Events by EventfulMark McKinney
Mark McKinney likes to keep the people guessing.
Considered by Texas music fans to be a powerhouse of an entertainer, McKinney’s wide range of musical influences are clearly evident in his highly original songs- and range from emotion and lyric rich Americana songs, rowdy Country drinking anthems to delicately crafted love songs.
A west Texas native, he moved to Austin, Texas in the 90s and has since been quite comfortable living in the live music capitol of the world. In the summer of 2006, Mark released his first solo album, “Get It On” and began touring with Texas country hell-raiser Kevin Fowler.
Anyone who has ever been to a Mark McKinney show knows that he delivers a high-powered, energetic live performance centered around crowd favorites like “Bonfire” and “Drink Too Much” that can work a rowdy, honky-tonkin crowd. But his studio albums will surprise you. Ballads such as “Long Night Coming On,” and “Sleeping Alone Tonight,” from his “Middle America” album and “Warm With You” off of his latest studio album, “Home,” offer honest and personal lyrics, and show a deeper side to his songwriting. Mark snagged his first Number One spot on the Texas Music Chart and TRRR in early 2013 with “She Ain’t Leavin’,” the deubt single off of his latest album, “Standing My Ground.” Later that year, the second single from the album, “Stolen Cash,” made its way up to Number Three on the charts.
Touring constantly since 2006, Mark has delivered over 160 memorable performances every single year to his growing Texas and national fan base. To his credit, Mark has penned co-writes with Grammy-nominated songwriters John Mabe and James Slater, as well as renowned Texas songwriters Kevin Fowler, Larry Joe Taylor, and Kyle Park. Newcomer to the Texas music scene, Brian Burke, recently released his latest single “Close,” a light-hearted love song, co-written with McKinney that has spent 8 weeks on the Texas Music Chart since its radio debut in the spring of 2012. McKinney has also gained national recognition by having several songs licensed and used by ESPN and NASCAR.