Bio

“An authentic, golden, raspy voice that sings comfortably over folk-driven rhythmic guitar lines... ...His personal, nostalgic lyrics are wonderfully descriptive giving his music a relatable and also gorgeously humble tone.”— Spotify

With grit and power in his voice and a unique authenticity in his stories, Mike McKenna Jr is a soulful singer-songwriter from Cape Breton Island who has captivated listeners on the Montreal music scene, in his native Maritimes and around the North American folk community. His tales of modern heartbreak and tragic sea voyages are a throwback to the nautical-themed traditional songs of his home province of Nova Scotia, and a revival of a rare style made popular by Canadians like Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot. 

Funded by FACTOR and the Canada Council of the Arts, and produced by CFMA nominated and two time Felix award-winner Simon Marion (Les Poules à Colin, Vishten), Mike's newest release and first full length album Pacific Northwest Bound offers listeners a chance to hear songs ranging from dark and dusted-off Maritime shanties to modern indie-folk anthems, to acoustic neo-soul jams, all of which bear a continuous, historical storytelling element.

The album is now available on all platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Bandcamp and Soundcloud!

*Hear Pacific Northwest Bound featured on curated playlists below:

Spotify - Currents: Contemporary Folk

Hearth Music - Best Celtic Music of 2017

Music Nova Scotia - ECMA 2017

Canada 150 Music - Canadian Artists