MacKenzie Porter

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MacKenzie Porter
Birth nameMacKenzie Lea Porter
Born (1990-01-29) January 29, 1990 (age 31)
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • violin
Years active2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.mackenzieporter.com

MacKenzie Lea Porter (born January 29, 1990[1]) is a Canadian country singer, actress and songwriter.

Early life[edit]

MacKenzie Porter was raised on a cattle and bison ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta.[2] She began studying piano, violin and voice at age four.[2] Growing up, she toured in a family band with her brother, 2004 Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter.[2]

Film and TV career[edit]

Porter has appeared in numerous films and television productions, including Dinosapien (2007) Hell on Wheels and Travelers (2016). She earned a Best Actress in Alberta award for her role in the TV movie The Other Woman.[3] She was also named as one of the Top 11 Hottest Vancouver Actors to Watch for 2011 by BC Living magazine.[4]

Music career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After moving to Vancouver to pursue acting, Porter teamed up with musician and actor Andrew Jenkins to form the band The Black Boots.[5] In 2010, she launched a solo career.[5] Porter was the winner of the 2011 Nashville North Star competition.[6] She has opened for Kenny Chesney, Doc Walker and Trooper, among others,[3] and has performed for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gene Simmons.[7]

In October 2012, Porter released her debut single, "I Wish I'd Known".[8] Her second single, "Never Gonna Let You", was co-written and produced by Carolyn Dawn Johnson.[9] Porter was chosen as one of six acts for the inaugural Canadian Country Music Association Discovery Program in 2013.[10] She was also nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards.[9] Her debut album was released on July 15, 2014.[11] She featured on the song "Circles" on Chris Lane's album Girl Problems in 2016.[12]

2018-present: Big Loud Records, Drinkin' Songs, three Number Ones[edit]

In 2018, Porter signed with Nashville-based Big Loud, and became their first Canadian artist.[13] She then released the single "About You". The song would hit #1 on Canada Country, making Porter the first female artist signed to an independent label to top the chart in its twenty-five years of existence.[14] Porter featured on the Dallas Smith song "Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Alone" with Dean Brody.[15]

In March 2019, Porter released the single "These Days", which charted on Canadian country, pop, and adult hits charts, as well as the US Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts.[16] It also reached #1 on Canada Country, making Porter the first Canadian woman to land back-to-back Number Ones since Shania Twain.[17] She then opened for Dallas Smith and Dean Brody on their co-headlining cross-Canada Friends Don't Let Friends Tour Alone Tour.[18]

In February 2020, Porter released "Seeing Other People" which would become her third consecutive Number One, making her the first woman (Canadian or American) to land three consecutive Number Ones on Canadian country radio since Twain.[19]

Porter's EP Drinkin' Songs: The Collection was released in November 2020.[20] The EP was her debut American release and included her three chart-toppers in addition to her Top 5 hit "Drinkin' Songs".[21] It received a nomination for Country Album of the Year at the 2021 Juno Awards.[22] In March 2021, she featured on the Dustin Lynch single "Thinking 'Bout You".[23]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2014, Porter has been in a relationship with actor/singer/songwriter Jake Etheridge. She and Etheridge were engaged in mid-/late May or early June 2019.[24]

Etheridge appeared in the 2019 music video for Porter’s 2018 song "About You".[25] Etheridge and Porter got married in July 2020.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Dinosapien Courtney 11 episodes
2007 Christmas in Wonderland Shane
2008 The Other Woman Lauren TV movie
2008 45 R.P.M. Debbie Baxter
2009 Wild Roses Viki 2 episodes
2010 Supernatural Kim Episode: "Clap Your Hands If You Believe"
2010 Ice Quake Girl TV movie
2011 Endgame Kim Sharland Episode: "The Other Side of Summer"
2011 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Alexa Episode: "Pool Shark"
2011 Finding a Family Jen Bante TV movie
2012 Gay Dude Country Singer
2012 Chained Iphigenia Short film
2012 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Lanie Episode: "Stage Fright"
2012 Seattle Superstorm Chloe Peterson TV movie
2012 A Killer Among Us Marissa Drake TV movie
2012 The Horses of McBride Nicki Davidson TV movie
2013 All's Fair in Love and Advertising Kelly Burns TV movie
2013 Leap 4 Your Life Brooke
2013 Emma's Wings: A Bella Sara Tale Emma (voice)
2013 Guess Who's Coming to Christmas Kelly Harding TV movie
2014 Blackstone Brianna 2 episodes
2014–2016 Hell on Wheels Naomi Bohannon 12 episodes
2016–2018 Travelers Marcy Warton Main role
2018 Darrow & Darrow: In The Key Of Murder Phoebe Hallmark TV movie

