|Birth name||MacKenzie Lea Porter|
|Born||January 29, 1990|
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, violin|
|Labels||Big Loud Records|
|Associated acts||Kalan Porter|
MacKenzie Lea Porter (born January 29, 1990) is a Canadian actress and musician.
Life and career
MacKenzie Porter was raised on a cattle and bison ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta. She began studying piano, violin and voice at age four. Growing up, she toured in a family band with her brother, 2004 Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter.
Film and TV career
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. She was also named as one of the Top 11 Hottest Vancouver Actors to Watch for 2011 by BC Living magazine.
After moving to Vancouver to pursue acting, Porter teamed up with musician and actor Andrew Jenkins to form the band The Black Boots. In 2010, she launched a solo career. Porter was the winner of the 2011 Nashville North Star competition. She has opened for Kenny Chesney, Doc Walker and Trooper, among others, and has performed for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gene Simmons.
In October 2012, Porter released her debut single, "I Wish I'd Known". Her second single, "Never Gonna Let You", was co-written and produced by Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Porter was chosen as one of six acts for the inaugural Canadian Country Music Association Discovery Program in 2013. She was also nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Her debut album was released on July 15, 2014.
|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||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|
|2014–2016||Hell on Wheels||Naomi Bohannon||12 episodes|
|2016–present||Travelers||Marcy Warton||Main role|
|2012||"I Wish I'd Known"||34||—||MacKenzie Porter|
|2013||"Never Gonna Let You"||11||96|
|2014||"If You Ask Me To"||17||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2012||"I Wish I'd Known"||David Tenniswood|
|2013||"Never Gonna Let You"|
|2014||"If You Ask Me To"|
Awards and nominations
|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 Year – MacKenzie 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|
- MacKenzie Porter [@MacKenziePMusic] (January 7, 2017). "Love all the birthday wishes but it's actually not my birthday!! jan 29th" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- 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.
- Block, Sheri (December 14, 2012). "'The Horses of McBride' a perfect fit for Alberta actress MacKenzie Porter". CTV. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- Leary, Joe (February 16, 2012). "Top 11 Hottest Vancouver Actors to Watch for 2011 Recap". BC Living. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- Jafri, Amen (August 11, 2011). "Singer finds her own path". Metro News. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- Turner, Katie (July 12, 2011). "A star is rising in Nashville North". Metro News. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- Dahlman, Ryan (July 25, 2012). "Sky is the limit for talented southeast Albertan". Prairie Post. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- "Artists flood music market with new singles". Postmedia News. October 2, 2012. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- Sanchez, Rose (July 31, 2013). "MacKenzie Porter gets a nod from CCMA's with Rising Star nomination". Prairie Post. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- 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.
- Pederson, Casadie (March 15, 2013). "Fresh Find – MacKenzie Porter". Top Country. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- "MacKenzie Porter Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- "MacKenzie Porter Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013.