When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me." -- McKayla Reece
Currently working with representatives in Nashville, McKayla recently recorded two original songs written by the late, great Harlan Howard.
As of June 4, 2011, McKayla was proclaimed the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Ambassador for Central Georgia (Chapter 33) and South Carolina (Chapter 40). McKayla now serves as the state DAV Ambassador/Sweetheart for both Georgia and South Carolina, and hopes to become its National Ambassador.
Recently in New Orleans Mckayla's rendition of the national anthem kicked off the festivities for the 2011 National Disabled American Veterans Convention. She also took the stage with headliner Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. A highlight for the exuberant young lass was her attendance at private dinners with DAV high-ranking committee and cabinet members from Washington, DC (See Page 14 of the national DAV Magazine).
This dynamic, versatile, young singer hails from the mountains of Western North Carolina with South Carolina roots. Her child-like innocence, teamed with powerful vocals, easily captures the hearts of all ages. She has been compared to the late Patsy Cline with her unique tone and ability.
McKayla Reece was born in 1999 in Haywood County, North Carolina, and sang her first song in church two years later. By the age of eight, she was singing in a nearby variety show called Carolina Nights in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, and appeared at the Grand Ole Opry Studio A with Mike Snider at the age of ten. She has since appeared with the legendary Carter Family at the Carter Family Fold, the Blackwood Brothers, The Inspirations, Lulu Roman, Brett James and others. Additionally, McKayla has appeared on television programs on Country Music Television (CMT) and several local programs in the Carolinas and Tennessee. For several years she has performed at the East Coast World Championship Rodeo, the Western North Carolina State Fair and various county and city festivals.
Nashville appearances include the Grand Ole Opry, Hall Of Fame, Nashville Palace, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, the General Jackson Showboat, the Wild Horse Saloon, Rudi’s, John A’s, and The Stage, etc.
Her wide vocal range allows her to perform songs in a variety of genres, including Southern Gospel, Country, Jazz and Pop. She recently performed at the Colgate Country Showdown - local, state, and southeast regionals.
Recently McKayla was the headliner for the Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs 98th Annual Convention and was presented with Friend of the Fair Award.
Currently an A honor roll student, McKayla works daily on her voice, training in the past with Jan Smith of Atlanta whose client list includes Justin Bieber, Usher, The Band Perry and many more famous artists. She is currently working in-studio on her first album.
Mckayla performed at the famed Big Spring Jam along with legends such as Alan Jackson, Josh Turner and the hot, new Thompson Square duo. Mckayla created such a buzz at the jam that she was given an exclusive interview with Ellis Eskew for Fox 54 News. Quite a coup for a 12 year-old!
In February 2012 Mackayla hopes to be at the DAV Mid-Winter Conference, opening once again with our national anthem -- just one of many "big things" just around the corner for McKayla (See article on the Alabama DAV site).
Mckayla wants to thank her fans and the Disabled American Veterans for their continued support.
Check out Mckayla's store for limited edition DAV merchandise. A $1 donation for each item sold goes to the DAV.