Scott MacKay

Scott MacKay

 Calgary, Alberta, CAN
BandFolkCountry

Scott MacKay is a Prince Edward Island born singer and songwriter. His music is filled with thoughtful lyrics that ride on haunting melodies.

Biography

Oh I’ll forgive her on the day the Devil gets on his knees to pray…

With one dark, cold and chilling line you are introduced to the simple, elegant music of Scott MacKay. MacKay’s country-ish songs are standouts, riddled with one-liners that catch the sun like a freshly polished cleaver. Born in P.E.I. but now living in Calgary, MacKay has made a name for himself playing house concerts & clubs across Canada. MacKay’s album “Twin” (produced by Leeroy Stagger) features fiddle, banjo and the haunting harmonies of Scott’s twin brother, Ben.

Today I can’t deliver because my hearse keeps breaking down. I can’t get the departed to the other side of town. Something’s clearly wrong with this old Cadillac and I think it’s all because the preacher’s lying in the back…

MacKay has a vibrato, thanks to his affinity for crooner vocalists, which gives him even more of an antique feel, like he just stepped out of a bus straight from the 1940's. - Bob Mersereau - CBC - East Coast Music 

MacKay is equal parts deep voiced crooner and delicately annunciated soul. There is a certain smokiness and sensual feel to his voice, almost a whisper at points. It warms you up deep in the chest as he sings out his songs. A little bit Roy Orbison and a little bit Keegan Dewitt, Nashville songwriter. - Red Line Roots (redlineroots.ca) 

If you are looking for a performer to provide an unforgettable evening of song, stories, laughter and impeccable musicianship, Scott MacKay is the artist for you. - Rhea March – Artist Development Specialist – March Music & The School of Song. (schoolofsong.com) 

Achievements: 
• International Songwriting Competition Semi Finalist 
• Calgary CBC Searchlight Finalist 
• Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition Finalist 
• PEI Song Search Finalist 
• Aspiring Canadian Writer’s Contest Finalist

 

Lyrics

Pale Flame

Written By: Scott MacKay

Hey there dear, do you recall
What made us stand what stood us tall
Was it you and me or the novelty
That once lived here but now it's gone
Like the dark night sky before the light of dawn

We have faded dear
Love just lingers here
It's dimmer now, not the same
Pale flame

We have faded dear
Love just lingers here
It's dimmer now, not the same
Pale flame

We said we'd battle through
Like true lovers do
Armed with trust and loyalty
But ready we were not for this war to be fought
It took us down it took us down with ease

Cause we have faded dear
Love just lingers here
It's dimmer now
Not the same
Pale flame

We have faded dear
Love just lingers here
It's dimmer now
Not the same
Pale Flame

We are done, we are through
It's over for me and you

Cause we have faded dear
Love just lingers here
It's dimmer now not the same
Pale flame

We have faded dear love just lingers here
It's dimmer now not the same
Pale flame.

Dressed in Blue

Written By: Scott MacKay

The strings of my heart have begun to fray
What was once so close is now far away
To live a lie is hard to do
Oh red heart, dressed in blue

Oh how I feel like a flickering light
That may burn out before the night
Leave I may, without you
Oh red heart dressed in blue

Thick as mud no it ain’t so clear
What has happened to me my dear
Try I will, but not for you
Oh red heart dressed in blue

Whoa, whoa, whoa. oh oh oh

If they cease to smile, I’d be to blame
Their feelings for me would never be the same
Go or stay, whichever I choose
Oh red heart dressed in blue
Oh red heart dressed in blue
Oh this red heart is not for you

Over The Hill - Cover

Written By: Loudon Wainwright III

Once you were a young man,
But now you are old you're over the hill.
And you can't cross the palm of time's hand
With silver and gold to make him stand still.

Who could have possibly thought
It would go so fast, but it certainly did
And now you find yourself caught
With less future than past - you're no longer a kid

Once, as a boy, time weighed heavy on your hands
You couldn't wait to be a man
Now you cry oh, it's so hard to laugh
And you can't understand why you can't turn time around

Your hourglass once had a top half
That was filled full of sand, but it's all trickled down.

Silver Curls & Crooked Bones

Written By: Scott MacKay

She stares down at her wrinkled hand
Ring finger still wrapped in a golden band
Once the symbol of their love
Now a harsh reminder of what was

With silver curls and crooked bones
She rocks in her chair all alone

The face of the clock holds a pose
The hands only move when her eyes are closed
She's scared that she will die alone
With only her name carved in stone

With silver curls and crooked bones
She rocks in her chair all alone
In her chair all alone
With silver curls and crooked bones

She stares down at her wrinkled hand
Ring finger once wrapped in a golden band
Now only the mark remains
A pale white ring untouched by the sun's rays

With silver curls and crooked bones
She rocks in her chair all alone
In her chair all alone
With silver curls and crooked bones
With silver curls and crooked bones
With silver curls and crooked bones

If I Could Build A Woman

Written By: Scott MacKay

If I could build a woman
Her beauty even the blind would see
And it would be that kind of beauty
The kind that does not shine on a silver screen

If I could build a woman
She’d have a mind both sound and keen
And inside her chest I’d place a beating heart
One that always would be true to me

If I could build a woman
I’d leave not one emotion behind
I’d fill her up with tears and laughter
And everything that lies in between

We’re all looking for that someone
But don’t trust your eyes alone
For often times we see only those
Made of dreams
Not made of flesh and bone

If I could build a woman
Oh I’d forever be over the moon
If I could build a woman
That woman would be you
That woman would be you

Discography

Scott MacKay- "Twin" (July 2015)

Scott MacKay- "Dressed in Blue" (July 2012)

Set List

Set Length (45-60 min)

  1. Pale Flame
  2. House Of The Rising Sun
  3. When The Devil Gets On His Knees To Pray
  4. If I Could Build A Woman
  5. Heart Transplant
  6. Dennis My Middle Name
  7. If I Was A Magician
  8. Wayfaring Stranger
  9. Dry
  10. Beating Heart
Encore
  1. Dressed In Blue