McKenzie Parker

She began her career working in various retail stores as a manager while pursuing her dream to work in the music industry. In February of 2018, she joined the NSAI team as a Receptionist and worked her way up to Chapter Director. McKenzie is passionate about music on all levels and has a background in songwriting. When she was 20 she decided to pursue a more business-oriented career because her love for helping others outweighed her need to write and perform. You can typically find her at a show or writer round enjoying the sounds of local bands, songwriters, and artists.

 

Hometown? 

Hendersonville, TN

 

What made you fall in love with music?

I can’t remember a time I wasn’t obsessed with music. Since I was very young I would always sing and perform in front of family members. Once, I was in middle school I started playing the clarinet, and then from there I picked up the guitar and continued to sing. Ultimately, music is a universal language, it evokes change, passion, and creativity. 

 

Best concert you have ever been to?

I had the opportunity to see Bon Iver, I really respect the music Justin Vernon writes and I enjoy how inventive the sounds are that the band produces.

 

What genre of music do you listen to the most?

 I love all genres. Some of my personal favorites are jazz, classical, and rock. I also listen to a lot of French pop and K-pop.

Who’s your favorite artist/band?

Oh goodness! There are so many! Some of my favorite artists include The Rolling Stones, Bon Iver José Gabriel González, The Punch Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Stevie Nix, BTS, Sufjan Stevens and so many more. I could go on for days. I can't seem to stop consuming music. 

 

What drew you to NSAI? 

I was drawn to NSAI because the staff was extremely nice and helpful, but also for what we do for songwriters.

 

Favorite Nashville restaurant?

Chagos is by far my favorite restaurant in Nashville. They have wonderful gluten-free options and I love a decent marg!!