McKenna Bray is an Americana singer-songwriter born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She has a sweet, soulful voice reminiscent of Linda Ronstadt and Alison Krauss.
Her full length album released under Madjack Records, “Once In A Blue Moon,” was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN. Produced by Susan Marshall (Lucinda Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Primal Scream), engineered by Jeff Powell (Afghan Whigs, St. Paul & The Broken Bones) and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price).
Already creating a local following, Bray’s album received a notable mention in the Commercial Appeal for local album of the year as well as stating that Bray “has become one of the bright new stars on the local music scene over the past year.” Her music video for her single, “The Way I Loved You” received 6th place from Memphis Flyer’s Memphis music video of the year. Alex Greene from Memphis Flyer states, “There are many Americana singers in Tennessee. It almost seems unfair to put an artist in a box… In the case of McKenna Bray, it almost does her a disservice… There are so many surprises in the songwriting, it defies any label that might suggest the Carter Family or simple folk strumming.” Lastly, The Tour Collierville Magazine, shares, “With a sound somewhere in between Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves, her lyrics and voice are raw and straight from the soul.”
Bray also released a children’s book titled, “Pippa,” published by Covenant Books, with an accompanying lullaby. This story is about a young girl who plays guitar and sings healing others through music. “Pippa” is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, & covenant books.com.
Bray is on Season 10 of the Sun Studio Sessions airing all across the U.S. in 2019 on PBS. “This series features today’s best new touring artists performing live in the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. In addition to live musical performance, each artist shares personal stories behind their songs and music.” – Sun Studio Sessions