At a young age, Mackenzie told her mom that she had music inside her “that needed to come out.” Her mother would check in on her at night to find her fingers playing the piano in her sleep. She wrote her first song as a four-year-old. At eight years old she would go to the movies and come right home to figure out the score on the piano. Always at the mercy of the muse inside, Shivers has continued honing her craft ever since. This included a degree in music composition from Vanderbilt University, which also gained her access to Nashville’s vibrant country scene.
Though she’s lived in NYC for almost a decade, Shivers’ music reflects many different landscapes. The Tampa-born artist with the Celtic soul underpins her classical training with an emotional essence that results in a full-bodied sound. You can hear it all, from the influence of the South, where she spent her childhood years visiting family in Florida, Georgia, and Texas, to the Irish and Scottish heritage which lends her music a distinctly Celtic flavor.
Her new EP Living in My Head represents the challenge of stepping outside yourself and living in the present world, and it’s a theme that is matched by the music. There’s an adventurous spirit to the record which sees Shivers expand upon her traditional influences, such as The Chieftains, Elton John, and Joni Mitchell and embellish them with the richness of Florence and the Machine. Listening to it leaves you in no doubt that you’ve entered the vibrant and imaginative world of its creator.
As with all true artists, Shivers’ sound is both constantly evolving yet instantly recognizable. With Living in My Head, the starlet has recorded a collection of songs which will leave a lasting impression on every listener.