NEW MINI ALBUM GETS UNDER WAY
Jodie McKay has begun work on her debut E.P. (extended play) mini album. It's been a long time in the planning stages due to her commitments to other projects, including her role as June Carter in the theatre production, Johnny Cash Revisited with Rick McKay. While the show is currently off the road, Jodie is using her time to write and record some new songs for her album.
On 11th May 2017, Jodie appeared at The Dancing Dog with The Hayley Oliver Band as support to Joni Harms. Joni, who is probably best known for her hit song West Texas Waltz, was very complimentary about Jodie's performance.
THE OLD SCHOOL HALL, EAST FARLEIGH
A recent performance by Jodie McKay at The Old School Hall in East Farleigh, Maidstone on May 6th 2017 earned her some great reviews. She was appearing as the special guest of Nashville based SaraBeth and Glen Mitchell, Jodie's brother. Event organiser, Michael Cracknell has since contacted Jodie with regard to having her appear at the venue again in the not too distant future.
THE BLUEBIRD SESSIONS
27th March 2017 saw Jodie performing at The Institute, Kelvedon, Essex, which plays host to bi-monthly songwriter nights, featuring up and coming writers from all around the UK. Local singer/songwriter Amy Westeney began organising "The Bluebird Sessions" a couple of years ago, inspired by the legendary Nashville venue "The Bluebird Cafe", which has been the launching pad for many successful country artists, including Garth Brooks. Jodie debuted her latest composition In Love With Loving You to a great response, despite telling the audience that the song might "sound ropey", having only been written the day before. This was Jodie's second time at The Bluebird Sessions, having previously appeared on 25th September 2016.
Jodie often refers to Hayley Oliver as one of her favourite singers and so getting a chance to sing with her was an opportunity she welcomed. Although not an official member of Hayley's band, Jodie has made guest appearances at a couple of shows, whenever they are playing locally. Hayley and Jodie met and became friends in 2013, and Hayley was later part of Jodie's "birthday recording session" in 2014 at The Shack recording studio in Rettenden. In November 2016, Hayley contacted Jodie and asked if she could record one of Jodie's songs, which Jodie considered a big honour. The song she chose was When We Were Young and Hayley arrived with the song learned and wasted no time in recording a beautiful rendition, which also marked the first time that anyone other than Jodie had sung one of her songs.
DAWSON REIGNS RADIO SESSION
On March 14th 2017 Canadian country singer Dawson Reigns performed on BBC Essex during his UK tour. Guitarist, Luke Thomas put together a band of UK musicians to back Dawson and also invited Jodie McKay to sing backing vocals on the live radio session in Chelmsford.
BUCKLES AND BOOTS
Nashville recording Artist, SaraBeth came to the UK for a short tour, which included an appearance at Buckles and Boots country music festival on October 5th. Jodie's brother Glen Mitchell pulled together members of his old band, which included Jodie on acoustic guitar and vocals, Andy Frost on drums, Gary Bennett on Bass, with Lee Hodgson and Glen himself playing lead guitar. Jodie perform on both SaraBeth and Glen's sets, before headline act Ward Thomas took to the stage.
THE BORDERLINE, LONDON
The Borderline in London is a venue that boasts much history and respect, having featured some of the greatest performers in music history. Jodie was able to tick off a big item on her bucket list when she appeared there on August 5th 2016.
JODIE'S TAMMY TRIBUTE
It is no secret to anyone who knows Jodie, or who has seen her perform, that her all time favourite singer is Tammy Wynette so, when asked if she would like to pay tribute to her idol at two of the UK's biggest country music events, she jumped at the chance. On 17th July 2016 Jodie played a one hour set featuring Tammy's biggest hits at Welshpool Country Music Festival. The reaction she got from the audience immediately led to her being asked to repeat her show at The Malvern Motorhome Show, which she did on September 3rd 2016. Unlike many tribute artistes, Jodie chose to present her show as herself, telling stories about Tammy and the inspiration behind her songs, and also what the songs in turn had meant to Jodie personally.