May 7th, 2022 7pm Stage 3
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Like her influences Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos, Mackenzie Shivers invites you into her world and empowers your soul. The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist began writing music when she was four years old and started piano lessons when she was five. In her songwriting, she underpins her classical training with an emotional essence that blossom together like bright buds as they bloom atop a proud and prolific tree. The result is "mesmerizing and magical" (Folk Radio UK).
Her 2021 cinematic alt-folk release 'Rejection Letter' is a bold and brave expression of female anger, questioning the contemporary world, and the desire to help others feel less alone in their uncertainties and fears. Lauded "a masterpiece" (KUTX), the 10-track LP is Shivers’s way of taking ownership of her own voice, her ability to speak up and speak out, and to embrace a rebellious spirit.
She takes each sound, each vocal utterance, and nurtures them in their simplest form. Like individual colors on an artist's palette, knowing which pieces to blend together and which to lay side by side, she has a discernible skill for being able to distinguish contrast and focus all in the same view. The colors, textures, and entire landscape itself allures and charms the listener, pulling them into the stunning musical terrain. Listening to her work leaves you in no doubt that you’ve entered the vibrant and imaginative world of its creator.