NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music singer-songwriter Makenzie Phipps is excited to announce the acoustic video for her rendition of Lacy J. Dalton’s timeless hit, “16th Avenue.” Premiered by American Songwriter, Phipps’ acoustic performance honors Dalton’s contribution to country music and coincides with the 40th Anniversary of its original release. Phipps recently released her current single “Drag” which was premiered by People.com and the acoustic video was premiered by Cowboys & Indians. With a combination of country and blues, Phipps’ unique vocal ability and song delivery offers a modern beat while showcasing a relationship that may not be ideal, yet it’s like a habit you just can’t kick. “Drag” was written by Cassidy Lynn Alexander, Dan Wilson, and Paul Bogart, and produced by Sal Oliveri (Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban).
“I am so glad that we were able to make this happen,” shares Phipps. “I think it’s beautiful to combine both a classic and modern rendition of a song for many age groups to enjoy. Lacy J. Dalton is a one-of-a-kind individual and I’m so lucky that I’ve gotten the chance to know her!”
“This is such a great song. The original street doesn’t exist in Nashville anymore, but it’s where many young singers and songwriters went to peddle their wares,” shares Dalton. “Everyone thinks “16th Avenue” is in their town, but it’s actually a state of mind, like following the yellow brick road to find the pot of gold. I felt so grateful that Thom Schuyler (a great American songwriter himself), who wrote the song and actually lived it, let me be the one to usher it into the world the first time. It’s now time for it to have a new sound and be re-introduced into the world, and I give it and Makenzie, and any young person with aspirations in the music business, my greatest blessing.”
Phipps is consistent when releasing acoustic covers throughout the week on social media. Recently, Makenzie along with the help of guitarist, Shane Begley, recorded a cover of Alan Jackson’s “I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You”. The video started to gain momentum after two days and had been viewed 30,000 times. Then, like lightning, the video took off and has been viewed over 1 million times and over 10,000 shares! It has now had over 1.6 million views. In total, Makenzie Phipps’ acoustic videos have been viewed over 14 million times! She also released on social media a special collaboration with the legendary Gordon Mote for a cover of his classic hit, “Mercy Walked In”. Her latest video for, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” is a collaboration with newcomers Monroeville that continues to grow daily.
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Makenzie has landed features on Country Rebel, I Love Country Music, Classic Country Music, Addicted 2 Country Music, The Country Network, Center Stage Magazine, People.com, Newsmax, LifeMinuteTV, American Songwriter, and more. Her connection to her fans is stronger than ever, and she constantly interacts with them on social media. She has received awards such as “Female Country Song of the Year” at the 2021 Josie Music Awards and a Songwriter Achievement Award in 2022. She was named “Future Star of Tomorrow” by the North American Country Music Association International as well. Her beautiful renditions of “Amazing Grace” and “Travelin’ Soldier” have over 2 million combined views on Facebook and only continue to grow daily.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
MAR 03 – Ole No. 3 / Pocahontas, Va.
MAR 04 – Kernersville Brewing / Kernersville, N.C.
MAR 10 – Fincastle Country Club / Bluefield, Va.
MAR 11 – The Railway Depot / Richlands, Va.
MAR 17 – Seven Sisters Brewery / Wytheville, Va.
MAR 18 – Rider’s Paradise / Herndon, W. Va.
MAR 24 – Coaltown Taps / Richlands, Va.
MAR 25 – Creek Bottom Brewery / Galax, Va.
MAR 26 – The Railyard / Bluefield, W. Va.
MAR 31 – 7 Dogs Brewery / Wytheville, Va.
APR 01 – Rider’s Paradise / Herndon, W. Va.
APR 07 – Ole No. 3 / Pocahontas, Va.
APR 08 – Softails Bar / Webster Springs, W. Va.
APR 14 – The Rusted Musket / Mullens, W. Va.
APR 15 – Great Wagon / Charlotte, N.C.
APR 21 – Rider’s Paradise / Herndon, Va.
APR 22 – The Mason Jar / Dublin, Va.
APR 29 – Hardware Hills / Scottsville, Va
APR 30 – The Railyard / Bluefield, W. Va.
MAY 05 – Softails Bar / Webster Springs, W. Va.
MAY 06 – Sutton Moose Lodge / Sutton, W. Va.
MAY 12 – Coaltown Taps / Richlands, Va.
MAY 13 – Eclipse Company Store / The Plains, Ohio
MAY 19 – Ole No. 3 / Pocahontas, Va.
MAY 20 – Doug’s Vault / Albany, Ohio
MAY 27 – Rider’s Paradise/ Herndon, W. Va.
MAY 28 – Rockhouse Marina / Dublin, Va.
JUL 07 – Private Event / Tazewell, Va.
JUL 08 – High Meadows Gold and Country Clud / Roaring Gap, N.C.
JUL 09 – Rock House Marina / Dublin, Va.
SEP 15 – Private Event / Bramwell, W. Va.
SEP 16 – Kirkwood Winery Festival / Summersville, W. Va.
Find out more about Makenzie Phipps on her website: https://www.makenziephipps.com