MacKenzie Porter

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MacKenzie Porter
Birth nameMacKenzie Lea Porter
Born (1990-01-29) January 29, 1990 (age 29)
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • violin
Years active2007–present
LabelsBig Loud
Associated actsKalan Porter

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

Life and career[edit]

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]

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]

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.[12]

Etheridge appeared in the 2019 music video for Porter’s 2018 song “About You”.


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


Studio albums[edit]

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


Year Single Peak chart
CAN Country
2012 "I Wish I'd Known" 34 MacKenzie Porter
2013 "Never Gonna Let You" 11 96
2014 "If You Ask Me To" 17
"Misfit Parade"
2015 "Rodeo" 32 N/A
2019 "About You" 1
"These Days" 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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"

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


  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". Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on November 13, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  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. ^ "🖤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.
  13. ^ "MacKenzie Porter Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  14. ^ "MacKenzie Porter Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 12, 2019.

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