Hey people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog post, we are going to talk about rising YouTube music superstar Mackenzie Johnson. Mackenzie is a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Philadelphia, PA that you will become OBSESSED with. She is not only a talented vocalist and guitarist, but also has the unique ability to make you fall in love with her music instantly. I have honestly spent the last few days listening to all of her covers and original music on repeat, and am so excited to share her channel with y’all. So please read on to discover your new favorite artist!
The first cover that we’re going to talk about is Mackenzie’s rendition of Skyscraper by Demi Lovato, which was uploaded on August 14th, 2011 (here’s the link Skyscraper – Demi Lovato Cover). I really love that this was one of Mackenzie’s first covers, because it really showed off her talent, showmanship, and level of artistry. Through this cover we got to learn that Mackenzie has an INCREDIBLE voice and can sing live while accompanying herself on the guitar. It’s hard enough to sing as well as Mackenzie does, and then when you add in the fact that she has to divide her mind between her voice and the guitar, it’s just becomes crazy that one person can be so talented. Another thing that I find important for musicians, who post covers on YouTube, is that they need to be able to find the right balance between not copying the original artist 100%, and maintaining what fans love about the original version of the song. Mackenzie is able to make her covers unique, and her natural ability to keep your attention throughout the song, proves that she has the ability to be a competitive artist in the music industry. The next cover that we’re going to talk about is Mackenzie’s cover of TLC’s hit song No Scrubs (here’s the link: No Scrubs – TLC Cover), which was uploaded on November 22nd, 2013. I really loved that she did a cover of this song, because it was a fun change from some of the other covers that she had uploaded at that point. I think that this cover really shows another layer of Mackenzie’s artistry, and proves that she can sing just about anything. I also loved that we got to really see her skills as a rapper in a song that is not easy for one person to cover. If you think about it, TLC was made up of 3 incredibly talented women who each used their individual skills to make magic, so it’s really awesome to see 1 person take on all 3 parts and do really well. I just fell completely in love with this cover. The final cover that we’re going to discuss is Mackenzie’s rendition of Fallin’ by Alicia Keys (here’s the link: Fallin’ – Alicia Keys Cover), which was uploaded on January 12th, 2015. This has to be one of my favorite covers that Mackenzie has done (which is saying a lot because I am ADDICTED to her channel). I really love that we’re able to truly see the just how well Mackenzie is able to control her pitch and still slay those big notes that have made this song a fan favorite. This is a very unforgiving song that not everyone can cover, so I was seriously impressed when I heard this cover. This was the first video that I saw on Mackenzie’s channel, and it instantly drew me in and made me want to hear more from her. I promise that once you heard this cover, you will not be able to turn away.
The first original song that Mackenzie uploaded on YouTube was entitled The Way We Love, and was uploaded on October 24th, 2011. Mackenzie says in the beginning of the video that this song is about a cute relationship that her friend was in. I love this song because it’s so sweet and has a very classic Taylor Swift vibe to it. This song honestly makes you feel like you’re in a Nicholas Sparks movie, and is just so amazing you will find yourself listening to it every day. I thought that this was a very good choice as Mackenzie’s debut original song in YouTube. It is also the perfect song for right now since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The other Mackenzie original that we’re going to talk about is her song What I Want, which was uploaded on December 1st, 2014. This song has a really cool Jason Mraz meets Ed Sheeran feel to it that would definitely be a radio favorite. I also love that this song tells a really awesome story about a person who has been torn down by others so much that the person has always felt like they shouldn’t follow their dreams, but is now realizing that life is too short for fear. This is definitely a song that I think we can all relate to.
Keep up with everything Mackenzie is doing:
YouTube: Mackenzie Johnson
Instagram: Mackenzie Johnson (@mackenziemusic)
Hello people of the internet, on today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, I am going to reintroduce you to an amazing vocalist that I KNOW you are very familiar with (if for some reason you’re not, then you NEED to check her out…after you finish reading this blog, I promise you won’t be disappointed J). This vocalist has had hit singles, has wowed the mentors on the NBC hit singing talent show ‘The Voice’, and has toured all over the world! At just 22 years old, this singer/songwriter has a resume that many seasoned performers would kill for. Who is this amazing vocalist you may ask? None other than the uniquely talented Jordan Pruitt (remember this name folks, because you will continue to hear it for years to come).
