Specials - The Black Boots

December 17, 2018 St├ęphanie 0 Comments

MacKenzie Porter was raised on a fifth generation cattle/bison ranch east of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Andrew Jenkins was raised on a mixed farm, west of Medicine Hat, Alberta. As they each grew up in close knit, musical families, they both discovered that they had a passion for music and a love for performing. So much in common considering they didn’t even know each other!

At the age of four, MacKenzie started studying piano, violin and voice. She played in a family band for several years with her brother Kalan Porter (2004 winner of Canadian Idol), her sister, Kelsey, and her two cousins. They performed all over Alberta for audiences as large as 10,000 people.

Andrew, on the other hand, began his career at a very young age with impersonations of Elvis Presley. His musical versatility became very apparent as he learned to play the piano, guitar, accordion, banjo, saxophone and harmonica. He joined the Live Music Club in Medicine Hat, which enabled him to play with other local musicians at events in the area.

When MacKenzie moved to Vancouver in 2009 to pursue acting, mutual friends introduced her to Andrew who had moved there in 2007 to take up acting. Not only did they discover they had grown up a few miles apart, they also discovered they had both been playing music for as long as they could remember. A decision to jam together one afternoon for “something to do”, quickly turned into regular song-writing and jam sessions. Before long, “The Black Boots” was formed. (Note that, their first band name was 'Jack and Jill', later they changed it for 'The Black Boots'.)


Together, they made a music video cover of Taylor Swift's song 'Mean'.

In 2009, they covered 'Use Somebody' by Kings of Leon as 'Jack and Jill' via My Space.

During 2010, they released two songs 'Heartbreaker' and 'Storm' and made several shows.

In 2010, MacKenzie introduced her solo career after separating from the band 'The Black Boots'.

In 2011, they released a music video of one her their songs 'These Black Boots'.