Mackenzie Dayle
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Mackenzie Dayle

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2007

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Established on Jan, 2007
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It is a privilege to welcome Mackenzie Dayle to Examiner.com!

This Canadian rising star caught my attention through her YouTube videos. Her impeccable covers of “Roar,” “Skyfall” and “Stay” gave me chills and her vocals are unbelievably amazing.

As an artist, Mackenzie has made it her mission to help out her community! She has performed at countless high profile non-profit organizations and benefit concerts over the past couple of years.

Recently, Mackenzie wrapped up a trip to Los Angeles, where she worked with several music producers including Wendy Starland and created new tracks, which will help her, grow her incredible musical career.

In this edition of The Five Question Challenge, Mackenzie shared her songwriting process and how Hollywood mogul Kent Speakman is helping her broaden her horizons by diving into the film and social media realms.

Jacob Elyachar: When did you get interested in music? How did that passion lead you to the desire of wanting a career in the recording industry?
Mackenzie Dayle: I actually began my journey in music when I was five-years-old. My mother heard about a small singing competition and entered me into it thinking that it would be a fun experience for me. I agreed, having no clue what I would actually have to do in this singing competition. When I arrived there, all practiced and ready to go, I was told that I would be on first and that’s when it hit me. I started crying and refused to go on stage. My mom was very supportive and told me that I did not have to and that we would just watch backstage incase I changed my mind. I was an extremely over confident child at the time, and after watching a few performers go on I looked at my mom and said, "Oh, I can do that.” Next thing I know, I was on that stage looking out at the crowd singing the song "Cruella de Vil" from 101 Dalmatians. I stood rigid as a board, holding onto the microphone for dear life, but somehow I managed to sing my way through it. Once the song was finished, I felt so amazing, as if I belonged on that stage. I was terrified, but I did not seem to mind. It was at that moment that I realized that the stage is where I belonged. As time went on, I took music more seriously, and gravitated from competitions to the recording studio.

JE: Could you please share your songwriting process with my readers?
MD: In the last year, I have been co-writing with my mentor, Wendy Starland, to create eight amazing songs, so my most recent songwriting process has involved her. Before I begin the writing process, I start by brainstorming ideas and coming up with a general topic that I want the song to be about. After getting my ideas out in the open, the songwriting process goes quite smoothly. I have found it really affective to use tracks previously created by some of the amazing producers I have been working with. They gave me some really amazing material to write to. Once I find the track that I feel suits the message of the song, it is all about humming and rocking out to the song until you find a killer melody. As we jam out to the song, the words tend to fall right into place with the melody, especially if you brainstorm lyrics and ideas beforehand. I also found using quotes to be of great help when looking for writing ideas. I have to say that my skill in the writing department has really grown in the past year. Working with Wendy has taught me a great deal about songwriting and she helps pull things out of me that I never thought was possible.

JE: Recently, you traveled to Los Angeles to work with a diverse group of A-list music producers including Wendy Starland. What lessons did you learn from these producers? How will you incorporate them into the next chapter in your music career?
MD: The main lesson I have learned is to take risks. When I go into a recording session, I have learned to keep an open mind, and be willing to try everything. You never know what little idea will add so much to the song. A lot of decisions are made during the actual recording of the song that is really amazing and essential. I have learned to sing those notes that may feel to hard to sing, to be creative and try every ad lib you can think of. When you can relax and get out of your own head, incredible things can happen. Working with Wendy Starland has been especially amazing because she has taught me so much about songwriting. Working with someone that has as picky of an ear as I do has inspired me to better myself even more as a recording artist and writer. I am really excited to see how the new music will resonate with everyone – we are hoping to release the songs in the near future, with music videos to follow.

I have also been working with the amazing Kent Speakman. He has been working with me in the realm of film and social media in Los Angeles. I recently landed a role in the upcoming feature film Branded, which is produced by Speakman, which stars The Blind Side’s Quinton Aaron and Jennifer’s Body’s Josh Emerson. That will be an exciting journey, which I am sure will bring many more lessons and experiences in the future.

JE: What are some of the challenges that you faced in the music industry? How did overcome them?
MD: One of the main challenges that I have faced as an aspiring recording artist is when someone in the music circle deemed me as too young. I would constantly get comments like "You are too young, you have lots of time" and "You are too young to be doing this". This always frustrated me because I was working equally as hard as the older performers were, and I did not understand what was wrong with getting a young start. Even at my age now, I still get the occasional young comment thrown at me. But when I first met Wendy Starland and told her about this challenge, she said to me "Listen, those people don't know what they are talking about and you should not listen to people who do not believe in you". That really hit me, and since then those comments go in through one ear and out the other.

