Mitzi MacDonald Bio
Mitzi was born
and raised on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Cape Breton is
known the world-over for it’s great Scottish fiddlers, and musicians
of celtic based music.
Mitzi started playing piano when she was eight years old, and was performing
on stage by eighteen. In 1979 she took the stage with “Copperwood”,
a very popular showband in eastern Canada. They toured throughout Canada,
and parts of the United States. They opened for some major artists,
and also had a featured special on Atlantic Television.
In 1985 Mitzi went solo, and headed for Nashville. She
recorded two albums of her original material, that were mostly Country.
“Teddybears Can’t Keep Me Warm”, and “Hey, It’s
the Big Time”. She won the Blueberry Hill Songwriting Contest,
in the country category, with her song, “Dangerous”.
In 1991 Mitzi finally had the Nashville offer that she
had pursued for so long. She was now married and living with her husband
and their infant son in St. Louis, Missouri, and realized that her priorities
had changed. She decided to decline the offer, for she knew her songwriting
and her life were pulling her in a different direction.
Mitzi performed for a number of years, all around the
St. Louis area. She played piano and sang in bars, restaurants and hotel
lounges. She loved the intimate relationship between herself and the
audience. Always, her listeners were drawn to her original music, which
was so much about life…hers and theirs.
By 1995, you’d be more likely to find her singing
in a church, than a bar. She recorded “A Shelter For My Soul”,
and then later… “Here I Am”. Both albums speak volumes
about her feelings toward life, her friends, family, and her creator.
Since releasing “Here I Am”, Mitzi has appeared
on all the major St. Louis TV stations. Her music has also been featured
on St. Louis radio stations KEZK, WIL Country, public radio KDHX and
stations in Lake of the Ozarks. Numerous radio stations from her home
of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland also play her music. And most importantly…her
music has touched the lives of countless people…many of whom she
has never met, who send her letters and e-mails of how her music has
helped them accept the loss of a loved one, or deal with a serious illness.
Mitzi still performs regularly at numerous churches, peace
events, pubs, coffee houses, outdoor concerts, and special events. She
has opened for authors Alan Cohen, and Neal Donald Walsh at Westport
Playhouse, and has performed at the Sheldon Concert Hall on two separate
occasions with her band “Keltic Reign”.
Keltic Reign is a seven piece band that spotlights Mitzi’s
music, as well as performs songs from her homeland, Ireland and Scotland.
They have just completed their debut CD entitled… “Live
Keltic Reign performs regularly at shows and concerts around the bi-state
area. (see performance page)
All the CD’s mentioned above are available through
this website, and at Borders Books and Music, Streetside, Sam Goody,
and numerous other music stores in the St. Louis area.