Abermain singer-songwriter Mackenzie Lee, 14, releases debut EP

ONE TO WATCH: Abermain singer Mackenzie Lee, 14, has released her debut EP. Picture: Donita Hall
ONE TO WATCH: Abermain singer Mackenzie Lee, 14, has released her debut EP. Picture: Donita Hall

For someone who dreams to forge a career in the country music industry, Mackenzie Lee Hall is on the right track.

The 14-year-old from Abermain, who performs as Mackenzie Lee, has recently released her debut EP, Sometimes I Wonder.

The four-track EP was produced by none other than Australian country music industry legend Bill Chambers, who she met while performing as a support artist for a friend a few months ago.

Raised on country music, Mackenzie wrote her first song when she was just five years old; picked up a guitar "about six or seven", and also plays piano and drums.

She studied singing with Kirsty Lee Akers for two years before performing in Akers's Road to Nashville show last year, which was an "unforgettable" experience.

She also performed at Golden Octopus Emerging Artist and Tamworth Songwriters Association spots at the country music festival in 2020.

"I'm not much of a talker but I love to sing," Mackenzie says.

"My motto in life is 'People don't pay to hear me talk, they want to hear me sing and play my music'."

Influenced by everyone from Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette, to Kasey Chambers and Luke Bryan, Mackenzie says she enjoys writing songs as it is her way of expressing her emotions.

"Being a singer/songwriter I love writing my own songs, creating something from nothing is very rewarding," she says.

"Touching people's hearts with music gives me great pleasure."

A Year 9 student at Mount View High School, Mackenzie says her main goal is to "always enjoy my music, study to learn all aspects of the industry, eventually producing my own music".

She said recording the EP at Chambers Avenue Recording was a memorable experience.

"The knowledge passed on to me by Bill will definitely stay with me throughout my career," she said.

Sometimes I Wonder is available via on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music and via mackenzieleemusic.com.