my heart break as I watched the video. It’s on it’s fourth pass, now and here it is for you.
Bluebird bound! (excerpt from Music News Nashville )
Singer/songwriter Brian Mackey is proud to announce his return performance at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN with Nashville’s own, Sam Ashworth, for an Artist’s Sunday Spotlight on October 9th at 6:30 PM.
The Bluebird Cafe is located at 4104 Hillsboro Pike Nashville, Tennessee 37215. This show is free, but seating is very limited. Please visit www .bluebirdcafe.com to make reservations.
Give Brian Mackey a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below. And if you would like to recieve reviews and out other important posts in your email, consider joining our growing list of Platinum Members.
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Honest Love CD Review
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Brian Mackey's music is a breath of fresh air that deserves to be inhaled. His latest EP, 'Honest Lo...Brian Mackey's music is a breath of fresh air that deserves to be inhaled. His latest EP, 'Honest Love', is a 6 song project that offers fans of the singer-songwriter genre some real bang for their buck.
The album opens up with the title track to the project "Honest Love", a great song about some of the ways people break up with one another in dishonest or uncaring ways. He talks about an instance where a girl won't let him go even though things aren't going well between them. In another verse he talks about how this girl he was dating didn't even give him an explanation as to why she broke off their relationship after 9 month. He says in the chorus, "Honest love, don't last at all. Honest love will make you crawl. Honest love, makes me go out of my mind." Jessica Simpson should listen to this song, so she doesn't break off marriages via text message.
"Color Blue" is another great tune on Brian's new EP that I recommend. This song has great musical composition behind it and talks about getting one last chance to dance in the moonlight with your lover. It's a song that I'm sure many people will like.
Other key songs on this 'Honest Love' EP include: "Florida (Live)" and "SunShower".
Overall, I think Brian Mackey is a good artist and his 'Honest Love' EP is a solid release from an independent rocker. The only thing I'd say Brian's album is missing is a good uptempo acoustic song that rocks out. But even still, I'd recommend checking this artist out, for those who like the singer-songwriter sound.
MUSICAL GOAL: "Music is medicine, and I want to medicate the world.." - Brian
Review by: Senseitional
Bigger Than Beyonce: Exclusive Interview With Brian Mackey
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ROB BRAYL: So, tell us about Brian. BRIAN MACKEY: I defy main-stream. I’m the kind of guy that sh...ROB BRAYL: So, tell us about Brian.
BRIAN MACKEY: I defy main-stream. I’m the kind of guy that shows up to a gig without a guitar case, and just a guitar strapped around my back, I jump on stage and do my thing. I’m not really into being hip or what’s cool at the moment, I kind of just do what I feel, and if it makes other people feel in the process, then that’s a good thing, good or bad, happy or sad, doesn’t matter. (But I would like to make them feel good.)
RB: Your video for ‘Honest Love’ was just released and it carries a pretty heartfelt message. Can you take us back to the moment you started writing this song, what was the driving force behind this record?
BM: The song, ‘Honest Love’ came out of a conversation with myself, to try to make sense of what Love really means. The waiting, the wanting, the abandonment, the moving on, the changing of the heart, the mind, and still being able to sum it all up in one word, and putting Honest in front of it, which seems like a contradiction, but a beautiful one at that. The record was supposed to be a full-length album, but I didn’t really have the money to do it. So I made it an EP, and put together the songs that I truly wanted to get out there with the limited resources I had at the time. I just needed to get the song ‘Florida’ on there, because a lot of people came up to me at shows and said they could really relate to that song. So I figured if enough people told me they could relate, I felt it was a good fit for the album.
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Brian Mackey Offers Honest Love and an Honest Love for Life
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Brian Mackey has a certain style to his music that appeals to the masses. Getting radio play from h...Brian Mackey has a certain style to his music that appeals to the masses. Getting radio play from his song “Honest Love” and a complilation CD including the song “Sunshower”, Brian is breaking out. He recently released a music video and an iPhone app. This hard-working artist is gaining more recognition every day.
