Country music sprinkled with a dash of R&B and Hip-Hop…..Ever heard of that!? Maybe not, but there is a new country music sheriff in town and he goes by the name Kevin MaC! Meet the man behind this new style of Country music destined to make an impression in the Country music industry! And he is right here in Virginia!!!
Before a single note leaves his lips or one chord is strummed from his acoustic guitar, Kevin Mac convinces you to love him. His style is refreshing and honest. His words speak of love, heartache, happiness, and appreciating the small things while his fingers confirm that each song tells a story of the life he’s lived by way of his guitar. Kevin has opened for industry heavy hitters Martina McBride, Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley and has gotten a nod from Kenney Chesney, who he also opened up for in some 2008 concerts. Kevin has also played for and impressed heavy hitters in different musical genres such as Pharrell Williams and Timbaland, who both are excited to lend a helping hand in Kevin’s in musical journey. Kevin is now in the Studio with Music Legend Teddy Riley, working on some songs for Kevin’s Album entitled “Southern Swag.”
Born in King George County, VA, Mac was bred on country/bluegrass music and raised in the church. He began his career as a radio personality and deejay in Virginia, which led to opportunities for him to perform.
Spending time with Kevin MaC in a one on one interview offers a wonderful insight into his passion for country music and undeniable presence in the industry.
Who is Kevin Mac?
Kevin MaC is a Country Music Artist who lives/eats/breaths music. I appreciate all types of music and a “serious artist” who writes, and performs their music to make an audience listening believe what their music is saying. Amazing Music makes people get away from reality and that’s what Kevin MaC’s goal in his musical journey is, to make people feel good, even if it is only for a 3 min song. I write/perform/play all my music and believe in working my music in the small bars/clubs for common hardworking people is just as important as when i play my music in the coliseums, as an unsigned artist I play both.
How would you describe your music? And do you write your own music?
My music is acoustic rooted with heavy bouncy drum and bass section. I like the idea of fiddles, banjos, mandolins and all sorts of bluegrass instruments being mixed with a hip-hop drum machine to make country music that is different. I write and own all my music.
You are crossing boundaries in Country music by collaborating with various artists and producers of other genres. Tell us about some of your projects.
I am re-doing “no diggity” with Teddy Riley (country version)…. Working on some records with industry producer, Bink and other heavy hitters in the hip-hop industry who are on the Kevin MaC team. Every person helping me with my music is not even in the country music genre. I can play country music “old/new/bluegrass” till the cows come home, different styles/genres and sounds attract me towards new projects. I have SOOOOO much respect for country music, it’s my life. I’m just trying to be creative.
Who are your musical influences?
Guys like Eric Church/Keith Urban/ Brad Paisley/ Vince Gill = country artist who Write/Play guitars/Sing all their own songs……Pharrell Williams/ Timbaland= Guys who work with everyone to stay creative and always show the love of their craft. REAL artists Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis and all the other outlaw artists who people looked at like they were crazy because they did things outside of the box. People who stay in the box make records, people who step out of the box make history.
What artists do you want to work with in the future?
Chris Brown, Jordan Sparks, Jason Mraz, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Jack Johnson, Miley Cyrus, Eric Church
What has been your biggest challenge as a rising artist?
Just always remember if you are an artist “talk is cheap;” people saying they are going to do something and they don’t do it. I’m a country boy, and when I say I will do something I stick to my word. Some people in this industry act like they can make moves, but they don’t. I don’t play music for anyone but myself, God, and the people who want to hear it. I ain’t trying to shove my music down peoples throat, If people wanna hear my music and are drawn to it, those are the people who make me say at the end of the show “this is why I play music” for people who tell me it makes their day, they love one of my songs for this reason. Isn’t that why people listen to different artists? Music is not a fad, it’s life.
“Always remember why you started playing music in the first place. Cause its fun” -Kevin MaC
Where can fans see your performance?
I play at Saddleridge in Hampton, VA every Friday and Saturday from 6-9pm and I have a big show at the Hampton Coliseum on Jan 29th, 2011.
Where can fans access your music?
Last, but not least, What would you do if you knew that you would never fail?
Same thing I am doing now, playing the music I love and thanking Jesus everyday for the gift he gave me.