Another challenge is how to make my mark as a unique, original performer. There are so many flavors in the music industry these days that it’s hard to find something that will make you stand out amongst the crowd. This challenge is not an easy one to overcome and takes time. I'm still working on it to this day. But I have grown so much as an artist in the last few years and become more "me" every day. It's all about knowing who you are, knowing your strengths and knowing what is missing in the industry, so you can find where you fit in.

JE: If you had the chance to meet with other aspiring musicians who want to work in the recording industry, what advice would you share with them?
MD: Basically it is all about sticking to your guns and believing in yourself when you feel like no one else does. I firmly believe that if you know you are good enough and keep working hard to share that belief with everyone you meet, eventually someone has to agree with you. It only takes one believer to start a movement. I have been working at this for a very long time, and even though that journey is not yet complete, I have gone leaps and bounds just in this past year because of people finally believing that I am meant to be in this industry. It's a lot of work, but the feeling you get from being a musician is unlike any other and definitely worth the struggle. - Jacob Elyachar


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Mackenzie Dayle is an 20 year old Pop singer, songwriter, and dancer. She has been performing for audiences since the age of 5, and won her first of many competitions that same year. With her incredible passion for music, her numerous years of stage performance and her background in dance Mackenzie is a captivating stage performer. Mackenzie demands the excitement of her audience and puts on electrifying performances that combines dance and fashion with her rich vocals.

Mackenzie's music revolves around the idea of being an original and creative artist. Her daring style allows her to experiment in all aspects of her music. Mackenzie is never one to be afraid of being different. With her musical and fashion originality, she stands out. The message she promotes through her music is that "individuality should be celebrated". Her mission is to be a role model and an inspiration for "self love" in people of all ages.

Mackenzie's experience and accomplishments are extensive. She has been featured many times on City TV, The Global Morning Show, 91.7 The Bounce Radio Station, and shared the stage with "The David Fosters Band" at the Winspear Centre. She has been requested to perform the National Anthem for several NHL and CFL teams. Mackenzie has also taken her talents to the "seas" where she performed on The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruise Lines. She was first runner up in "The Bounce Showdown" radio competition, which gained her local radio exposure. Earlier in her career, Mackenzie spent 7 years as the lead singer of a youth rock band which has given her insurmountable experience when working with musicians. 

Mackenzie has been the creator/headliner for 2 large scale shows, one entitled "The Wait is Over"​ and the other "Electrified"​. Each show combined Dayle's strong vocals with theatrical costumes and professional Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance Crews. Mackenzie has been writing songs since the age of 8 with the influences of Queen, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Michael Jackson. She released her first album entitled "Give Me Some Action" in 2012. Singles from the album have been featured on CJSF 90.1 FM (Burnaby), Stolen Soul SFU (Vancouver), NR92 Nait Radio (Edmonton), CJIM Online Radio (Montreal). She has completed 2 showcase tours in Eastern and Western Canada, which combined over 15 cities, promoting the release of the album. 

As well as an accomplished singer, Mackenzie is gifted dancer and actor. She has 15 years of dance experience in multiple genres. She has trained in Hip Hop dance at KORE Dance Studios, who's resident dance crew won the World Dance Championships in Los Angeles this year. She trained with world renowned choreographer Carlo Atienza who has opened for Boys II Men, Nelly Furtado, Akon, The Game, Neyo, Sean Kingston, and has worked alongside multiple "Americas Best Dance Crew" Winners. 

Mackenzie is currently writing with and being developed by Wendy Starland, who was soely responsible for discovering Lady Gaga. Starland was honoured by The Songwriters Hall of Fame for her top 10 hit song, and has worked with names such as Michael Bolton, The Foo Fighters and Mike Posner, to name a few. Mackenzie has also been working with Kent Speakman who is COO and partner in the budding social media website/app "Fameus". In the past year, Mackenzie has travelled to work with high end producers such as Dave Schuler, Sarom, Ghost Kasan, Lars Jensen, and Tero Potila. These producers have worked with artists such as Lil Wayne, Pink, Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Rick Ross, Flo Rida, and Jennifer Lopez. 

Mackenzie's recently won the Hot 107 Radio "Hot Factor"​ Contest with her currently unreleased song "Flames in the Dark". Along with a hefty prize, she had the opportunity to open for International artists Mia Martina and Kardinal Offishal at the Taste of Edmonton Festival.