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Honest Love - Album Review
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He has just released his third album, an EP called Honest Love Brian says he is in love with being i...He has just released his third album, an EP called Honest Love Brian says he is in love with being in love so not surprisingly there are a lot of love and lost love songs on the album. The title song, Honest Love, Color Blue and Bandage all explore this theme brilliantly. Out on the Road has a completely different vibe. It is more rockish and is reminiscent of some of the great songs of the 70s. My favorite would have to be Sun Shower. It’s one you find yourself singing along with immediately which, to me, means the song really connects with the listener. This one will be on my playlist for a long time to come. The final cut talks about a side of Florida that the Tourist Board doesn’t mention. I lived in Florida for 15 years and can attest to the truth told here.
This is a fabulous album. The songs range from pop to rock but they all have something to say lyrically also. They remind me of Lennon/McCartney compositions and I see nothing but great things ahead for Brian Mackey. I will be using his widget for a Music Friday post very soon but you can hear it now at ReverbNation here if you can’t wait He has just released his third album, an EP called Honest Love Brian says he is in love with being in love so not surprisingly there are a lot of love and lost love songs on the album. The title song, Honest Love, Color Blue and Bandage all explore this theme brilliantly. Out on the Road has a completely different vibe. It is more rockish and is reminiscent of some of the great songs of the 70s. My favorite would have to be Sun Shower. It’s one you find yourself singing along with immediately which, to me, means the song really connects with the listener. This one will be on my playlist for a long time to come. The final cut talks about a side of Florida that the Tourist Board doesn’t mention. I lived in Florida for 15 years and can attest to the truth told here.
This is a fabulous album. The songs range from pop to rock but they all have something to say lyrically also. They remind me of Lennon/McCartney compositions and I see nothing but great things ahead for Brian Mackey. I will be using his widget for a Music Friday post very soon but you can hear it now at ReverbNation here if you can’t wait
Indie Update On Brian Mackey
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Before I even begin to introduce this artist, I’m quite sure many have already been astounded by h...
Before I even begin to introduce this artist, I’m quite sure many have already been astounded by his music. He has performed in different locations both national and international, and we are even more delighted to add him on our list of inspired artists.
Brian Mackey writes wonderful lyrics and has fantastic vocals which blend in perfect harmony with the acoustics of his instruments. A boy who grew up in Florida, Brian didn’t actually have any formal training on playing the piano or guitar; yet listening to his bubbly music, truthfully, the thought of it would not even cross my mind because he really does a pretty good job in crafting his own music.
On that note, I will just unravel to you some of the things you can expect from Brian and his music because I actually think you’d be checking him out even before I wrap up this post. I’ve listened to his songs a few times already and every time I do, I always end up with this cheery tune playing over and over again in my head. His music which he describes as “manic romantic rock” sure does can reach to anyone who may have lost some sort of romance in their lives.
Why say that? Because you’d actually get a sense of happiness and a bit of a romance that you’d feel so much better after listening to each and every song. The sound is ultimately relaxing at the same time very refreshing — just right to make you want to listen to his voice over and over again.
Anyway, we’ve learned that our singer-songwriter Brian here has already released two EPs last year and have made a great impression to indie fans out there. But what greater news we have is that he’s just released a new CD entitled Honest Love which is also now available in iTunes. My personal fave from this CD would have to be “Honest Love” itself and “SunShower”; although, I do actually like the whole album because of the various emotions you can get from each song.
Watch out this November 25 for Brian Mackey’s music video for the new album. And on November 29, Brian will be playing live from Times Square 7th Ave on The Radio Show which is to be simulcast worldwide. That’s definitely a huge break for Brian!
So keep your eyes and ears up for more news and updates and might as well check out Brian Mackey’s MySpace and Facebook Page for his upcoming shows.
Brian Mackey and "Honest Love" Review
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His name is Brian Mackey. Girls, He is cute and is also a great musician. He lives in New York, sin...His name is Brian Mackey. Girls, He is cute and is also a great musician. He lives in New York, sings and writes his songs. What More ? His music blends the modern sounds with 70s music . Honest Love is a new EP. If you haven’t his music in your iPod, it is time ! Why are not these songs played on radio ? It is a big mystery.
To tell if an artist has talent, it’s easy. Few seconds are only necessary. This is the case with Brian Mackey.
Honest Love cd deserves success. From beginning to end, you enjoy each song. Authentic music is the word that comes to mind when I hear his music.The tune is sweet with heartfelt vocals. Hard to think otherwise. Sincerity is an important thing. Sometimes, some musicians forget but not Brian Mackey.
