Born in Maine, and raised in Montreal,
MacKenzie has crossed borders both internationally and musically, through The Beatles, Bowie, Jimmy Page, Big Thief and Ghostland Observatory.
Early on in life MacKenzie was turned on by Americana folk legend John Prine, noticed his name in parentheses in the liner notes, and when he realized that was the writer, decided that's what he wanted to be: “The guy in parentheses.”
As a Mi'kmaq Native, he takes a certain pride in watching the spotlight finally shine on the pioneering and pivotal role played by Native musicians in the history of rock and roll.
In “Send Down Your Love” burns the flame of the outsider, smoldering in the lyrics and the approach. However, Three O'Clock Train is just the vehicle. The engine is Mack MacKenzie's songwriting, descending from a tradition that embraces the weight of Robbie Robertson, the insight of Neil Young and the authority of Johnny Cash.
Aside from songwriting, Mack's extensive compositional work for Canada's National Film Board has won him praise and a solid reputation in that genre. Working with a vengeance as a songwriter with a legacy and a future, he has recently been recording with famed Canadian producer Bob Rock, and will soon be going into the studio with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire).