Singer/songwriter Mark Mackay was trained as a classical pianist.
“When you come up playing classical piano and you have to worry about dynamics and feel, and have the teacher slapping your wrists when they drop down, that stays with you for life.”
By age 12 Mark had a guitar and his own band. The San Francisco native went to Musicians Institute, a contemporary music college in Hollywood.
“I learned this was not going to be a narrow approach. You have to throw darts at everything until something sticks. And you have to be a little loud to make your presence felt.”
With guitar riffs reminiscent of Tom Petty, Mark Mackay is currently on tour with Joe Nichols and Jackie Lee. He has shared the stage with Frankie Ballard, Cole Swindell, and Old Dominion.
The road is his home; he never likes to stay too long in any one place. With more than 230 shows in the past year, his songs are like a lyrical story album of his travels.
Mark’s new album, Trials & Tribulations, will be released on May 1st. He penned half of the eight tracks. Stand out tracks include: the song that typifies the band’s sound “I’ve Already Won” (written by Debra Gussin), the banjo-infused “I Can’t Stop You” (written by Jeffery Steele), and the traditional country sounds of “Reno” (written by Alex Woodard).
Trials & Tribulations Track Listing:
“I’ve Already Won” (Debra Gussin)
“Settle For A Small Town” (Mark Mackay)
“I Can’t Stop You” (Jeffery Steele)
“Road to Mustang” (Mark Mackay)
“I’ll Be Alright” (Mark Mackay)
“Better in Love” (Mark Mackay)
“Without Me” (Beau Langford)
“Reno” (Alex Woodard)