He is quite captivating. This is an artist that you must absolutely check out. The opener track Honest Love sets the tone for the rest of the EP. I love a lot Sun Shower my favorite song. All these songs showcase his powerful voice. Nobody can remain unmoved by this soulful music like
Color Blue, a sweet rock ballad that is excellent. Brian has also an incredible guitar playing in Out On the Road and Florida. My god, what a voice !!! It is beautiful. I’d like to hear much him on radio.
In conclusion, support this artist. “Like” him on his facebook. Follow him on twitter, check out his official website and buy his music. You can find it on iTunes. Do not hesitate. Go. Request him on your favorite radio stations because he has his place. Listen to him on Reverbnation.com. It is worth to check out. Hurry up. If you are a music aficionado, I highly recommend him. If you use iTunes, Brian is now on Ping. Follow him and spread the word.
"Man on Monday" Interview with Brian Mackey
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Tell us about yourself. Where are you from originally? How did you get to where you are today? I ...Tell us about yourself. Where are you from originally? How did you get to where you are today?
I come form a small town in northern Florida on the Georgia boarder, Havana, a town that looks like it’s been thrown back to the 20’s or 30’s with tumbleweed blowin’ through the streets. I moved around a bit as a teenager and ended up in New York. I got a job washing the dishes and would play back-up guitar in bands at night, so I kind of put myself in places where I could work on what I really wanted to do.
Was music your first love, or did you dabble in other arts first?
Yes, definitely my first love. As a kid I would actually pretend I was sick all of the time, and stay home from school and listen to music in my room over and over again, and look at the credits, like who produced what, where was it recorded, just kind of funny looking back, since I was only 8 and I should’ve been in school, but I guess I had something else to learn.
Just as authors are influenced by other writers, musicians are often influenced by other musicians. Who are your musical influences?
Well from the beginning, I was really influenced by the Beatles and also 80’s rock and roll music, like Billy Joel, The Clash, Steve Miller, and a lot o 90’s artists too like, Nirvana. I play piano too, so I love Beethoven and a lot of classical composers too.
Even the greatest songwriters begin by playing other people’s music. Is there a song you’ve covered that you’re especially fond of? Is there a song you’d love to cover, but haven’t?
Hmm… that’s interesting. You know, I very rarely play covers, only because I feel nobody sings it better than the songwriter who sang it originally. But if there is one that I’d like to redo, it would be Piano Man on guitar.
Especially for newer artists, touring is an important part of building a career. Do you enjoy life on the road? What aspect of it most appeals to you?
When you’re on the road, you get to pick up the different flavors of the towns you’re in, the local happenings of the people who live there and it’s very inspirational. I can get a lot of songs written out of traveling. It’s something about driving into a new city or town from a long way, kind of like in the Wizard of Oz when you see the town or city from a distance, and you don’t know what to expect when you get there.
At some point in their careers almost every musician finds themselves collaborating with another. Who would you like to collaborate with, and why?
There are so many people I’d like to collaborate with. I’ve always admired Lionel Richie’s work because it’s so smooth and heartfelt. I think Jason Mraz would be fun to work because the music could take on a lot of different shapes.
Confession time: when you’re NOT working on your own stuff, what tunes are cranking out of your iPod? Give us your top five?
Well this always changes, but at the moment now that I’m looking at it, the theme song from Cats is here, (Just kidding)
Just what I Needed by The Cars?
Rock the Casbah by the Clash
Piano Man by Billy Joel
Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band
Hello by Lionel Richie
Please tell us your latest album.
My new album, Honest Love is available on iTunes, and many more music retailers worldwide. I just shot the Honest Love video in Chicago which will be coming out at the end of this month, and I’m playing a Live radio show in Times Square NYC on November 29th with The Real Radio Show. I’ll be doing my Honest Love tour next year, so check my websites for updates: www.myspace.com/brimackey, www.brianmackeymusic.com and if you are on Facebook, www.facebook.com/brianmackeymusic.
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Skope Magazine -- Brian Mackey -- Artist to Watch
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Skope: What does it mean to be featured in a music community as diverse as Skope? Brian: It means t...Skope: What does it mean to be featured in a music community as diverse as Skope?
Brian: It means there is validation, from the obvious to the obscure. Side by side with artists from all genres, I really feel honored to be a part of it.
Skope: Would you say that the warm summer weather makes you more inspired to create music?
Brian: I want to say yes, but to be honest with you sometimes a cold, dark, rainy day brings out a happy song too.
