By: Judy Shields
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 07/29/2022 – “I’m so excited to share this song with you. My Aunt Zena loves this song and she asked me to sing it. I’m missing her a little extra today. We have a lot of miles between us. Hope to visit her soon. Until then… This one’s for her 💕. Here is “I Want To Stroll Over Heaven with You” by Mr. Alan Jackson.” Makenzie had on her Facebook Page.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music singer-songwriter Makenzie Phipps is consistent when releasing acoustic covers throughout the week on social media. At the request of her Aunt Zena, Makenzie along with the help of guitarist, Shane Begley, recorded a cover of Alan Jackson’s “I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You.” The video started to gain momentum after two days and had been viewed 30,000 times. Then, like lightning, the video took off and has been viewed nearly 1 million times and over 10,000 shares! Phipps recently finished recording new music and will be releasing her next single later this fall.
To view Makenzie Phipps’ acoustic version of “I Want To Stroll Over Heaven With You,” visit HERE.
The Hollywood Times had the opportunity to catch up with Makenzie this morning to talk about the new video and how she is helping her local animal shelter. Enjoy!
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“Hymns have always been so important to me because they were the first songs I ever started singing,” shares Phipps. “My mawmaw got me into singing when I was very young in church, so I enjoy doing them when I can. I felt like recording one that my aunt Zena loves and had mentioned to me in the past. I am just so blown away by how much this song has touched individuals throughout the world, and am blessed to be doing what the good lord intended for me to do!”
Makenzie has landed features on Country Rebel, I Love Country Music, Classic Country Music, Addicted 2 Country Music, The Country Network, and more. Her connection to her fans is stronger than ever and she is constantly interacting with them on social media. She has received awards such as “Female Country Song of the Year” at the 2021 Josie Music Awards and was named “Future Star of the Year” by the North American Country Music Association International. Her beautiful renditions of “Amazing Grace” and “Travelin’ Soldier” have over 1 million views on Facebook and only continue to grow. 2022 will be an exciting year for Makenzie!
Makenzie’s other passion is animals! She volunteers at the Mercer County Animal Shelter in Bluefield, West Virgina.
In January, Phipps began a weekly segment on her social media called “Take Me Home Thursday,” where a dog is featured in hopes of finding a home.
Focusing on the senior, or more difficult breeds, Makenzie has helped find homes for 15 dogs who have lived at the no-kill shelter.
“I started volunteering at my local animal shelter in January of 2022. I have always had a place in my heart for helping animals and what drove me to start volunteering was a dog named Swanson that passed away in December of 2021 due to poor health and past abuse conditions,” explains Phipps. “Ever since then, I have wanted to help the animals at the shelter find their “furever” homes to live out the rest of their days. I do a segment called “Take Me Home Thursday” every week that showcases a dog. Thanks to the videos we’ve gotten 15 dogs adopted out, and I could not be more thankful.”
Makenzie Phipps Tour Schedule:
Makenzie Phipps Upcoming Tour Dates:
JUL 29 – Coaltown Taps / Richlands, Va.
AUG 04 – Tazewell Country Fair / Tazewell, Va.
Aug 05 – SideTracks / Bristol, Tenn.
Aug 06 – Bull City Ciderworks / Lexington, N.C.
AUG 10 – Trail 10 Pub / Freeman, W.V.
AUG 14 – The Horton Hotel / Boone, N.C.
AUG 19 – Riders Paradise / Herndon, W.V.
AUG 20 – Music In The Park / Athens, W.V.
AUG 26 – Ole No. 3 Restaurant & Bar / Pocahontas, Va.
AUG 27 – Copper Still Taproom / Thomasville, S.C.
SEP 02 – Kernersville Brewing Company / Kernersville, N.C.
SEP 03 – Calacino’s Pizzeria / Beckley, W.V.
SEP 09 – 7 Dogs Brewpub / Wytheville, Va.
SEP 10 – State Street Brewing / Bristol, Va.
SEP 16 – WV Grape Stomping Wine Festival / Summersville, W.V.
SEP 17- Softails / Webster Springs, W.V.
SEP 24 – Prohibition Hot Rod & Moonshine Festival / Wilkesboro, N.C.
SEP 24 – Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. / Charlotte, N.C.
SEP 28 – Trail 10 Pub & Grill / Freeman, W.V.
SEP 30 – Hardware Hills Vineyard / Scottsville, Va.
OCT 01 – Hog Wild Saloon / Elon, N.C.
OCT 05 – Trail 10 Pub & Grill / Freeman, W.V.
OCT 07 – Riders Paradise / Herndon, W.V.
Visit HERE to keep up with everything Makenzie Phipps.
About Makenzie Phipps:
A small-town girl raised in beautiful southwest Virginia, Miss Makenzie Phipps has been making her way around the music scene for quite some time now. Growing up, Makenzie began performing at a young age. From singing the National Anthem at local sporting events to now paving her way in country music.
From playing fairs, festivals, and honky-tonks, to now professionally recording her music, Makenzie is spreading her love for country music everywhere she goes. Strong vibrant vocals mixed with her distinct sound, she weaves a spell for her own style of music. She hopes to open up doors with that unique southern style that adds a flare of soul to her sound.