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Chemeketa Community College

Thirsty Thursday - Mckayla Marie

Date: Thu, Jun 20, 2024
Time 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Venue: Chemeketa Cellars, Northwest Wine Studies Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW, Salem OR 97304
Phone: 503-584-7256
Email: contact@chemeketacellars.com

Performances will take place inside the tasting room during winter weather months and then out on the patio as soon as the weather allows. The tasting room is open from 4-9 pm with music from 6-8 pm. Seating both indoors and on the patio will be on a first-come, first-served basis (feel free to bring your own chairs.) For groups of 6 or more, please contact Chemeketa Cellars for reserved seating. Award-winning, student-made wine along with beer, cider and charcuterie platters are available in the tasting room, or bring your own picnic. 

See the full schedule here.

McKayla Marie was captivated by the art of creating from an early age. With a pen and paper in hand, she was always busy making something. In her early years, she dreamed of becoming a Disney cartoonist, but once she stumbled upon songwriting, she knew she had a different path ahead of her. At age 9, McKayla’s parents surprised her with guitar lessons so she could put music to her melodies. Once she learned to play a few songs, she was out in the world ready to play and sing for anyone who would listen. With musical influences such as Garth Brooks, Maren Morris, and Kacey Musgraves, McKayla has created a style that encompasses the characteristics of her heroes. 

In 2020, McKayla Marie released her debut single, “Young Love'“, which reached 17,000 streams in the first week of the release. In 2021, McKayla moved to Nashville and released the heart-felt ballad, “Half Life” shortly after. Both “Young Love” and “Half Life” landed on iconic Spotify and Apple Music playlists and continue to reach people daily.

While McKayla lived in Nashville for two years, she moved back to her hometown in Oregon to tour around the Pacific Northwest. She often makes the trek back to Nashville to write and record in music city.