Skope: What is the most exciting aspect of being an independent artist in 2010?
Brian: Freedom to be creative without the restraints of too many corporate dictates. If i want to sound like a garageband, I can, If I want to record in garageband… I can :)
Skope: What other bands & musicians are you listening to right now?
Brian: Well that’s a good question. I’m more like a drop-in listener. I come across a lot of stuff by accident all over the internet, and there are so many that it would take me an hour and a half to mention. But my roots are planted deeply in old classical music, infused with 80's pop with a tinge of what’s going on now.
Skope: Has the Internet leveled the playing field between indie & major label artists?
Brian: Most definitely. This write up is proof of it. There are a lot of people that may or may not get recognized. The one’s that do, are on the internet or some form of media that can be self directed and put in front of a listener they normally would have no contact with.
Skope: What is coming up for you and where can readers learn more about you?
Brian: I’m currently recording my next album, and am doing some touring. My next shows will be at Muzikfest in Bethlehem, PA, Akron Univeristy in Ohio, and Central Park in NYC. And of course this fine Write-Up in Skope, but you know this already by reading it, don’t you… :)
For more information about Brian Mackey go to www.brianmackeymusic.com and
Honest Love ~ by Brian Mackey
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Brian Mackey is a singer/songwriter who currently lives in NYC but grew up on the Florida/Georgia bo...Brian Mackey is a singer/songwriter who currently lives in NYC but grew up on the Florida/Georgia border. He has worked everywhere from Nashville to Italy. One of his songs was featured in the Disney Channel Show Naturally Sadie and his songs have gotten air play in New York – no easy market to crack for an Indie performer.
He has just released his third album, an EP called Honest Love Brian says he is in love with being in love so not surprisingly there are a lot of love and lost love songs on the album. The title song, Honest Love, Color Blue and Bandage all explore this theme brilliantly. Out on the Road has a completely different vibe. It is more rockish and is reminiscent of some of the great songs of the 70s. My favorite would have to be Sun Shower. It’s one you find yourself singing along with immediately which, to me, means the song really connects with the listener. This one will be on my playlist for a long time to come. The final cut talks about a side of Florida that the Tourist Board doesn’t mention. I lived in Florida for 15 years and can attest to the truth told here.
This is a fabulous album. The songs range from pop to rock but they all have something to say lyrically also. They remind me of Lennon/McCartney compositions and I see nothing but great things ahead for Brian Mackey. I will be using his widget for a Music Friday post very soon but you can hear it now at ReverbNation if you can’t wait.
1. Honest Love
2. Color Blue
3. Out On The Road
4. Sun Shower
5. Bandage (Remix)
6. Florida (From Arthouse Studio)
You can find Brian at Facebook, MySpace and at his own website. You can purchase this EP through Amazon or ITunes
Campus Activites Magazine Presents
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The second day's events were kicked off by an afternoon performance from Brian Mackey, a fresh face ...The second day's events were kicked off by an afternoon performance from Brian Mackey, a fresh face to the college market.
Brian is a singer/songwriter from Georgia, living in New York City. He has a style very reminiscent to the best solo performers with elements of James Taylor and Cat Stevens mixed in with the contemporary sound of today and creative lyricism. "My influences vary from 70's rock like James Taylor, Billy Joel and Cat Stevens to modern artists. I played the piano at a guy's house who managed Cat and brought him over to America. He actually worked with Paul McCartney & Wings."
The modern balances nicely with the classics, as Brian also enjoys some of the same contemporary artists as many students. "I like Jason Mraz a lot and Jason Reeves is great. James Morrison also is very talented."
Brian's first interest in music has humble roots. "Just singing in the bath tub," he says. The second-hand experience of his mother being in showbiz engrained a desire in Brian to entertain, and his nomadic spirit fits in perfectly with the lifestyle of a touring musician. "I like to travel, I love to get out and meet people. I don't feel normal unless I am meeting people and on the move. I feel like I am wasting time when not on the move. I just love to go out and play. "
Brian Mackey is a fresh face for the campus market, you might be the first of your network of schools to book him. Call Tim Kazimir at RP Talent. (630) 746-2293
- Campus Activities Magazine
Under the Radar Magazine
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Brian Mackey featured as digital download in Under the Radar Magazine Issue 30. In Barnes & Noble...Brian Mackey featured as digital download in Under the Radar Magazine Issue 30.
