Fiona, from the Isle of Lewis, began singing at an early age - at home with her family and in her local Gaelic choirs. After leaving the island to study in Glasgow, she joined the Edinburgh-based Celtic band, Seelyhoo, with whom she recorded two albums. She then went on to join, and record with, the internationally acclaimed band, Anam, whilst continuing to sing, in the trio Mackenzie, with two of her sisters, Eilidh and Gillian. Mackenzie have released two albums and are still doing various recording and performance projects.
She has been writing songs since her early teens and has used a mixture of her own material and traditional song in her recordings with Seelyhoo, Mackenzie and Anam. As a professional singer, Fiona has also featured in many radio and television broadcasts.
Although a large part of Fiona's musical background draws upon her Gaelic culture, she has always taken an interest in music from other genres. Most of her own songs have been written in English and are influenced by many different types of music - rock, pop, world, country...
On "Elevate" (Linn AKD 307), her debut solo album, all tracks are Fiona's own compositions (music and lyrics) except the lyrics in the three Gaelic tracks; two of these use lyrics by her sister, Eilidh Mackenzie, while An Roghainn is a poem by Sorley Maclean. The album was recorded and produced by the acclaimed producer Calum Malcolm and is released on Linn Records in 2008.
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Album tops critics 2008 chart.more >>The Living Tradition
Expressive and lyrically beautiful...a brilliant album.more >>Folkradio.com
This is a very beautiful album.more >>Audiophile Audition
This surprising record is definitely in my top five for 2008!more >>Atlanta Audio Society
Her songs have a haunting beauty.more >>Maverick
Gentle, lush album full of exquisite musical moments.more >>Karine Polwart
This is a gorgeous, delicate album.more >>Songlines
Scots singer's stunning solo set. Delicious, captivating listening.more >>The Stornoway Gazette
clean, well-rounded and pure soundmore >>www.whisperinandhollerin.com
Serious bliss...a truly remarkable voice capable of straddling the disparate folk and pop worldsmore >>Inverness City Advertiser
It's a record that deserves to be heard by lots more people and, most importantly, it sounds like it knows it. Excellent.more >>The Sunday Post
A major talentmore >>The Skinny
It confirms that this talented Scottish artist can also succeed on her own.more >>The Blackburn Citizen
Think Bjork meets Liz Fraser with a Hebridean twist and you're getting to understand Fiona Mackenzie.more >>The Scotsman
An album which, one suspects, will make listeners and broadcasters sit up and take notice, well across the genre spectrum.more >>The Irish World
This Kate Bush meets Bjork of the Isle of Lewis is the voice taking traditional music to places it's seldom been before.more >>www.folking.com
I know it's only January, but this has "album of the year" written all over it!more >>www.folking.com
I know it's only January, but this has "album of the year" written all over it!more >>ZigZag Website
Pure and beautifully plaintive.more >>www.folking.com
If you were to measure it by the standards of most ‘folk' albums it would be leagues above for originality.more >>