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Daily Inspiration: Meet Macy Addis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Macy Addis.

Hi Macy, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was born in the small town of Portsmouth, Ohio. I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t singing. From the early age of two, I would sing and put on shows for my family, friends, and neighbors. (Our home videos are pretty entertaining).

Whether I was in the backyard or at the grocery store, my parents could always find me because they could hear me singing. I started out singing at church and auditioning for every choir solo. My first big solo was with my 4th-grade elementary choir.

At that show, my family and teacher realized how comfortable I was performing in front of large crowds! At the age of 15, I was invited to the O’Keefe Music Foundation, where I was able to record and film music videos with musical prodigies from all over America. It was at that foundation that I really started focusing on strengthening my voice.

At the age of 16, I got my first guitar, practiced religiously, and started playing live with the band BUSKIN’ BLUE, my own rock band MACY ADDIS AND THE NERVE, as well as solo gigs. By my Junior year of high school, I was playing 3-4 (sometimes 5) days a week all over the Cincinnati area. In March of 2020, like with many musicians, covid halted all of my shows. During this time, I focused on writing my own music.

I graduated high school in 2020 and moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. In my first year at Belmont, I played some shows in Nashville, but covid still interfered with a lot of live music opportunities so I continued to put my efforts towards songwriting. I released my first single, “Patiently Waiting” in February of 2021.

Currently, I am living in Nashville, writing and playing music solo and with my band BACKHAND BLUE. I am happy to say I have started booking many shows for the upcoming year and have an EP coming out with BACKHAND BLUE as well as releasing an album of my own!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. I’ve been rejected, I’ve been told no, I’ve been told “you’re too young” and “you’re too old” and “You can’t sing this song because you’re a girl.”

But the one comment that gets me the most (and I surprisingly get the most) is, “a girl like you should sing country because you don’t fit in the “rock ‘n roll lifestyle.” Maybe I don’t fit someone’s stereotype, but for me, it’s about the music and helping people with my music in any way I can.

Achieving a dream is like anything in life, it’s not going to be handed to you on a silver platter. You just have to work through the rough times, write a song about them, and keep going!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I actually really enjoy traveling to different locations to play music! Recently I’ve been able to visit different places I never would’ve been able to if it weren’t for music! As of right now I have shows booked in Tennessee, Florida, Ohio, and South Dakota! So I am super excited!

Also, The people I’ve met because of music, I believe, deserve a shout out. I have met some of the kindest, most genuine, loving and supportive people on my music journey who I now consider my friends! We call ourselves “Table 13” and I am so thankful for all of those people!

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
People can find me on all streaming platforms, as well as Instagram, YouTube, Tiktok, Facebook, etc.

All of those links can be found through my website www.macyaddis.com where you can also contact me or email me at macyaddis@gmail.com!

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