In Barnes & Noble, Borders, or you favorite magazine or bookstore across the country.
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Brian Mackey Performs At The Bitter End - July 2, 2009 NEW YORK - JULY 02: Brian Mackey performs ...Brian Mackey Performs At The Bitter End - July 2, 2009
NEW YORK - JULY 02: Brian Mackey performs at The Bitter End on July 2, 2009 in New York City.
In this photo: Brian Mackey
Photo: Bobby Bank/WireImage
Jul 02, 2009
Hot Indie Artists
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Brian Mackey can be described as a singer-songwriter putting a modern swing on the time-tested genre...Brian Mackey can be described as a singer-songwriter putting a modern swing on the time-tested genre romantic ballad’s. He has released two EP’s: ‘Brian Mackey EP 2009’ and ‘Feng Shui for Slobs,’ both of which can be found on iTunes. His simplistic songs cut to the core, without any of the fluff and over-production found in most singer-songwriters.
Brian Mackey lives in NYC, but has played all over from Nashville, TN to Italy. On top of the numerous places he has taken his music physically, one of his singles ‘Painted Red,’ was featured on The Disney Channel’s television show ‘Naturally Sadie.’ His music caught the attention of producer Ron Dante (Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow) who then motivated Ted Pearlman (Bob Dylan) to join him in recording Brian.
Brian Mackey’s music isn’t just romantic, there is some humor to be found in his songs like the alt-rock track ‘I Cant Dance’ on the ‘Brian Mackey EP 2009,’ and the acoustic band-based ‘Radio’ where Mackey name drop’s all the over played music of our time.
Written by: Xan Mandell
The Hot Indie Artist Interview:
What is your musical background?
I’m a huge classical music fan, mostly piano music from tortured composers.
I don’t have any formal training on any instrument, but piano and guitar are what I’m most fluent in.
How would you describe your music?
Manic romantic rock
I read somewhere that at a young age you sat down at a piano and played John Lennon. Who introduced you to music back then and do you think it shaped you as a songwriter?
I got a hold of some old cassettes and records, and faked illnesses from, “I can’t go to the bathroom” to “If I stand up I’ll faint” kind-of-stuff to stay home from school. I locked myself in the room and played it over and over until I learned it. I actually thought I was John Lennon for the longest time.
When did you start writing your own songs and why?
Well I started writing little songs about age 8 that kind of sounded like other songs and I would just put my own words to them. Like I heard “A Rhinestone Cowboy” on an AM oldies radio show, and changed the lyrics to a song for my cat: “Like a rhinestone kitty, selling turds at a broken-down litter box rodeo”… I was in counseling shortly thereafter. No lie.
How was it working with Ron Dante and Ted Perlman? Did you gain a lot of knowledge from them?
Truly an eye-opening experience to work with such iconic producers, and I gained some knowledge, but more of a sense of what I can and cannot do.
What is your songwriting process? (Lyrics before music? How you come up with melodies?)
This is an interesting one that a lot of people have asked me. Sometimes I’ll just dream something, melody, lyrics, everything together and its good, and I want to wake up, but I don’t want to wake up too fast because I want to finish the song. But that only happens about 10% of the time, the other 90% is me pounding some chords out on the guitar or piano and just kind of singing until something makes sense. Or in some cases, doesn’t make sense, but that’s okay too.
Who have you shared the stage with?
A lot of singer/songwriters, and bands. I opened up for 3 Doors Down at a small club in NJ. A band called, Brother Kane on their way down at a balloon festival, shared the stage with Fountains of Wayne, and a bunch of other bands and singers.
When you play live, how do you try and connect with people who have never heard you?
I try to make them laugh. Because if you make them laugh, you have their ears. And if you have their ears, you can really touch them in places because they are letting you in at that point. And if you can’t make them laugh, eh. Never mind, you’ll always make them laugh.
We have heard that your music was featured on the
Disney and Family Channel which is a huge accomplishment. Did it produce CD sales/exposure?
You know, at the time it aired on the Disney Channel, I didn’t have a TV or a way to really watch it. I just kind of heard from family members and friends. I didn’t really receive much in the way of financial gain from it, but I definitely got the interest from other producers and other licensing opportunities because of it which was definitely worth it.
What is next for you?
Well I was just approached by 2 licensing companies for opportunities for placement in 2 separate major motion pictures which I can disclose after the ink has dried.
