Alvarez All Stars

Featuring performances and lessons from artists around the world, Alvarez All Stars are a select group of musicians who move and inspire us.  We couldn’t be more honored that they trust our guitars to include in their signature sound, and we are proud and delighted to sponsor and endorse these up-and-coming talents.

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Mackenzie Johnson

"How to Play "Me!" on the Ukulele "

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.

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How Deep is Your Love (Bee Gees Cover)

90's/Early 2000's Pop Medley

Watch Me Write and Perform a Song Live

Coat of Many Colors (Dolly Parton Cover)

Chris Buck

"Back to Yesterday"

“I think I knew pretty early on” laughs British guitarist Chris Buck. “That first moment of being able to replicate what was coming out of my old man’s stereo had a big effect on me. I’ve wanted to be a musician ever since”.

​Fast forward ten years and Chris, finds himself at the legendary Rockfield Studios, a stones-throw away from his South Wales home, recording Buck & Evans’ much anticipated debut album, newly crowned Total Guitar Magazine’s Best New Guitarist of 2017. 

​Despite a monthly column for Guitar Interactive Magazine, a weekly YouTube show, a signature set of Stratocaster pickups and guitar greats being quick to express their appreciation of Chris’s playing – (this guy’s a fu*king awesome guitar player!”Slash), Chris insists that he doesn’t crave the spotlight. “From the moment I first picked it up when I was 14, I never wanted to be the virtuoso guitar guy” says Chris. “All of my favourite musicians were very much part of a band and worked to serve the song; that sense of interaction and spontaneity is incomparable. Making music with your mates; there’s no better feeling…”

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Crossroads Blues Jam

Loki Rothman

"Dooley (The Dillards Cover)"

South African guitar virtuoso, LOKI ROTHMAN is the complete package.  He has mastered many genres on the guitar, has a mesmerizing voice and paints beautiful landscapes with his original lyrics. Loki jump-started his career when he ended up in the top 6 on the first season of SA’s Got Talent.  He has travelled the world as Jack Parow’s brilliant guitarist, worked with the likes of Die Antwoord and Toya Delazy and runs his own private music school. Loki sent two brilliant releases into the world in 2015 exhibiting his amazing diversity as a musician – his debut album, The Way Back, and his guitar instrumental DVD, Syndactyly.