|Occupation(s)||songwriter, performer, recording artist|
|Associated acts||Port Cities, Dylan Guthro, Carleton Stone, Gordie Sampson, David Myles, Dave Sampson, Laurenn Marchand|
Breagh MacKinnon is a Canadian singer/songwriter based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Launching her career as a solo artist, MacKinnon in 2015 formed the pop band Port Cities with musicians Dylan Guthro and Carleton Stone.
Life and career
Born into a musical family, MacKinnon began playing piano at age six. She played in her high school band and began writing songs herself at age 16. In college, at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, she majored in jazz piano performance.
MacKinnon's first recording was a self-titled EP, released in 2010. She released her debut album in 2012, entitled Where the Days Went. It was praised by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as being intricate, and was nominated for an East Coast Music Association (ECMA) award.
In 2015, MacKinnon teamed up with fellow singer-songwriters Dylan Guthro and Carleton Stone to form the band Port Cities. In 2016, the band was signed to turtlemusik/Warner Music; their debut album was released on February 10, 2017.
- Port Cities (With Port Cities - 2017)
- Where the Days Went (2012)
- Breagh MacKinnon (2011)
Awards and achievements
- International Songwriting Competition - Semi-Finalist "Learning To Love" (David Myles ft. Breagh Mackinnon) - Adult Contemporary Category
- MusiCounts and Juno Canada Fred Sheratt Award Recipient
- Nova Scotia Talent Trust: Student Award Recipient
- Nova Scotia Talent Trust: Chico Berardi Special Award for Excellence
- Nova Scotia Music Nominee Best New Artist
- ECMA Rising Star Nominee
- International Finalist, Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, New York
- She’s the One Emerging Female Artist Competition Finalist, Ottawa
- "Sydney musician and student receives Fred Sherratt award for outstanding achievement". www.thechronicleherald.ca. Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Chronicle Herald. July 2, 2014.
- "Q&A with NewSong Contest Finalist Breagh Mackinnon". www.newsong-music.com. Halifax, Nova Scotia: NewSong, LLC. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Breagh Mackinnon". www.cdbaby.com. Portland, Oregon: CD Baby. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- Mersereau, Bob (November 22, 2012). "Music Review: Breagh Mackinnon - Where The Days Went". www.cbc.ca/nb. Saint John, New Brunswick: CBC/Radio-Canada.
- "Q&A with NewSong Contest Finalist Breagh Mackinnon". www.newsong-music.com. Asheville, North Carolina: NewSong, LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- Thompson, Aly (January 14, 2015). "Halifax musicians put solo careers aside, join forces for new band Port Cities". www.metronews.ca. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Metro Halifax.
- "Port Cities features 3 friends with great vocal blend". www.cbc.ca. Ottawa, Ontario: CBC/Radio Canada. August 16, 2016.
- "2013-2014 MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award Recipients Announced". www.musicounts.ca. Ottawa, Ontario: The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
- "2013 NSTT Scholarship and Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship Recipients" (PDF). Halifax, Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
- "2013 East Coast Music Award Nominees (and more) Announced". www.ecma.com. Halifax, Nova Scotia: East Coast Music Awards. January 15, 2013.