Mac Powell, front man of the multi-platinum selling, four-time GRAMMY and American Music Award winning rock band Third Day, released his self-titled debut country music album in 2012. The CD features twelve songs by the #1 hit songwriter including his first single, "June Bug."
His solo country performance debut at the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Nashville resulted in a host of media and fan accolades. Of his song, "One Mississippi," USA Today's Lucas Hendrickson writes, "Note to country radio programmers: keep an ear out for 'One Mississippi.' And keep a spoon handy, for you will be eating this song up with it."
"I grew up listening to country music," Powell tells Billboard. "It was a big part of shaping me musically and I think that's pretty evident in Third Day music. There's always been little tinge of it."
To help further shape the sound he was looking for, Powell worked with producer Jason Hoard who has been touring with Third Day since 2010. Hoard, a multi-instrumentalist, played banjo and mandolin on the album and also contributed to the songwriting credits along with famed tunesmith Brett James ("Jesus Take The Wheel," "Love You Out Loud," "Out Last Night," "When The Sun Goes Down").
"I started writing with Brett. He was really the first step," says Powell in his Billboard interview. "We just hit it off really well and came up with a lot of ideas in a short amount of time, and then Jason worked on a few of those ideas as well. We started recording them and it just started feeling great.
"There have been so many times in the past that I had song ideas that didn't really fit lyrically or musically with Third Day," Powell wrote on his personal Tumblr site, announcing the project. "I filed those songs away to the 'maybe sometime' category. Well, that time is now."
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Great Country Album| Posted December 04, 2012
It's about time Mac Powell put out a country album :) You'll have this playing over and over and over again. My favorite song is Mississippi. Hope he comes out with a follow up album someday. His southern vocals are perfect for this album and music genre.