Every generation has its superstars. The eighties gave us Michael Jackson, the nineties launched Justin Timberlake, and the early two thousands are synonymous with Justin Bieber. Now, we welcome the next generation of talent in singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Mackenzie Sol.
Music is in Mackenzie’s blood. Born to professional singers, the 17-year old triple threat came from humble beginnings in Northern England. He was just four years old when he earned accolades from Simon Cowell during an X-Factor UK audition. From there, he went on to star in numerous stage productions in his pre-teens. Most notably, Mackenzie played the title role in West End’s Youth Theatre rendition of Billy Elliot. Through his work with Tony and Olivier Award winning director Stephen David Daldry, Mackenzie brought the role of Billy Elliot to life. His performance captured the attention of The Royal Ballet School in London, England and they offered him a spot in their world-renowned training institution, where he studied for two years.
When he was 13-years old, his talent expanded beyond the theater and across “the pond” when Mackenzie was invited to share the stage with Jennifer Hudson, Josh Groban, Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and other stars at the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball in Los Angeles. David Foster directed the night of musical performances and Mackenzie kicked off the event with a rendition of the National Anthem.
A year later, Mackenzie signed on with a U.S. based management team comprised of record industry veterans, who have worked with Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, *NSYNC and more. In 2015, he also self-released his first single, “Never Letting You Go.” The precocious teen was involved in every aspect of recording from production to mixing. His vision began to resonate with listeners everywhere on his next song, “My Name” with a video featuring television sensation Kalani Hilliker which became a viral hit. Impressively, the video has amassed over 6 million YouTube views and 340,000 streams on Spotify to date without any traditional promotion.
In 2016, on the heels of earning a Ubeat Music Award nod for “Act of the Year,” he relocated to Los Angeles with his mother and signed a deal with new indie label The Hana Road Music Group.
“I was just a kid with a dream,” says Mackenzie. “L.A. is where you go when you have that sort of dream. I started to see it more clearly. I wanted to make fun and energetic pop music that felt different from what was out there.”
Mackenzie has indeed stayed true to his vision, effortlessly blending his professional theatrical and dance training to formulate his own sound of entrancing pop music. He kicked off 2017 with his first official label release “Laugh,” a light-hearted pop anthem with reggae-inspired beats. The infectious track was well-received by an ever-growing fan base and led Mackenzie to secure content deals with Awesomeness TV and Musical.ly and a correspondent stint for Radio Disney. Last year, Mackenzie was a headlining act on the 2017 Boys of Summer U.S. tour and earlier this year was a featured act on the Bars & Melody Generation Z 2018 U.K. tour.
On his newest release, “Taken,” Mackenzie teams up with the Grammy-Award winning songwriter/producer Diane Warren who penned the catchy song. “When I heard Mackenzie I knew he would be the one to make ‘Taken’ a smash and I know I will be proven right,” predicts Warren. Mackenzie was instantly drawn to the beats and the “boy gets girl” lyrics and was more than thrilled to work with Warren. “I’ve always been a huge fan of her work. My Mum’s band used to perform a couple of songs Diane wrote like LeAnn Rimes’ ‘How Do I Live,’ and I’ve always loved Aerosmith’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.’”
“I’d love for everyone to go on this journey with me,” he says. “I want them to see and feel everything- whether I’m dancing, acting, or singing. I hope I can make them smile.”
With his stunning dance moves, kinetic energy, electric charisma and powerhouse voice, Mackenzie Sol will undoubtedly be this generation’s next superstar.