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Named one of Reverbnation's top new artists, Makayla Lynn is a fresh face in the industry with the vocals, songwriting ability and stage presence that many call unprecedented for her age. With more than 700,000 video views from over 17,000 social media fans, Makayla Lynn is quickly becoming a household name. The International Songwriting contest semi-finalist and CBC Searchlight Semi Finalist, has penned over 70 songs and recently released her Nashville recorded and produced album “Daydream” that has already seen 4 major award nominations and a single released across Canada with great success. Makayla is no stranger to the stage, performing for the past 6 years all around the Maritimes, Ontario and in Nashville. She has shared the stage and opened for some of country music's biggest names in front of crowds as large as 30,000 and in some of the most iconic venues.
Barely a teenager, Makayla Lynn has 3 albums under her belt, including her latest project "Daydream". Recorded in Nashville, TN and released in June 2014. "Daydream" has been nominated for ECMA Country Recording of the Year, ECMA Rising Star Recording of the Year, IMEA Country Album of the Year as well as Music Nova Scotia's Country Recording of the Year. A ground breaking project for such a young artist, the components of the album will make it competitive in today’s country market. The first single was released to 150 stations across Canada in July 2014 and has made the DMDS chart for the most active indies in it's first week at radio. "Makayla Lynn has it...and it's just the beginning. She can hold a crowd of thousands with her singing/songwriting and playing. Can't wait to see what her budding career will bring the world of country music" ~ Russell MacKenzie, FX101.9fm - Halifax
March 2014 found Makayla Lynn in Nashville, TN working with some of the top A-list musicians in Music City on her first fully produced, radio quality mastered, studio album. Produced by Smith Curry (steel and dobro for Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Randy Travis and many others) and Darryl Landry (songwriter/publisher), with vocal production by Dave Demay (Star Search winner and nephew of legend Buddy Killen) the project has quickly turned into something unprecedented for such a young East Coast musician. Having written or co-written 6 of the tracks sets the young songwriter apart from many others her age. The original project was met with such rave reviews that less than 12 months later in May 2015 the team assembled again for a brand new single penned by Makayla as a tribute to 3 fallen officers who lost their lives in a tragedy close to her hometown. “Fallen Hero” is set to release in early June 2015 and has already been picked up by the Canadian Red Cross and Illinois State Police Dept. for powerful tribute videos.
Since first jumping into the music scene at the age of 8, Makayla has been experiencing a rapidly growing fan base with more than 700,000 views of her videos on you tube and more than 5000 fans on her facebook page. She is currently ranked the #1 country artist in Nova Scotia and #3 in Canada by Reverbnation with more than 17,500 fans. At the prime age for social media, Makayla's internet based support system is expanding rapidly as she makes a name for herself all around the world.
The past 3 years have found Makayla Lynn performing alongside of many of country music's biggest icons. She has been fortunate enough to spend time and share stages with Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt, Hunter Hayes and countless others. Being such a fresh face in the industry makes Makayla Lynn a sought after opening act for performers and venues. She has had the pleasure of opening for Country Music legend Ricky Skaggs, as well as Kira Isabella, Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Charlie Major, Josh Macumber and others. There is no stage too big or too small for Makayla. She made this evident in July 2012 - 2014 when she was the youngest performer on the main stage of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival all 3 years in front of more than 30,000 screaming fans. She went on to be the youngest at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival Main stage as well as the Boots and Hearts Festival in Ontario where she took part in the Big Machine Label Group Showcase in August 2012.
In October 2012 Makayla performed at the prestigious Hugh's Room en route to Nashville for a short tour playing many acoustic showcases and sets with the club's house bands. She turned heads at The Stage on Broadway, Legend's Corner and The Second Fiddle getting called back up for multiple encores. "I have to say I was very surprised to hear such a "grown up" voice coming from a young lady!! Very beautifully balanced, well controlled singer." said Kent Williams, Production/Booking Manager of the three venues. Makayla also performed at Nashville Palace, The Commodore Grill, and Hotel Indigo during her stay.
Makayla has lent her musical talent to many causes including local hospitals and charities. In Nova Scotia however, the name Makayla Lynn is synonymous with the fight against bullying. Her song The Joke's On You is being used as an anti-bullying theme in classrooms as far away as Japan and Australia. It June 2013 the song was picked up by the Canadian Red Cross as part of their RespectED Anti-bullying campaign. Since it's release in June 2010 Makayla has been a strong voice for other youth consistently spreading her message “you are not alone”. It was because of this leadership that the Premier of Nova Scotia awarded her the Power of Positive Change scholarship that spring.
While she is a self taught guitarist, she is also a vocal and piano student and has earned awards for the highest voice and piano exam marks in her grade levels. She has won scholarships every year since beginning at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and is a straight A grade school student. Not only is she talented she is also incredibly smart; a very powerful combination.