18 year old ‘New Artist of the Year’ Maple Blues Award winner, Spencer MacKenzie, has an insightful musical expression emerging from his body, and the only explanation is an old soul residing within! He has a deep, soulful, true to the blues sound, with an electrifying twist that captivates his audience. There is no question that musicians should be judged by ability and not by age, and that is certainly the case with blues artist Spencer MacKenzie…his guitar playing is crisp and clean even as it delivers some down-to-the bone licks…He’s got the blues power in his soul…” – Blues Blast Magazine (USA)
His debut album ‘Infected with the Blues’ released in May 2016 earned rave reviews and consistently had international airplay hitting the Top 50 Roots Music Report Blues/Rock Charts. “Goodbye Lucille is the best musical tribute to BB King I’ve ever heard…..” -BLUES MATTERS MAGAZINE (UK). Spencer and his original song “Devil Under her Skin” took a 3rd place WIN in the Blues Category at the 2016 International Songwriting Competition! Spencer’s new album ‘Cold November’ is set to release April 27th 2018 where he had the opportunity to work with Dean Malton, Jeremy Darby, Charles Carvalho, Clifton Broadbridge and Eddie Krammer! His new original ‘Move on Down the Track’ is presently a finalist in the Blues Category for the 2017 International Songwriting Competition.
MacKenzie’s drive and work ethic goes beyond that of the typical teenager. Countless hours are spent song writing and travelling each week performing on the blues scene earning praise everywhere he performs. In 2017 he landed some prestigious festivals including the Aurora Winter Blues Festival, Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Lighthouse Blues Festival, and many more! In 2018 you will see Spencer at many more including the Thunderbay Blues Festival, Paisley Blues festival, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Donnacona Blues Festival, Sarnia Jazz and Blues in the Village, and many more.
In 2016 won the Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search earning a spot to compete at the 2017 International Blues Challenge, won 3rd place in the 2016 International Signwriting Competition in the Blues Category. In 2017 he won ‘Blues Artist of the Year’ at the Niagara Music Awards and recently took home the 2016 Maple Blues Award for ‘New Artist of the Year’! He has also been awarded a FACTOR grant for his new album ‘Cold November’ and he has just begun his journey! “There’s no doubt the future of the blues is in good hands with Spencer…..” – Chris Duarte
Duarte, along with other modern blues artists like Jonny Lang and Joe Bonamassa, provide a roadmap for Spencer. He has drawn favourable comparisons to them because they overcame the imaginary stigma of youth to scale the heights of the art form called the blues.
Spencer confirms that blues music has a future and that young people all over “get it” regardless of yet having some of the life experiences that the genre so often detail and that the blues is a feeling, one that can’t be denied or suppressed.
As MacKenzie puts it, “I got the blues running through my veins!”