Nashville Music Guide’s Artists to Watch 2023

Canada native, Nashville-based MacKenzie Porter is rising to international acclaim with her radiant Country style. In 2022, she scored a SIX-week #1 with Dustin Lynch collaboration “Thinking ‘Bout You,” earning her first #1 at U.S. Country radio while releasing brand-new songs “Coming Soon To A Bar Near You,” “Pickup,” “Unlonely Me” and “Heaven Heard Me” via Big Loud Records.

Her Joey Moi-produced album DRINKIN’ SONGS: THE COLLECTION sparked headline-worthy accolades, including debuting on the Grand Ole Opry, four 2021 CCMA Awards nominations, and 2021 JUNO Awards nomination for Country Album of the Year. Making her mark, Porter became the first female artist to have three consecutive #1 singles at Canadian Country radio in 22 years with “About You,” “These Days” and “Seeing Other People” in early 2020, following Shania Twain in 1998.

Porter also earned her first crossover Top 10 at Canadian Pop radio – a first since 2003 for a Canadian Country artist – with “These Days (Remix),” and joined CMT’s elite Next Women of Country class of 2021 and Pandora’s 2021 Country Artist to Watch. She has shared the stage with Walker Hayes, Jordan Davis, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Chris Lane, Blake Shelton, Dallas Smith, and co-starred in the Netflix series, Travelers.

She also has a song out on Cheat Codes latest project One Night in Nashville called “One Night Left.”

This year, fans can expect new music as she plans the release of her debut, full-length album. Porter has been in songwriting camps and the studio crafting what she says has been a “long time in the works.”

As far as touring, she is already slated with some headlining shows in 2023, Porter will be one of the acts on the Spotlight Stage at C2C Festival from March 10-12, as well as Gulf Coast Jam in June and TidalWave Music Festival in August.

Label: Big Loud

Hot Release: “One Night Left” & “Thinking ‘Bout You”

If you like: Kacey Musgraves, The Chicks, Ellie Goudling

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