NASHVILLE, TENN. (22 October, 2021) — Today, Big Loud Records’ Country riser MacKenzie Porter releases a new song draped in whimsical sincerity, ‘Heaven Heard Me.’ The heart-warmer was co-written by Porter along with Steven Lee Olsen and David Cohen and produced by the award-winning studio ace Joey Moi. Drawing inspiration from her husband, Jake Etheridge, the newlyweds were married during the pandemic as announced exclusively by PEOPLE.
“‘Heaven Heard Me’ is a song I wrote about my husband, Jake [Etheridge],” explains Porter. “I’m a person who always feels unsettled and anxious, and Jake is the person who quiets that in me. I hope when you hear this song that it makes you think about your ‘person.’ I love writing sad songs, but sometimes you just have to write what’s right in front of you.”
‘Heaven Heard Me’ comes on the heels of ‘Unlonely Me,’ marking two of the three tracks Porter is slated to drop this year. Partnering with PEOPLE for the premiere of the “Unlonely Me” music video directed by Justin Clough, the cozy vintage theme painted quarantine-nostalgia in a light-hearted way.
The CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2021 member is currently on the BUY DIRT TOUR with Jordan Davis while her single ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ with Dustin Lynch is nearing Top 10 at US Country radio.
Porter recently collaborated with rising Pop artist Virginia to Vegas on new single ‘this sucks’ produced by Mike Wise (Ellie Goulding, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Jamie Blunt). The track tells the story of running into an ex at a party and seeing them happy with someone else, driven with a quintessential Pop beat but feels melancholy at its core. Porter is Canada’s #1 most played female voice in Country music and Baker (Virginia to Vegas) is the second most played Canadian artist at radio (behind the Weeknd), making this on-the-rise single one explosive combo.
As announced earlier today, Porter will take the stage at the 2021 CCMA Awards to perform ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ with Dustin Lynch and will vie for FOUR awards: Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, PRS Guitars Video of the Year (‘Drinkin’ Songs’) and Fans’ Choice. She was also nominated for Country Album of the Year at the 2021 JUNO Awards.
Singer-songwriter MacKenzie Porter is a rising Country talent whose sound knows no borders. Signed to Big Loud Records, Porter is surging now with headline-making “Thinking ‘Bout You” collaboration with Dustin Lynch at Country radio, plus her own DRINKIN’ SONGS: THE COLLECTION – an arsenal of two years’ worth of new music produced by Joey Moi. Since moving to Nashville in 2014 from her native Canada, she’s developed a radiant Country style which threads the needle between traditional heart and modern energy, often collaborating with songwriting mainstays like Nicolle Galyon, Craig Wiseman, Natalie Hemby, and Tommy English. Her “mesmerizing vocals and hook-driven songs” (Billboard) have sparked a list of headline-worthy accolades, including Porter’s four hard-earned 2021 CCMA Awards nominations: Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, PRS Guitars Video of the Year (“Drinkin’ Songs”) and Fans’ Choice. Porter was also nominated for Country Album of the Year at the 2021 JUNO Awards. Making her mark, Porter became the first female artist to have three back-to-back #1 singles at Canadian Country radio in 22 years with “About You,” “These Days” and “Seeing Other People” in early 2020, following Shania Twain in 1998. Porter also earned her first crossover Top 10 at Canadian Pop radio – a first since 2003 for a Canadian Country artist – with “These Days (Remix),” and joined CMT’s elite sisterhood of tastemakers and trailblazers as one of their Next Women of Country class of 2021. Her most recent releases “Unlonely Me” and “Heaven Heard Me” are out now. The Pandora 2021 Country Artist to Watch has toured extensively on her own, also sharing stages with Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Chris Lane, Blake Shelton, Dallas Smith, and currently Jordan Davis and co-starred in the Netflix series, Travelers.