Mackenzie Nicole is Ready To Take Her Career To The Edge

She’s a unique superstar with a reaching voice and a daring personality. After the world hears Mackenzie Nicole, the world of pop will never be the same. Her personality glitters with sparkle and her music digs deep into the core of who she is as a person and as an artist. Equally inspired by Johnny Cash, Rihanna, Halsey, and The Doors, the 18-year old has been vocally trained and has been singing Opera since the age of six. Is there anything she can’t do?

A star has been born and she’s ready to take the next step in April with the release of her debut album The Edge. With this album, Nicole is ready to share who she is, and is courageously wearing her heart on her sleeve. The world can’t decide where she belongs because she already knows her place and she fits in with poised perfection.

After years of honing her craft and becoming well known through collaborations with Tech N9ne, the songstress has now assembled her own body of work and will be the first release from the Strange Main Imprint. The album itself is infectious and you will be able to hear the pop perfection in its entirety on Friday, April 13.

We at Fangirlish had the special opportunity to sit down with Mackenzie Nicole to talk about The Edge, her craft, what a day in the life looks like for her and much more. Read our conversation below and don’t forget to pick up The Edge on April 13.

FANGIRLISH: For those who have never heard of your music, which song of yours that’s already out do You think would be the proper introduction to your sound?

Mackenzie Nicole: I would say my latest release “Anxious” is very, in terms of my new album and the intensity of the beat from my background is very fitting to who I am as an artist. But the preorder track from my album called “Burn,” which you can get when you preorder the album sounds like the most of what you can expect from me in the future. 

FANGIRLISH: How has your upbringing in both hip-hop and opera shaped your sound to what it is today?

MN: As a pop artist coming from these two different backgrounds that are polar opposites of pop is definitely giving me an outsiders perspective, and gives me a couple of unique lenses for my music. Hip-hop and rap have given me a good background with the type of sounds that are spreading in the genre. 

With my classical training in Opera, I would say you have to learn the rules before you can break the rules. When it comes to singing technically correct, I know what I’m doing and I’m very good at what I do but I had to unlearn some of that and color outside of the lines in terms of pop music. But that background has given me something great to work off of. 

FANGIRLISH: You have such a wide range of influences. Which artist that influences you most would you want to emulate if you had the chance?

MN: I’ve thought about this question a lot and my answer, out of all people would be Rihanna. At this point in her career, she has released her album ANTI, and at this point, she has explored almost every genre from club and dance to reggae to rock-leaning tracks. She’s done and dabbled in a variety of genres. She’s built the foundation of her career and casting those wide nets and she’s done a great job at it. 

She’s approached her career in a brave way by building a foundation and expanding from that, which is what I’m interested in. There are so many genres that I love and this album is just the foundation that is going to build my career. I’m slowly building my resources and starting with wholesome, good and reliable music just like what Rihanna did at the beginning of her career. 

FANGIRLISH: You have a new album coming out in April. What can we expect from The Edge that we haven’t heard from you yet?

MN: The Edge has some of my most pop material yet and I was challenged to expand my horizons, and I know it’s going to be different for my audience, as it was very different for me. In terms of what I want to do after this is that I want to do a lot. I would love to put a branch between different styles of music and also introduce more of the writing that I like. The writing on this album is all co-written. It’s a very commercially viable pop album, which is something I’ve never done before. 

But my writing is very emotionally complex, which you can hear in my preorder track “Burn”. It is very abstract and poetic song, which was hundred percent written by me. I’m proud of this album but I’m also excited to expand my horizons a little more. 


FANGIRLISH: What made you decide to title the album The Edge?

MN: The CEO of our label and myself were giving a tour of Strange Music. One of the buildings were still under construction, and I ran to the very edge of the landing or drop off because there were no walls built yet. So, after witnessing those antics and going back to the studio and having an idea, the song “The Edge” was born. 

I’m a very extreme person and I tend to take everything as far as it can possibly go, which is true for me personally and professionally. Since this is my debut album, I felt like that was a very valuable thing I wanted my audience to know. It’s very true to me and very uncomfortably revealing but I hope everyone can connect with it. 

FANGIRLISH: This album seems to come from an edgy vulnerable side of you. Which songs on the album speak most to you personally? Which ones are you excited to play live?

MN: For me, this album is very vulnerable and edgy. It’s difficult to do an album like this and it was a challenge for me. The preorder track “Burn” is the most important song to me because I wrote it but in terms of the proper album, the song that speaks to me most is “Fix Me”. It’s inspired by a moment where I was in the car with my co-writer and we were arguing and I was yelling about something. He told me to calm down and I nearly wrecked the car as he said this. The argument turned from lighthearted to serious and I had to tell him that I knew I was intense and wished so much I could have calmed down but I couldn’t due to my intense personality. 

But later on, we got back to the studio and I was inspired because I have a face that appears to be sad and so often, it seems like people want to fix me, which is where the idea of the song came from. It’s essentially acknowledging something about myself, which was hard to deal with. It’s the most accurate, authentic and most ‘me’ song on the album. 

As for performing live, I’m excited to perform a song called “One More”. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to play and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. 

FANGIRLISH: What is the main message you want to convey to your listeners from this album?

MN: I think I’ll know what I intended with this album once it’s out. Ultimately, I want people to understand that I don’t do music for the world to see me, I do music to see the world. I want to understand things, and what I’ll probably get from this album is what the listener is to me, and experiencing these moments with the listener. Most people don’t have the opportunity to process their thoughts with them and respond. Some things I discuss on the album, someone else might relate to and I’ll be able to understand those emotions better because of them. I want to learn more from the listener. 

FANGIRLISH: There are so many great visuals lyric-wise on the album. What’s your favorite lyric on the album and what was the moment when it came to you and knew it had to be in a song?

MN: That is a hard question but I would have to say “If I’m not manic, I’m not fun” from a track called “Dark Side”. Essentially, the song is exactly what it sounds like and for me, it discusses issues and self-destructive behavior, which goes hand in hand with “Fix Me”. Even at my worse, if I’m not like this than who am I? Without this part of me, I don’t know who I am, which is essentially what’s so great about this song and why I love it. 

FANGIRLISH: Now that your album is finished and is coming out, what does a day in the life look for you now?

MN: I do a lot from the corporate and technical side here at the label. Usually, I wake up around 4 or 5 am, grab a coffee at the same place every day, come into work and sit in my cubicle doing desk work focusing mainly on marketing for my project, which takes up a lot of my life. Studio time and creating content for everyone here at the label is also what I have been doing, and I get to meet people and talk with people. My day ends at around 7 or 8. It is always work, but I love what I’m doing and I learn so much every day from everyone I work with, so, I can’t complain. 

Fangirlish: What are your touring plans for the year?

MN: First and foremost, I will be showing up on multiple dates on Tech N9ne’s Planet tour and I’m sure there will be many shows after that. 

For more information on Mackenzie Nicole, you can follow her on Twitter and check out her Facebook. You can preorder her album The Edge now. 

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