Mackenzie Roark is a Richmond-based singer-songwriter. Drawing inspiration from classic country, 70’s folk, and good ol’ fashioned rock and roll, she crafts poignantly introspective and authentic songs that highlight a deep fluency in the reflection on everyday life. Her lyrically rich storytelling is heavily inspired by the likes of Townes and Loretta, but is coupled with punch-in-the-gut girl power energy (a la Shania Twain and Sheryl Crow). For the past decade, Mackenzie has performed on stages all along the east coast: From Charleston to Asheville to New York City, Mackenzie has dialed in her craft by way of hundreds of performances in bars/restaurants/breweries, along with festivals and major venues. Mackenzie’s first release was in 2016, with her five-song EP, Mother Tongue. In 2019, she formed Richmond-based alt-country band, Pistol Sister, performing original material and releasing a single, “Cigarettes and TV Dinners.” After Pistol Sister disbanded, Mackenzie joined Vocal Rest Records. With their encouragement and support, Mackenzie recorded and released her first full-length album in 2022. Since the release of “Rollin’ High, Feelin’ Low,” Mackenzie has formed a dynamic backing band, The Hotpants. Her next major release will be a music video and single, scheduled for the end of 2023.