Meet Mackenzie Sol, one of the Five Guys featured in our July/August issue and one of your favorite new artists!

The 16-year-old singer just released the music video for his latest single “Laugh” and is in the process of working on lots of exciting new music. We caught up with him to chat about how he got his start and why his fans mean the world to him.

TigerBeat: How did your passion for music first start?
Mackenzie: I grew up with music all around me. My mom and dad were Motown singers, so in my house there would be one room where someone was recording harmonies, one where someone was playing the guitar. You couldn’t get away from music, but I loved it.

TigerBeat: When did you decide to turn your passion into a career?
Mackenzie: I was probably about four when I went on “The X Factor.” My mom didn’t have a babysitter, so I had to go with her. I was following the cameras around everywhere. The producers said, “You know what? Let’s just bring him in to meet Simon Cowell. Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne.” I got to sing for them and it was an amazing experience.


TigerBeat: If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
Mackenzie: I would collaborate with Shawn Mendes because we’re really similar and we have kind of the same sound. Plus, we’re both cute. (Laughs.)

TigerBeat: Why did you choose to make the music video for your single “Laugh” a fan-sourced video?
Mackenzie: My followers and fans have been supporting me for lots of years and they have gotten me to where I am today. I thought it was time for a payback, so I let them all be a part of my music video. We’re all a team.