Have you toured on the road? If so, what is a great story that you would like to share with our audience?
Yes. I played a lot of small towns, and some overseas stuff. When I was in Italy, I rode the train to another city and met some Canadians and we got really drunk on the train (because the staff gives you free wine) and we all fell asleep leaning on each other. I missed my stop and in turn I was late for a show. So I guess the moral of the story is never go to Italy and befriend Canadians because you both feel like you’re long lost brothers so you drink to the fact you are in Italy, you fall asleep and almost miss a show. Fun, but a bad idea.
Official MySpace: www.MySpace.com/brimackey
Muzikreviews.com - Brian Mackey Review
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"A self-proclaimed manic romantic, Brian Mackey says that, "He's in love with the idea of love." A..."A self-proclaimed manic romantic, Brian Mackey says that, "He's in love with the idea of love." After giving his RED CD a listen, you too may forget all the bullshit that consumes your life and just live on loving. With a power rock sound like Coldplay and Oasis, and a voice that reminds one of James Blunt, I find it hard to believe that Brian Mackey isn’t heard on major radio.
The opener to this stellar 4-track disc “Painted Red” tells us of Brian’s love. His Love makes his world a little bit easier to deal with and how no matter what the circumstances, his Love will endure. Something everyone wants, everlasting love and companionship. “Come Out Of The House” speaks of Love also but it in different sense. Like John Cusack in Say Anything, Brian Mackey is outside his lovers house willing her to come with him and leave another “after he goes to bed” because their Love is special and will last.
As a songwriter myself, I relate to Brian Mackey in a very special way. There’s nothing more satisfying than writing a Love song. It’s the perfect way to express ones uninterrupted thoughts towards another. Even if that special someone never hears the words you’ve written for him or her, the songwriter feels a sense of completion. In other words, it’s a great way to get over someone. You’d be surprised that these love songs are universal and that they can relate to everyone and every situation.
This is an easy listen that will leave you singing Brian Mackey’s hooks all day long, and then some. Give Brian Mackey a listen.
Check him out on November 12th on Cape Cods WKKL for a live interview."
Ryan Cullane – MuzikReviews.com Contributor
November 1, 2009 - ©MuzikReviews.com
Bandsearch Blogspot Interview
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Brian Mackey Genre : Indie Pop Location : United States www.myspace.com/brimackey Remarks : Look...Brian Mackey
Genre : Indie Pop
Location : United States
Remarks : Looking for music to chill to on a sunday afternoon? Be sure to check out Brian Mackey. His powerful vocals and song writing skill will amaze you. If I were working in the radio station, I would definetly have his song up my channel.
What made you pick up music?
They say music soothes the savage beast, hearing a song on the radio and singing along to it would quiet the turmoil and make everything alright.
Tell us something about yourself and your music that we don't know about.
I don't really listen to rock music, or anything popluar. I prefer classical music, and when my car radio is working, usually a classical station comes in.
What is the best thing you have accomplished as a musician?
I think the best thing I've accomplished is working with Ron Perlman, Bob Dylan's guitar player. Ron is an amazing musician, and to get to record with him was really an eye-opener. Watching him play the guitar makes you say, 'Wow that's how you play it'.
Which celebrity star would you date?
That's a really good question. I probably wouldn't date a celebrity. I would probably end up with a waitress at Ihop. Probably Anna Paquin from True Blood. She seems nice. At least to vampires anyway.
What do you see yourself doing 5 years down the road?
Five years down the road, well I hope we are still a planet by then...And if the earth is still spinning, I hope I'm living somewhere in a warm climate near the beach.
Lastly, any shoutouts?
I would like to give a shoutout to bandsearch.blogspot.com for even being interested in me :) and to all the people out there that support me! Thanks guys!
The Welcome Mat was out for Rocker Brian Mackey
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2009-07-06 July 2nd at New York’s Bitter End was a lot like being in an iPod commercial. There wa...2009-07-06
July 2nd at New York’s Bitter End was a lot like being in an iPod commercial. There was music that lifted you to new heights all thanks to Brian Mackey who performed in front of a sold-out crowd of fans.
The scene, as Mackey performed an acoustic set indicated how versatile this soon to be super star is. He excited the fans with his vocals and artistic guitar riffs.
