Mackenzie Day is a rising alt-pop artist you need on your radar! Her latest single, ‘Code: Red (7 years),’ shares an important message about mental health awareness, and its memorable hook and lush guitar arrangement make it a loop-worthy track we can’t get enough of.
Hailing from San Diego, California, Mackenzie grew up listening to rock bands like Green Day and Foo Fighters. Her commanding vocals immediately capture your attention, channeling some of our favorite powerhouses like Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne. She’s an open book with a lot to say, and we love how Mackenzie unapologetically approaches heavier topics like mental health in her songwriting.
Code: Red (7 Years)
‘Code: Red (7 Years)’ reflects on the importance of speaking up when our loved ones are in pain, and Mackenzie wrote it in honor of her younger sister. She uses bold lines like, “Finally, the adults are paying attention / It only took a darker depression,” to draw attention to how society often dismisses or minimizes mental illness.
Sharing more behind the song’s meaning, Mackenzie adds: “It shouldn’t have to get bad before realizing how big the issue at hand is. The lyrics deal with my frustration at older generations for misunderstanding the bigger, uncontrollable issues surrounding mental health.”
Fighting invisible battles is never easy, but ‘Code: Red (7 Years)’ is a reminder that we’re not alone. Produced by Travis Heidelman, Matthew Orgel, and Mackenzie Day herself, the track’s message is complemented by vibrant and uplifting alt-rock textures.
Her Upcoming Album
2022 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for Mackenzie. We immediately added ‘Stuck In The Wrong Movie‘ and ‘My Psychic Said‘ to the top of all our playlists, and we just adore her song ‘Breathe Out‘ with Lizzy McAlpine, which recently racked up more than 100,000 streams on Spotify. So as you can imagine, we screamed pretty loud when we heard ‘Code: Red (7 Years)’ is the second single off Mackenzie’s forthcoming album. Trust us, honey. 🍯 You’re not going to want to miss it.