By Bobbi Prentice
With her first public performance MacKayla Hunter knew she wanted to sing. And sing she has. MacKayla has come a long way from singing in front of three hundred people at her eighth grade graduation. She sang “Breath” by Taylor Swift then, but now she has her own stylish array of music is taking Nashville by storm.
This month MacKayla is returning home to her “IdaHome” as she calls it to perform in various venues around Idaho. Kuna is lucky to be included on that list as she brings her unique sound of country rock indie music to Cowgirls. She is considered an emerging force for young artists looking to carve out their own one of a kind sound in the music business.
MacKayla has been a go getter from the start. She didn’t just learn to sing, then play the guitar; she learned to sing, play guitar and write music all at the same time. With strong musical influences Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Patsy Cline, MacKayla brings a whole new sound. At age fifteen she emerged as one of the up and coming young stars of the country music scene. In 2010, she released her debut six pack EP, “Bitter & Sweet”, followed by several strong single releases which Universal Records has distributed across the United States and European markets. In 2013, she signed with Arrow Entertainment of Nashville/Seattle for ongoing artist management and is working pre-production for several new singles to be released later this year and the first of 2015.
This month MacKayla went back out on the “No Bully Tour” for the second time. The “No Bully Tour” is a tour made up of talented artists from all genres and backgrounds who have come together to provide support against the very serious epidemic of bullying. The Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation sponsors this tour to raise awareness. Some of you may remember that Karen Klein is the bus monitor that was bullied by middle school students in a video that went viral and brought an outpouring of national support and helped to bring attention to the Anti-Bullying cause. MacKayla inspires to be a good role model to others and inspire them to act on the good every person has within themselves. Touring with the “No Bully Tour” is a great way to spread that message.
MacKayla believes that music is a way to the heart. She wants people to relate to the songs that she sings. Her hope is that she will leave her mark on the world and be a positive influence whether it is through her music or the way she lives her life. Through her music she aims to write songs that they consider “their songs”. She wants to touch on the real life experiences that effect everyday life. She does this not just through her music but through her support of programs such as the anti-bullying campaign and also adoption support programs.
Adoption is something that is close to MacKayla’s heart. Her two youngest brothers are adopted and she wants other adopted children to know their families’ joy in choosing them to be a part of a family. This amazing humanitarian side of MacKayla comes from her faith rooted family and shines out through her music.
Be sure to come and see this Kuna girl as she returns home.
Thursday, August 21st; 9 pm; Cowgirls in Kuna; Tickets $5.