With a raspy, warm voice and songwriting inspired by Atlantic Canadian folklore, Mike McKenna Jr is a singer-songwriter from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, who has captured the attention listeners in his native Maritimes, his current home in Montreal and around the North American folk music community.
With a distinct and dynamic vocal style inspired by the smooth, easy-listening tones of James Taylor and the raw, powerful grit of Ray Lamontagne, his haunting and authentic tales of tragedy and adventure offer a contemporary nod to the nautical-themed songs of his home province, and a revival of a formerly traditional genre made popular by Canadian folk legends such as Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot.
Funded by FACTOR Canada 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 (2017) 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