After less than a year in Nashville, singer-songwriter McKenzie Lockhart made her way back to Florence, Alabama, ten minutes away from her hometown of Muscle Shoals.
“I thought moving was what I had to do to really ‘make it,’ but I was absolutely miserable,” says Lockhart. “I missed my small town. I missed my church, my family. I missed home.”
The return home came with a new passion for the creative community that has been cultivated in Florence, as well as the motivation to make music on her own terms. This newfound motivation resulted in her second EP, Suburbs, which released February 23, 2018. It’s music (and words) that prove the true strength of her simplistic yet poignant style.
The new EP, an ever-growing touring schedule, and accolades such as an official showcase at Americanafest 2018 are the latest signs of her arrival.
“My friends moved up to Nashville about the time I moved home, so my acceptance of what was home for me came with insecurities. For me, I think at least for a long while, Florence is it. I still have friends who are thriving in Music City and it's a thrill to cheer them on from our hometown as those of us here carve our own path.”
What a bold, compelling path it is.