Being joyful isn’t so much of an emotion, but more of a discipline. Choose joy.
(PRWEB) September 05, 2013
“I’ve always been a sucker for pop music,” says BEAT100 Ultimate Musician, Mackenzie Elliott. “There is nothing I love more than watching millions of people connect with one idea through a song.” Mackenzie, a pop singer and songwriter, is quickly making her way to stardom, recently uploading her first official music video to BEAT100, ‘Lipstick Summer’. The catchy and uplifting track quickly caught the attention of the BEAT100 team and community, receiving a Gold Song, Video, and Favorite Award for its professional quality. “'Lipstick Summer' is about experiencing the freedom that comes with self-confidence,” says Mackenzie. “More specifically, it’s about that one summer (everybody has one) when you finally figure out who you are and you want everybody to know. For me, it was the summer I was seventeen, put on red lipstick for the first time, and felt like I could take on the world.”
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, USA, Mackenzie began developing her songwriting at the age of 15, writing and playing songs for anyone she could. “[However], it took until I was 19, when I had my first major heartbreak to write anything worth hearing,” she says. “The song that came out of that experience is really what made me fall deeper in love with songwriting.” Following high school, Mackenzie enrolled at Belmont University in the famous music city of Nashville, Tennessee, where she quickly began expanding her musical experiences and network. “From the moment I set foot in Nashville, it felt like home,” she says. One semester, she even had the opportunity to compete on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ with a blind audition. “I dropped out of school for a semester. When I came back I had even more of a spark that made me work a hundred times harder in pursuing my dreams,” says Mackenzie. “Oh, and Adam Levine told me I was cute, so that’s not bad either,” she adds.
With two singles currently released, ‘Lipstick Summer’ and ‘You Got Me Good’ (Both are available on iTunes), Mackenzie is currently working on her first EP, set for completion by the end of 2013. “The proudest moment of my career was when I released my first single, ‘You Got Me Good’,” says Mackenzie. “I had unlocked the sound that had been inside me for so long, and I was finally able to share it with people.” As she develops her discography, fans have much to look forward as Mackenzie adds her energetic, positive, and overall quality sound to the pop genre. Currently performing mostly acoustic shows, Mackenzie says she has plans to get a full band together in the future along with a schedule of more live performances as well.
BEAT100 members can sign up to follow Mackenzie and view her uploaded videos, including newest single, ‘Lipstick Summer’, and stay updated on her upcoming EP release and performances. Musicians can join BEAT100 for free to upload their original and cover music videos to the BEAT100 World Music Video Charts and for a chance to join the ranks of Mackenzie Elliott as BEAT100 Ultimate Musician. As a musician with a vision to spread positive messages through her music, Mackenzie provides advice to fellow aspiring artists and fans: “Being joyful isn’t so much of an emotion, but more of a discipline. Choose joy. When life isn’t going the way you had hoped, choose to remember that you were made to do great things and each step is important in the journey.”