They say that travel broadens the mind. For James Mackenzie, the raw and vulnerable singer/songwriter from the Scottish Highlands now calling Nurnberg his home, it’s also broadened his musical horizons.
Once a troubadour of the Scottish Highlands, James Mackenzie has
found his new home of Nuremberg (Germany) to be the perfect
setting for his heartfelt alternative rock songs. Mackenzie packed up
his guitar and left Inverness after 8 years of writing and touring,
determined to find fresh influences and inspirations, in order to grow
beyond the familiar traditional and folk roots of his hometown.
James Mackenzie recently performed an acoustic version of “Closer” as part of the Roastery Sessions. Watch the results below!
Now firmly settled in – and with the help of a crowdfunding campaign
– James is preparing to release his debut album. Working together
with a talented session band and with various collaborators, including
Texas-based producer and bassist Matt Noveskey (Blue October) &
multi-award winning instrumentalist and composer Glenn
Sarangapany, the album promises to give the listener an insight into
what it’s like to start a life somewhere new, without knowing anybody
and trying to rebuild after a hectic love life.
Listen to “Shoulders” below!
With inspirations ranging from Metallica to Glen Hansard & Jimmy
Eat World to Ray LaMontagne, Mackenzie’s style of Alt-Rock tugs at
the heart strings and draws you in thanks to his soaring vocals and
catchy melodies complimented by the magnetism of his band.
Everyone has had an experience that needs written down and sung
about, this is exactly what James does; his lyrics are honest, heartfelt
and most importantly, relatable.
Lets see what James Mackenzie has to say about Vocalzone
“If I’m feeling a little edgy or nervous before a show I take a Vocalzone pastille. It calms me down, and at the same time, gives me this relaxed and warm feeling in my mouth. I’ve been on shows for more than 10 days in a row in some sweaty, smokey and loud Irish pubs but not once have I had to cancel a show – thanks to VocalZone. Don’t lose your voice. Use Vocalzone!”