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Mackenzie Porter earns CCMA Female Artist of the Year nomination

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Irvine native Mackenzie Porter, seen here performing in Medicine Hat last fall at a fundraiser for the 2016 Alberta Winter Games, has been nominated for the CCMA's Female Artist of the Year award. Irvine native Mackenzie Porter, seen here performing in Medicine Hat last fall at a fundraiser for the 2016 Alberta Winter Games, has been nominated for the CCMA's Female Artist of the Year award. Southern Alberta Newspapers photo by Charles Lefebvre

Mackenzie Porter continues to split her time between acting and singing and finding success with both.


Porter, who was raised on a ranch near Irvine, most recently learned she is on the list of nominees for Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards again this year. This isn’t the first time she has been nominated for her efforts in country music.
“It feels good,” says Porter, about her Female Artist of the Year nomination, a spot she’s been in the last two years. “The other four girls (nominated) are some really good friends. It’s good to be in the crowd. They are all awesomely talented and sweet girls.”
Other nominees for the honour include Lindsay Ell, Kira Isabella, Madeline Merlo and Jess Moskaluke.
Porter will be in the audience for the awards ceremony in September and it will be a good chance to reconnect with some people in the Canadian country scene. She likely won’t stay long though, as she is working hard on writing and recording heading into the fall so she can release some new music.
With less than a half dozen singles released so far, and the fact it’s been more than a year since she last released any new music, Porter is aware that people have been asking to hear some new sounds.
“I’m taking my time,” she says when it comes to the music side of her career. “I switched some people on my team and I have a new producer. I’ve been writing a lot and switching up my sound a lot. It’s still country, but it’s more me.”
When working on her music, Porter spends the majority of her time in Nashville. She finds being immersed in the musical city is beneficial to her craft.
“You can’t beat the quality of the writers and the musicians down here,” she adds.
Her music career was put on the backburner the past five months as she worked on her next television project. She is one of the lead characters in the Netflix series Travellers, set to be released this fall. It is a 12-episode science fiction drama.
Even though it has yet to be released for public consumption, Porter is anxiously waiting to see if there will be a second season. She is hopeful there will be.
“The cast is so good and they’re really nice people. I hope it gets picked up again.”
Porter isn’t planning to audition for any more film or television roles right now, instead focusing on her musical aspirations. She plans to release her first album early next year.
She had a short break between ending filming for Travellers and heading home to Nashville, by driving from Vancouver to Irvine to visit with family. Getting home when she can is always good for her soul.
Porter knows one day she may have to choose between her two great loves — acting and music — if she wants to really excel in one, but for now she is enjoying the benefits of being involved in both worlds.

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