About Scott MacKay
“When snow falls in hell you’ll come around you’ll put the bottle down.”
With one line you are introduced to the simple, elegant music of PEI singer & songwriter, Scott MacKay. MacKay’s country-ish songs are standouts, riddled with one-liners that sparkle like rhinestones on a Nudie suit.
Scott MacKay was raised in a house that straddles the line between city and country, with farmland in the back and a view of the city lights in front. If a place has any influence on an artist, then this may be where MacKay began to develop his attraction to contrast. Since the release of MacKay’s most recent offering “Twin” he has been dedicating much of his time on writing, and in doing so has found himself creating songs that are very much antithetical to what he has done in the past. Songs that do not evoke teardrops but rather smiles. Songs that make you think while wearing a grin.
Musically he has reached back into the era of Classic Country music and has borrowed stylings from the artists he admires such as Hank Williams, Walt Whitman, & Shel Silverstein.
“MacKay has a vibrato, thanks to his affinity for crooner vocalists, which gives him even more of an antique feel, like he just stepped out of a bus straight from the 1940's.” - Bob Mersereau - CBC - East Coast Music.
Having been a finalist in the Aspiring Canadian Writer’s Contest, a Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, and being nominated for both Folk Recording of the Year and Male Artist of the Year at the Calgary Music Awards has made MacKay an artist to watch.
“If you are looking for a performer to provide an unforgettable evening of song, stories, laughter and impeccable musicianship, Scott MacKay is the artist for you.” - Rhea March – Artist Development Specialist – March Music & The School of Song. (schoolofsong.com)
Calgary Music Awards Nominee for Roots/Folk Recording of the Year & Male Artist of the Year
International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist
Aspiring Canadian Writer's Contest Finalist
Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting Competition Finalist
PEI Song Search Finalist
Calgary CBC Searchlight Finalist