With a shape-shifting sound that is at once personal and universal, Jocelyn Mackenzie creates haunted pop songs for a generation of seekers. She is a Brooklyn-based musician, maker, and psychic medium, well known as the singing drummer from Brooklyn’s indie-pop trio Pearl and the Beard. With a powerhouse voice and unmatched vulnerability, her new EP WAKE on Righteous Babe Records is a collection of songs dedicated to reclaiming power through pleasure. Her 2021 Righteous Babe debut solo album PUSH, which American Songwriter calls “unique and infectious,” was arranged entirely for string quartet by an all-star team of composers including Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady), Adam Schatz (Japanese Breakfast, Sylvan Esso), and Emily Hope Price (Pearl and the Beard, Kishi Bashi).
Her music, which Under the Radar describes as “spirited, powerful, [and] jubilant,” has been heard in commercials, film, theater, and television. At her core, Mackenzie’s extra-sensory skills inform her creative expressions, integrating media and meaning to create a sound that is both sensual and personal, “at once timeless and very much necessary in this moment.” (Popdust)