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Brian McKenzie started his career as writer and guitarist for the rock band “Kilgore (Smudge)” in the mid 90s, with whom he was soon signed to Unsound Records, a subsidiary of Giant Records. After years of touring and performing, Brian parted ways with the band, and with heavy rock all together. He has since developed into a singer songwriter who takes elements of the country/roots blend of Americana and adds his clean, smooth vocal style to create a sound once described by a club owner as “Ameri-Crooner”. He draws on influences that range from the crooners of the 1940s and 50s, to early country and rockabilly, rock, and the songwriters of today. Brian blends the ingredients into a cohesive, well mixed drink that you can easily get lost in.
Brian had released 2 solo albums before releasing “Resolution”, his most mature and polished album to date. The Recording Academy placed Brian McKenzie on the Official Ballot for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in the following categories for his album “Resolution”:
Best Country Solo Performance "Because of You"
Best Country Song "Isabel" and "Tennessee"
Best Country Album "Resolution"
Best Short Form Music Video "Waiting For You"
He has also co-written songs in Nashville that have been put on hold with popular artists such as Tim McGraw, has been endorsed by San Fransisco’s "Blueridge" guitars, Shubb Capos, and LR Baggs electronics, appeared on "The Rhode Show" on Fox 64 TV, Rhode Island, and is presently dividing time performing and writing throughout the Northeast and Nashville.