New Music Friday: ‘Pickup’ MacKenzie Porter

New Music Friday: ‘Pickup’ MacKenzie Porter

Flashback Anthem Follows Grand Ole Opry Debut, While ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ Hits Top 5

Touring With Jordan Davis In December, Walker Hayes In 2022

Credit: Bree Marie Fish 

NASHVILLE, TENN. (19 November, 2021) — After her Grand Ole Opry debut last Friday (12 Nov), MacKenzie Porter’s infectious new anthem, ‘Pickup,’ is out now and available everywhere.

Co-written by the emerging Big Loud Records star with Will Bundy and Lydia Vaughan, the track finds Porter looking in the romantic rearview: flashing back to a bench seat and her first love, wondering what might have been if not for a fork in the road.

Produced by Joey Moi, the song features a bright, open-road feel, a rush of lush vocals and a hooky, modern-timeless presentation, as her mind and heart race with full-throttle nostalgia.

“I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited to release a song,” says Porter. “Since the day we wrote ‘Pickup,’ it has felt like a really special song. The writers room had something magical that day and I hope you sing this at the top of your lungs about the person you miss the most.”


As her career ignites, Porter also made her late-night TV debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 10 November, performing her hit collaboration with Dustin Lynch, ‘Thinking ‘Bout You.’ And she’ll deliver the power duet again with Lynch for the Canadian broadcast debut performance at the CCMA Awards on 29 November, where the Canadian native is up for four awards – Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, PRS Guitars Video of the Year (‘Drinkin’ Songs’) and Fans’ Choice.

As ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ is rising through the Top 5 on at Country radio, Porter is readying to return to the road. She’ll be featured on Jordan Davis’ BUY DIRT TOUR through December before joining Walker Hayes’ FANCY LIKE TOUR next year.


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 YearPRS 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.