Although the name Jodie McKay may be new in songwriter circles, she is by no means new to the music business. She made her first appearance on stage at the age of 5 in her Father’s band, and had written her first song by the time she was 10. Jodie’s family were all big country music fans and it was her love for the genre and the heartfelt honesty of the lyrics that inspired her to write her own songs.
In an extremely varied musical career, Jodie has performed in a number of bands and shows in different roles, playing bass guitar, acoustic guitar, piano and mandolin, as well as being an accomplished harmony singer and lead vocalist. In 1994 Jodie spent some time in Philadelphia at Camp America where she worked as a music teacher for the mentally disabled. She helped put together weekly shows for them, and performed in them herself.
Jodie co-formed the multi-award winning duo Pure Country in 2002, releasing four albums and and touring all over the UK, as well as being invited to make special guest appearances at the Liberty Opry, near Houston, Texas and performing at The Stockyards in Fort Worth during Red Steagall's annual "Cowboy Gathering".
She has also taken part in theatre shows, playing bass guitar and playing the role of Trisha Yearwood in “The Thunder Rolls”, a tribute to the music and career of Garth Brooks, and she is also currently appearing as June Carter Cash in “Johnny Cash Revisited".
Although Jodie has always written her own songs, they are so personal to her that she only ever shared them among family and close friends. It is only in the last few years that she has began to perform them publicly, making solo appearances at some of the UK's most respected venues, including Gulliver’s in Manchester, The Borderline in London and The Stables in Milton Keynes, where one of her inspirations, Beth Neilsen Chapman, described her song The Colour In You as "Faultless".
Jodie McKay is fast becoming recognised as “one to watch” around the songwriter community and with audiences alike, garnering some very favourable reviews in the press and online.
Her first full album is finally nearing completion and will be released in the first half of 2020.