Managed by the New York based, Wright Stuff Management headed by Sandra Wright in New York and iconic producer Ron Dante in Los Angeles have proved that they certainly know talent and recognized the future of Brian Mackey with their sights set on galactic steady climb to music history.
Mackey’s debut performance at the Bitter End was a special event celebrating the release of his latest album “Feng Shui For Slobs."
Mackey has over 275,000 hits on his MySpace page which only proves that he’s starting a music revolution called “Brian Mackey.”
Brian Mackey on Tap for New York's Bitter End
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Brian Mackey will be in good company July 2nd at New York’s Bitter End. Some of the artists who have...Brian Mackey will be in good company July 2nd at New York’s Bitter End. Some of the artists who have graced the stage at the Bitter End are Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Woody Allen, Peter, Paul & Mary just name a few.
Mackey inked an exclusive management deal with Los Angeles/New York based Wright Stuff Management, at the Los Angeles helm is the iconic producer/entertainer and New York is Sandra Wright. Dante is no stranger to fame being a Grammy/Tony winner himself for lending his production values to Barry Manilow among others.
Dante states that Mackey is one of the finest artists he has had the recent pleasures to work with. Mackey’s pop/rock influence that he intertwines in every note brings the audience and listeners alike to a state of relaxation however he also makes you want to tap your feet and clap to his enlightened guitar riffs.
Brian Mackey’s appearance at the Bitter End will be his debut appearance since releasing his Cd “Feng Shui For Slobs" to critical acclaim.
Mackey has a tremendous musical future ahead of him, with his vocal/songwriting talents, the only way is up with his sights set on taking the industry by storm, and don't be surprised if a Grammy or 2 soon to be coming his way.
Brian Mackey Scheduled For New York's Bitter End
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2009-06-11 Brilliant, soothing, eclectic, dominate and sexy are just some of the adjectives that...2009-06-11
Brilliant, soothing, eclectic, dominate and sexy are just some of the adjectives that best describes Brian Mackey, a newcomer to the music scene, however Mackey's paid his dues. Once you listen to his latest Cd "Feng Shui For Slobs" his soft rock style draws you even closer to his soul and the ultimate way to spend an evening with the one you love. Brian Mackey is scheduled to showcase his talents July 2nd at New York's Bitter End.
Brian Mackey, in his own words, a manic romantic, says, "He's in love with the idea of love." Every long winding search of dead ends, broken relationships and struggles could make it easy for someone to just give up. But Brian shows "all of us". From age 5, a small scrawny boy with dirty red glasses and white briefs sat at an out-of-tune piano and did his best John Lennon. He didn't come from the best of childhoods, but as the great Frank Mc Court would say, "a normal childhood is hardly worth your while". Brian spent a lot of time in the South, in a town called Havana, Florida. Surrounded by beautiful land and paddle-weilding principles that were eager to dole out the corporal punishment, he reflects now with song and lyric. As an accomplished lyricist and singer/songwriter, his song Painted Red aired on the Disney/Family Channel series, Naturally Sadie and is currently recording his debut album, Feng Shui for Slobs
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Myspace CD Review
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BRIAN MACKEY is one of those kind of guys who could make you just sit back and stare at the wonder o...BRIAN MACKEY is one of those kind of guys who could make you just sit back and stare at the wonder of an accomplished singer/songwriter. His song ’Painted Red’ has appeared in the tv show Naturally Sadie, and is a fine piece of work, flowing seemlessly into something that could keep your attention for hours. Truly a talented artist to sit back and chill with for a night.
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"The melodies and words stuck to my brain the way ocean saltwater can stick to your skin—a kind of m..."The melodies and words stuck to my brain the way ocean saltwater can stick to your skin—a kind of medicine like no other. His songs are based on his experiences. Having been through some tumultuous relationships in his life, he wrote a song for an ex-girlfriend that truly broke his heart and delivered it the way Fed Ex and the E-mail couldn’t — he left it on her answering machine!? When he introduced the song at SICA, I expected something sharp or biting like some of his other songs. Instead I was treated to a beautiful, heartfelt song about a boy hoping his lost girl will miss him when he’s gone. ’Don’t forget me when I’m gone. Sing my song.’ The crowds give him total silence on this track."
Honest Love, Sun Shower, Come Out of the House, Out On the Road, Patty Brown, Radio, Bandage, Florida, Color Blue, Bottle of Wine and many more.