Mackenzie Johnson is an American singer-songwriter from Philadelphia, PA. She is best known for her covers of popular songs on YouTube. With over half a million subscribers and 58 million video views and counting, her channel continues to grow at a rapid pace. Shortly after her channel began to gain traction, she was chosen to compete on the reality TV show Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project, along with American Idol, and most recently The Four: Battle for Stardom (season 2).
During that time Mackenzie also landed a music publishing deal in Nashville. Although it was a brief stint, she learned a lot about the art of co-writing, the music industry, and gained firsthand studio experience.
Some artists you can pin down to one genre but Mackenzie Johnson is not one of them. She continues to challenge herself as a singer and musician, adapting to any style of song she encounters, reimagining songs by pop artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Beyoncé, to legendary artists like Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, Joni Mitchell, and David Bowie.
Mackenzie has achieved many accomplishments in the time since she started her YouTube channel back in 2010 including speaking and performing at a TED Talk, partnering with popular guitar companies like Alvarez and Ernie Ball, and performing onstage with Irish songwriter Glen Hansard (The Frames). She also sang alongside Natasha Bedingfield and Eric Hutchinson for videos on her channel.
Her endless talent, determination, and kindness continues to inspire thousands of people and music lovers online. As her channel’s success continues to grow, so does the demand for Mackenzie to release original music. Thankfully for fans, it won’t be much longer. Mackenzie is currently working with an NYC-based producer and planning to release her debut single some time this year.