Jordan Pruitt was born on May 19, 1991 in Georgia. She began singing at the tender age of 4 with her father’s band in her local church. Jordan continued to perform and perfect her craft, and at the age of 14, she auditioned for Hollywood Records, and received a record deal that very day. Two months later the music video for her debut single, ‘Outside Looking In’ was filmed (the song was also featured in the Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Read it and Weep’, which was released in July of 2006, and the ‘Girl Next’ album, which was released in August of 2006). In October of 2006, Jordan released a cover of the 1979 Sister Sledge classic, ‘We are Family’ for the Disney Movie ‘Air Buddies ‘. In January of 2007, Jordan released the track ‘Jump to the Rhythm’, which was included on the soundtrack of the highly successful Disney Channel Original Movie ‘Jump In’, which starred Keke Palmer (who starred in ‘Akeelah and the Bee’, ‘CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story’, ‘True Jackson VP’, etc.) and Corbin Bleu (who starred in the High School Musical trilogy, ‘Catch that Kid’, ‘Dancing with the Stars’, etc.). In February of 2007, Jordan released her first album ‘No Ordinary Girl’, through Hollywood Records (which as of January 16, 2014 has an ITunes rating of 4 out of 5 stars). The album peaked at #64 on the U.S Billboard Charts and the album’s singles were instantly fan favorites on Radio Disney (a radio station owned by Disney). In April of 2007, Jordan covered ‘When She Loved Me’ (originally performed by Sarah McLachlan for the Disney/Pixar animated hit ‘Toy Story 2’) for the Disneymania5 album. In July of 2007, Jordan released her track ‘Teenager’ (the last single off of her debut album), which was a fan favorite, and was in constant rotation in Radio Disney.
2008 was another HUGE year for Jordan, and presented numerous opportunities, where she was able to demonstrate her unique vocals. In May of 2008, Jordan lent her amazing vocals to the ‘DisneyMania6’ album, with her cover of the song ‘Ever Ever After'(which was made popular by Carrie Underwood for the Disney movie ‘Enchanted’, her version of the song also appeared in the 2008 CD, ‘Princess Mania’). .Jordan released her sophomore album ‘Permission to Fly’ exclusively to the tween clothing store ‘Limited Too’ in July of 2008. The album was later given a wider release, and its’ singles were added to the Radio Disney rotation. The album produced two singles, entitled ‘One Love’ and ‘My Shoes (which were both later performed by Jordan at the 2008 Disney Channel Games). In September of 2008, Jordan’s amazing vocals on her song ‘I Wanna Go Back’ (which was a non-single track off of Jordan’s sophomore album), appeared on the ‘Disney Girlz Rock 2’ album. She also sang a song entitled ‘Take to the Sky’ in September of 2009, for the soundtrack of the Disney movie ‘Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure’. In November of 2008, she sang the song ‘Celebrate Love’, which was included in the ‘Disney Channel Holiday’ album. Her single ‘One Love’ (off of ‘Permission to Fly’), also appeared on the ‘Radio Disney Jams 11’ album, which was released in January of 2009. Jordan also lent her vocals to the son ‘This Christmas’, which was released in October of 2009 on the ‘All Wrapped Up Vol., 2’ CD.
In February of 2011, Jordan parted ways with her label Hollywood Records, and signed with’ Jonas Records’ (a record label established by the popular boy band the ‘Jonas Brothers’). Jordan released her next single ‘Hey Shy Boy’ in November of 2011, and as of January 16, 2014 has an ITunes rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Jordan parted ways with Jonas Records in 2012, and continued to hone her craft. In September 2012, she covered Katy Perry’s mega hit ‘The One That Got Away’ on the “blind auditions” on ‘The Voice’. She chose to become a part of ‘Team Christina’ (which was mentored by superstar Christina Aguilera). Jordan made it to the next round of the competition (which is called the ‘Battle Round’), and sang another Katy Perry hit entitled ‘Hot and Cold’ although Jordan did very well in the battle, she was eliminated after this round. Jordan has made covered videos on YouTube channel since December of 2007. In April of 2013, she released her version of The X Factor UK’s season 6 runner-up Olly Murs’ hit ‘Troublemaker’ to ITunes, (which Jordan performed as a duet with Nickelodeon actor/vocalist Max Schneider).
Jordan has toured all over the world as the opening act of numerous successful acts, as well as on her own. In 2006 she toured with the highly successful group ‘The Cheetah Girls’, and was included on numerous dates on the ‘High School Musical: The Concert ‘in 2006 and 2007. Jordan has also toured with numerous successful acts such as: Corbin Bleu, The Plain White Tees, Drake Bell (who starred in the hit Nickelodeon show ‘The Amanda Show’ and ‘Drake and Josh’), and the Jonas Brothers. In 2008, Jordin was a part of the ‘Tour of Gymnastics Superstars’, and sequentially toured in over 20 states across the continental United States. In 2009, Jordan opened for the Demi Lovato (who has starred in the highly successful Disney franchise ‘Camp Rock’ and the Disney show Sonny with a Chance, is one of the former X Factor U.S. judge, etc.) and David Archuleta (the runner-up of American Idol season 7).
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