Singer / songwriter Brian Mackey announces the release date of highly anticipated single “America” on April 22. The single from his new album, Broken Heartstrings due out in June, will be released to iTunes on Earth Day 2014 as a sign of Mackey’s support for environmental protection and the simple, natural gifts in the United States of America.
Mackey’s “America” is a trip across the US evoking mental snapshots of time on the road. “I was presented with an opportunity to write a song for a motion picture. They needed something with a 70’s vibe and the word ‘America’ came to mind. Pictures of a recent trip flooded back to me and my mind kept going cross country,” explains Mackey of the inspiration for the track.
The single will lead off the collection of pop-infused Americana songs on Mackey’s album Broken Heartstrings featuring special appearances from Nashville singer/songwriter Sam Ashworth, son of songwriter and producer Charlie Peacock on drums and background vocals (Amy Grant, Civil Wars, Switchfoot); Jeff King on guitar and banjo (Reba McEntire, Kenny Loggins, Dave Matthews); and Mark Hill on bass (Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire). The album, recorded in Nashville, is co-produced by Sam Ashworth and Brian Mackey, engineered by Richie Biggs (The Civil Wars), and is scheduled for release in June 2014.
Mackey’s recent album, Honest Love features the upbeat title track and the autobiographical and introspective song “Florida.” Mackey also takes the listener on an emotional ride with the soulful “Sunshower” and the alt-Americana track, “Out On the Road.”
Mackey’s music and film credits include features in several recent movie soundtracks and television shows. “Color Blue” and “Honest Love” are featured in The Boys of Abu Graib with actors Sara Paxton (Last House on the Left) and Sean Austin (Lord of the Rings), and in 29,000 Wishes, 1 Regret directed by Oliver Robins (Poltergeist). Other movies featuring Brian’s work include: “Color Blue” in Fake directed by Gregory Friedle, with Robert Loggia and Gabriel Mann, and “Color Blue” in Fathoms Deep. “Honest Love” was also featured on DIY Network’s I Hate My Contractor in 2013. In 2012, “Out On the Road” was featured in Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover on the Travel Channel.
Unicef has tapped into Mackey’s “Honest Love” for their recent worldwide advertising and video campaign “Live Below The Line.” Mackey has been named a Supercuts® Rock the Cut Artist Ambassador for two years running. In 2013, Mackey’s “Honest Love” was also featured in a Coldwell Banker campaign. In 2012, Mackey showcased as a Viso Music Feature Artist and a U.S. Airways In-Flight Radio Feature Artist. Mackey was also featured on the Songs of Love for Japan compilation in 2011 alongside stars like Sara Bareilles, Ani DiFranco and Tori Amos.
Brian Mackey is an honest, eclectic pop-infused rock, singer songwriter, with a twist of folkish Americana. Broken Heartstrings is Mackey’s first full length album. Honest Love, Mackey’s third EP, was released in 2010. His first EP, Feng Shui for Slobs, was released in 2008 and the second was Brian Mackey Red released in 2009. Brian’s first EP, Feng Shui for Slobs, garnered the placement of “Painted Red” on the Disney TV show, Naturally Sadie, a milestone achievement for his first EP.
The Florida native’s influences are as varied as his inspirations. Mackey, a classical pianist, loves modern masters Bob Dylan, Jim Croche and The Beatles as much as composers Mozart and Beethoven.
For more information about Brian Mackey, visit www.BrianMackeyMusic.com.
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