Paris based musician Mackenzie Leighton invites us into her indie-folk universe with her tender voice and delicate yet vibrant guitar work.
Originally from Maine in the Northeastern United States, she was trained in classical piano as a child and eventually taught herself guitar and began songwriting, playing other instruments like the flute and the trumpet along the way. In 2017, she released a folk album with the duo Mizuna and played keyboard for the classic rock and disco group Strange Loops in New York City.
She released her solo self-titled EP in December 2017 after moving to Paris and played her first solo tour in Italy in October 2018. She continues to make a name for herself in France, playing on numerous Parisian stages and opening for notable acts like Lucy Dacus, Jordan Mackampa, and Hannah Cohen. In 2020, she signed with the independent French label Poésie Poésie for her mini-album "Tourist(e)".
Her style has been compared to that of Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker, and Australian media Savage Thrills notes that "Mackenzie Leighton is what Indie Folk music has been waiting for, for decades. Listening to her music is a shelter."