The Meg Mackey Band Live in Concert
Thursday October 25th, 2012; 6:30pm
Seward High School Theater
$12 General Admission/$10 SAC Members
For More Info: Mark 224-9046
Meg Mackey played her first Seward Music and Arts Festival last year and was an instant hit with fans. After missing a booking onstage this year because conflicting gigs, SAC would like to give Meg and the Meg Mackey Band a chance to play this fall. Meg’s musical world has blown up since the release of her CD “Eat Your Heart Out”. She has a busy performance schedule both in and out of state. Her song “Heaven Explodes” took the award in the Indie category as well as the Judges’ Choice Award in the 2012 AK Song of the Year Contest. She is accompanied by three top notch musicians: Marty Severin, James Glaves, and James Dommek Jr. You’ve seen some of these cats in projects like the Jack River Kings, and Ghost Hands (SMAF 2012).
“i’ve been in alaska since i was 7 years old, so it is and always will be home.” that’s the reply you’ll be getting if you ask singer/songwriter meg mackey where her heart resides. the anchorage transplant was born into a military home in guam in 1984. she’s been on the move since, gathering inspiration that would later transform itself into brilliant songwriting.
thanks to her military brat lifestyle as well as the early influence of a predominately hispanic and african american dominated church congregation, she picked up on the essentials that have made her the powerful vocalist she is today. says mackey: “i never really sang in church, i was always the shy kid keeping to myself. but i still listened and learned a lot of singing and the passion behind it. the inspiration came from watching people come together that otherwise would not through the power of song.”
after a move to palmer, ak, in the fall of 1991, nine-year-old mackey became involved in dog mushing. needless to say, mackey soon became enraptured with the outdoors and the untamed alaskan wilderness. “working in the alaska wilderness will change a person’s outlook on what really matters in all of this,” mackey says. the singer ventured forth to different environments during her youth and twenties, ice fields and glaciers included . while working on the juneau ice fields in 2006 mackey began to write the songs for what will be her first full-length album, eat your heart out. the album promises to have widespread appeal with plenty of thought-evoking material. “the lyrics were written in places that overwhelmed past the point of speaking, so music became the way i communicated the emotion i was feeling. i think a lot of artists would empathize with that,” mackey explains.
after being in juneau for 5 years, mackey has made the move back to anchorage to pursue music full-time. following the studio time for eat your heart out, local musicians james dommek jr. (drummer/vocals/keys), marty severin (bass guitar/vocals) and james glaves (vocals/lead guitar/drums/keys) became part of the meg mackey package. with the mutual goal of creating shows that move people and take them to a near spiritual level, the meg mackey band is taking anchorage by storm. her songs, reminiscent of rainfall in juneau, campfires in the wrangell mountains, the beaches of south texas, and sunsets of mexico, mackey is clearly here to stay.