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” and “Higher Ground”. Both albums speak volumes about her feelings toward life, her friends, family, and her creator.
Since releasing “Here I Am”, Mitzi, in the past, 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.
Mitzi still performs 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 with CD release concerts.
Keltic Reign is a seven piece band that spotlights Mitzi’s family and music, performing songs from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ireland and Scotland. Her three children are in the band, as well as lead singer and accordion player Randy Getz, and Michael Levine on guitar. They together have recorded two albums and a Christmas album. Keltic Reign performs at shows and concerts around the bi-state area. (see performance page) They have performed at many of the St. Louis concert series, including Whitaker Music Festival, The History Museum, and many concerts in the park, The MO River Irish Festival and The Scottish Games, to name a few. They are also available for private parties and functions.