Mackenzie Porter is a successful country music artist from Canada. Often compared to the likes of Shania Twain, Porter burst onto the country scene in 2010 and has since reached chart-topping success.
The 32-year-old was born near Medicine Hat in Alberta in 1990, and grew up with her family on a cattle and bison farm. At the age of four, she began to learn how to play the piano and the violin, and from an early age her parents noticed her ability to be able to sing.
As a teenager, Mackenzie began touring with her brother Kalan Porter — winner of 2004’s Canadian Idol. She later moved to Vancouver, where, she partnered with actor and musician Andrew Jenkins and formed the band The Black Boots.
In 2010, Porter left the band to launch her own solo career, quickly earning herself as the winner of the 2011 Nashville “North Star” competition. Porter’s rising popularity gave her the opportunity to open shows for musicians such as the likes of Kenny Chesney, Doc Walker and Trooper.
She released her first single, “I Wish I’d Known”, followed by a debut album in 2014. By 2018, she had signed with Nashville-based Big Loud, becoming the record label’s very first Canadian artist. Later, she released an EP, Drinkin’ Songs: The Collection (2020).
Although she has taken a step back in recent years to focus on family, Mackenzie Porter is the only Canadian woman since Shania Twain to reach three consecutive number ones back to back and has made her mark on the country music scene.