Real-life stories, playful melodies and raw emotion are woven together in the music of Janelle MacKay. Living in Nova Scotia, Canada, MacKay is an artist who seamlessly blends storytelling and song. Her voice is rich, soulful and earthy; her lyrics honest and vulnerable. Her music, written in the moment and from the heart, has a spontaneous and natural quality – each song is a gem with unique chord progressions and unforgettable melodies. Whether alone with an acoustic guitar or joined by her band, MacKay keeps audiences captivated with her lighthearted humor and warm, nurturing presence. Her debut album Turn Into Song, recorded live at Sylvan Hall in Lochaber, features simple, beautiful arrangements of some of her most glowing work. The album’s title reflects MacKay’s musical philosophy: “you take ideas and stories and turn them into song – that’s what music is.” Her second full-length album is just newly released and tells tales of her recent journey to Rwanda. This is her first studio album and has already been creating buzz in the Eastern - Canadian music scene. Rich percussion and fat bass lines mixed with Rhodes keys and acoustic guitar make this new album very worldly and carries the culture of Rwanda through to the audience.