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
MacKenzie Porter
  • Release date: July 15, 2014
  • Label: Road Angel

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Drinkin' Songs: The Collection
  • Release date: November 6, 2020
  • Label: Big Loud

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
[27]
CAN
AC

[28]
CAN
CHR

[29]
CAN Country
[30]
CAN
Hot AC

[31]
US Country Songs
[32]
US Country Airplay
[33]
2012 "I Wish I'd Known" 34 MacKenzie Porter
2013 "Never Gonna Let You" 96 11
2014 "If You Ask Me To" 17
"Misfit Parade"[34]
2015 "Rodeo" 32 Non-album single
2018 "About You" 1 Drinkin' Songs: The Collection
2019 "These Days" 44 9 11 1 10 45 56
2020 "Seeing Other People" 92 1
"Drinkin' Songs"[36] 74 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
Country Airplay

[37]
2021 "Thinking 'Bout You"[23]
(with Dustin Lynch)
43 Tullahoma

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2012 "I Wish I'd Known" David Tenniswood
2013 "Never Gonna Let You"
2014 "If You Ask Me To"
"Misfit Parade"
2015 "Rodeo"
2019 "About You" Justin Clough
2020 "These Days"
"Seeing Other People"
2021 "Drinkin' Songs"
"Thinking 'Bout You"
(with Dustin Lynch)
Justin Nolan Key

