Mackenzie Shivers - "4th of July" (audio) (Premiere)

by Brice Ezell

1 July 2014

Just in the time for the national holiday this week, PopMatters has the premiere of singer/songwriter Mackenzie Shivers' new song, the piano ballad "4th of July".

With the 4th of July coming in the next few days, there is no better time to spin “4th of July”, the new track by the New York City-based singer/songwriter Mackenzie Shivers. After graduating from Vanderbilt University‚Äôs Blair School of Music with a degree in music composition and theory, Shivers’ talents as a songwriter only grew, as evidenced by the delicate songwriting on this track. The gospel-inflected piano chords create a reflective mood that becomes all the more significant when one takes the song’s inspiration into account.
Shivers describes this influence: “I wrote this song when my sister moved to California, and we were figuring out the next time we would be able to see each other. Musically, I was listening to Elton John‘s new album at the time, so I was definitely influenced by his sound.”

Shivers’ new studio record, Shivers, will be released later this year.

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