“Shivers’ voice is emotional and authentically beautiful.”
— Isabel Rolston, The Deli Magazine

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, and at age eight 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. Music is more than just a listening experience, and Shivers’ music brings life to her sound by painting a picture of a colorful world where spirits can run free.

Art moves us, it puts a fire beneath our soul and creates imagery in our minds that connects to the beautiful things around us. Some of the boldest women in music like Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell have done this, and so has Shivers. The experiences that submerged Shivers into her craft include a degree in music composition from Vanderbilt University, which also gained her access to Nashville’s vibrant country scene. You can still hear this influence of the South when pedal steel floats amongst her trademark piano skills, while her Irish and Scottish heritage lends a distinctly Celtic flavor.

As with all true artists, Shivers’ sound is both constantly evolving yet instantly recognizable. On her newest album The Unkindness, she underpins her classical training with an emotional essence that blossom together like bright buds as they bloom atop a proud and prolific tree. The Unkindness stands like a powerful army, a collection of songs with resilient soldiers on the battle lines fighting against the “unkindness” that appears in the world. The album pledges a therapeutic commentary on the harsh realities that surface and spread like wildfire on the world. Like coping with the “unkindness” all around us, Shivers conveys the realness and rawness of hands joining in unity and marching forward.

This is Shivers’ first time being listed as a producer on a project, further injecting more of her own personal creative vision into the heart of each song. Rather than focusing on making each take perfect, she emphasizes the importance of capturing the story being told. The sound is alternately robust—with horns weaving in and out of bass, drums, organ, Shivers “pounding the keys with the reckless abandon of a 11-17-70 Elton John” (The Village Voice)—or delicate, with two simple, ghostly vocals. No matter how large or small the arrangement, each musical element is branch of that mystical blooming tree, lining each side of a path she paves for the listener to get perfectly misplaced in wanderlust.

Like her influences Aoife O’Donovan and Olivia Chaney, Shivers’ voice is clear and unmistakable. She takes each sound, each vocal utterance, and nurtures them in their simplest form, leaving a lasting impression on every listener. With The Unkindness, she invites you into a realm where you can escape, dream, grieve, believe, and even dance. Listening to her work leaves you in no doubt that you’ve entered the vibrant and imaginative world of its creator. Like individual colors on an artist’s palette, knowing which pieces to blend together and which to lay side by side, Shivers has a discernible skill for being able to distinguish contrast and focus all in the same view. The colors, textures and the entire landscape itself allures and charms the listener, pulling them into the stunning musical terrain.

-Brijana Bondy


“The Unkindness” official video filmed in Tokyo, Japan

Rockwood Music Hall in NYC

“Believe” with the Apartment Sessions, live from Iceland

She’s often compared to Joni Mitchell and ‘90s-era Jewel, but her piano-driven songs are very much her own style.
— Music Times

[“Believe” is] one of those tracks which, once heard, you can’t believe hasn’t existed for years – perhaps the ultimate compliment.
— Songwriting Magazine

“Whimsical compositions paired with raw emotion and nostalgic ambience”
— BroadwayWorld

The piano is nostalgic, Shivers’ voice is timeless. It soars like a bird and hums like a dragonfly. Sometimes it sounds like strings and sometimes like woodwind.
— Ear to the Ground Music

Citing her influences as, amongst others, The Chieftains, Elton John and Joni Mitchell, the songs on the EP have a richness and maturity to them.
— Andrew Higgins, Americana UK

Sultry voiced, sonically powerful and interesting with its wide spectrum, this isn’t some quickly thrown together release as a tide over – this effort took thought and planning to execute.
— Rob Ross, Pop Dose

Armed with a crystal-clear voice and piercing piano notes, ‘The Unkindness’ is at times uplifting, tragic, redemptive and rousing. ★★★★★
— Mandy Southgate, Addicted to Media

Her follow-up release ‘Living in My Head’ is powerful, showcasing her Celtic-inspired piano-driven folk.
— Rob Dickens, No Depression

The rolling drums drive the Gaelic rhythm of the the song, as an earthy acoustic guitar meets a dancing staccato piano piece.
— Paste Magazine

“The exceptional elegance of her voice mixed with the emotional ambience established by the instrumentation makes for an exquisite listen.”
— Dave Simpson, Pure M Zine

Shivers’ voice, harmonizing with another singer, swamped the venue in a sound that was emotional and authentically beautiful.
— The Deli Magazine

Mackenzie Shivers lives up to her last name as she engenders that feeling whenever listening to her music.
— Speak into My Good Eye

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