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2013 Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star Nominated
Leo Awards Best Female Lead in a Television Movie Nominated
2014 Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Nominated
2015 Juno Awards of 2015 Country Album of the YearMacKenzie Porter Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Nominated
Video of the Year – "If You Ask Me To" Nominated
All Star Band – Fiddle Nominated
2016 Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Nominated
2020 Canadian Country Music Association Fans’ Choice Award Nominated
Female Artist Of The Year Nominated
Songwriter(s) Of The Year - "These Days" (shared with Jordan Sapp, Parker Welling) Nominated
2021 Juno Awards Country Album of the Year - Drinkin' Songs: The Collection Nominated[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacKenzie Porter [@MacKenziePMusic] (January 7, 2017). "Love all the birthday wishes but it's actually not my birthday!! jan 29th" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c Pape, Hendrik (August 10, 2011). "MacKenzie Porter almost ready to take off". Sound Check Entertainment.
  3. ^ a b Block, Sheri (December 14, 2012). "'The Horses of McBride' a perfect fit for Alberta actress MacKenzie Porter". CTV. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  4. ^ Leary, Joe (February 16, 2012). "Top 11 Hottest Vancouver Actors to Watch for 2011 Recap". BC Living. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Jafri, Amen (August 11, 2011). "Singer finds her own path". Metro News. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Turner, Katie (July 12, 2011). "A star is rising in Nashville North". Metro News. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  7. ^ Dahlman, Ryan (July 25, 2012). "Sky is the limit for talented southeast Albertan". Prairie Post. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  8. ^ "Artists flood music market with new singles". Postmedia News. October 2, 2012. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Sanchez, Rose (July 31, 2013). "MacKenzie Porter gets a nod from CCMA's with Rising Star nomination". Prairie Post. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  10. ^ Brown, Chris (June 8, 2013). "Hat's MacKenzie Porter selected for inaugural CCMA Discovery Program". Medicine Hat News. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  11. ^ Pederson, Casadie (March 15, 2013). "Fresh Find – MacKenzie Porter". Top Country. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  12. ^ Black, Lauren (2016-07-13). "Chris Lane Reveals 'Girl Problems' Track List, Cover Art". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved 2016-08-03.
  13. ^ "MACKENZIE PORTER RETURNS WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW MUSIC". Big Loud Records. November 30, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  14. ^ Bickell, Dutch (May 23, 2019). "Mackenzie Porter celebrates her first number one song "About You"". Canadian Beats Media. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  15. ^ "Dallas Smith Releases 'The Fall'". Complete Country. 22 March 2019.
  16. ^ Doole, Kerry (June 15, 2020). "Music News Digest, June 15, 2020". FYI Music News. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  17. ^ "Mackenzie Porter Makes Her U.S. Country Radio Debut with "These Days"". The Country Note. April 27, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  18. ^ Owen, Randy (August 21, 2019). "Dean Brody's New Single, New Album and New Tour". 101.1 Country. Rogers Media.
  19. ^ Scott, Jason (March 19, 2021). "Dustin Lynch Revamps "Thinking 'Bout You" With MacKenzie Porter". American Songwriter.
  20. ^ Derdeyn, Stuart (November 18, 2020). "5 things to know about Drinkin' Songs: The Collection by MacKenzie Porter". Vancouver Sun.
  21. ^ "REVIEW: Mackenzie Porter – Drinkin' Songs – The Collection". Off the Record UK. November 6, 2020.
  22. ^ Gallant, Collin (March 12, 2021). "Mackenzie Porter nominated for best country album at Junos". Medicine Hat News.
  23. ^ a b Liptak, Carena (March 20, 2021). "Dustin Lynch Teams With MacKenzie Porter for a Conversational New Version of 'Thinking 'Bout You' [Listen]". Taste of Country.
  24. ^ "🖤MACKENZIE PORTER🖤 on Instagram: "YES YES YES YES YES!!! 💍 Lets get f****** MARRIED baby! We've been keeping this little secret for a few weeks now soaking it in with our…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  25. ^ Furdyk, Brent (March 9, 2019). "MacKenzie Porter Unveils 'Edgy' New Video For Hit Single 'About You'". ET Canada. Corus Entertainment. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  26. ^ "On the rise: Alberta's MacKenzie Porter gets married, releases Nashville debut, Drinkin' Songs". Calgary Herald. November 11, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  27. ^ Chart positions through February 2020: "MacKenzie Porter Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 25, 2020. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
    • "These Days": "Chart Search" (Artist: MacKenzie Porter, Chart: Canadian Hot 100, Chart Date: September 12, 2020). Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
    • "Seeing Other People": "Chart Search" (Artist: MacKenzie Porter, Chart: Canadian Hot 100, Chart Date: October 10, 2020). Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
    • "Drinkin' Songs": "Canadian Hot 100: March 13, 2021". Billboard. Retrieved March 9, 2021.
  28. ^ Chart positions on Canada AC chart:
    • "These Days": "Chart Search" (Artist: MacKenzie Porter, Chart: Canada AC, Chart Date: November 21, 2020). Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  29. ^ Chart positions on Canada CHR/Top 40 chart:
    • "These Days": "Chart Search" (Artist: MacKenzie Porter, Chart: Canada CHR/Top 40, Chart Date: October 10, 2020). Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  30. ^ Chart positions on Canada Country through October 2019: "MacKenzie Porter Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 12, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2020.
  31. ^ Chart positions on Canada Hot AC chart:
    • "These Days": "Chart Search" (Artist: MacKenzie Porter, Chart: Canada Hot AC, Chart Date: October 3, 2020). Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  32. ^ "Billboard Country Update - April 27, 2020" (PDF). Billboard.
  33. ^ "Billboard Country Update - July 27, 2020" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  34. ^ Fioraso, Remington (December 28, 2014). "New single released by MacKenzie Porter". Canadian Beats. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  35. ^ a b "Canadian certifications – MacKenzie Porter". Music Canada. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  36. ^ Mitz, Roman (September 28, 2020). "Dallas Smith – Country Music Awards Continue To 'Drop'". The Music Express. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  37. ^ "Dustin Lynch Chart History – Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  38. ^ Gordon, Holly (June 5, 2021). "Here are the 2021 Juno Award winners". CBC Music.

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