She’s young, and original. Australia’s own Kim MacKenzie, who in a few short months will release her much anticipated debut album. Nothing new in that. Lots of people make albums, but for the Queensland-born diva, now residing on the NSW Central Coast, this disc is the culmination of years of living, dreaming, performing and learning from the best.
Born with a love of music, Kim has been fortunate to mix in some influential musical circles. A chance meeting a few years back with Kevin Bennett, front man for much respected Sydney-based roots band The Flood, was a real turning point for the young writer and performer. Hearing some of Kim’s originals, Kevin offered to produce her debut CD, and the results of that are due to hit the music store shelves and radio waves by mid 2006.
Categorizing Kim’s music is not so easy, but have a listen and you’ll find it’s very easy on the ears. And why wouldn’t it be, with influences as varied as Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Patty Griffin, and of course, her producer, Kevin Bennett, who is regarded by many as Australia’s quintessential singer/songwriter and musician.
With energy to burn and an impressive track record to date, which includes support shows for expat Aussie Jedd Hughes and the mighty Flood, this is one young lady on a mission. A gifted guitarist and vocalist, an evening at a Kim MacKenzie show is something you really do have to experience for yourself – which could well wind up with one of Kim’s favoured closers, Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower.
Not your average country fare, but she’s not your average country singer. This is a performer who can leap musical boundaries with ease. Look out world. Kim MacKenzie has arrived.