Fiona Mackenzie, 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.
She has been writing songs since her early teens and has used a mixture of her own material and traditional song in her recordings. 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.
On her debut solo album, Elevate on Linn Records all tracks are Fiona’s own compositions except the lyrics in the three Gaelic tracks.
These are songs with a distinct, northern character. Her writing and singing technique are affected by a spectrum of influences spanning folk music, Nick Cave, Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins and Bjork, as well as the Scottish and Gaelic traditions.
Co-produced by The Blue Nile producer Calum Malcolm, traditional acoustic instruments and electronic elements blend to create a forward-thinking music that remains rooted in heritage.