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Mac Powell Biography

Mac Powell was born Johnny Mac Powell in December 25, 1972, originally from Clanton, Alabama, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and musician who formed the Christian rock band Third Day with guitarist Mark Lee. Powell won the 2001 Gospel Music Association award for “Male Vocalist of the Year”.

Mac Powell Age

Mac Powell was born in December 25, 1972,  He is 47 years as of 2019

Mac Powell Wife

He is married to Aimee Ellis Powell

Mac Powell Children

They have five children who are Scout, Cash, Camie Love, Emmanuel, and Birdie Clare.

Mac Powell Education and Career

Mac Powell grew up in a small town in Alabama. His love for music began at an early age as both of his parents would sing and play guitar around the house. Mac soon began to sing in the local country church by day, and listen to his Dad’s record collection by night.
When Mac was a sophomore in high school, he moved to Atlanta, GA where his passion for music and faith found an outlet in the band THIRD DAY. Over the past 25 years THIRD DAY has helped transform Christian music and built a devoted fan base while traveling the world many times over, selling 10 million albums, earning 4 Grammy awards, 1 American Music Award, 24 Dove Awards, and by being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

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Mac Powell Independent projects

Powell has collaborated with other artists on numerous occasions, most notably in the City On A Hill series, and more recently in the Glory Revealed series. Credits include:

  • 1999, “Seize the Day (live)” and “I Can Hear You (live)” on Carolyn Arends’ Seize the Day and Other Stories
  • 2000, “God of Wonders” (with Cliff & Danielle Young of Caedmon’s Call) and “I Remember You” (with Gene Eugene) on City on a Hill: Songs of Worship and Praise
  • 2000, “Sheltering Tree” Additional personnel/vocals on NewSong’s Sheltering Tree
  • 2002, “Sing Alleluia” (with Jennifer Knapp) “Our Great God” (with Fernando Ortega) on City on a Hill: Sing Alleluia
  • 2002, “It’s Christmas Time” (with Cliff & Danielle Young of Caedmon’s Call, Derri Daugherty, Sara Groves, Dan Haseltine, Out of Eden, Leigh Nash, Michael Tait and Terry Scott Taylor) on City on a Hill: It’s Christmas Time
  • 2002, “Mountain of God” on Max Lucado’s album Traveling Light: Songs From the 23rd Psalm
  • 2003, “We Come To Your Throne With Weeping” (with Jeff Deyo) on Light
  • 2003, “Love Lifted Me” (with Randy Travis) on Worship and Faith
  • 2003, “Friends 2003” a special tribute to and featuring Michael W. Smith
  • 2004, “Believe Me Now” (Backing vocalist with Jason Wade of the band Lifehouse) on Steven Curtis Chapman’s All Things New
  • 2004, “I See Love” (with Steven Curtis Chapman and Bart Millard) on The Passion of the Christ: Songs
  • 2007, “By His Wounds” (with Steven Curtis Chapman, Brian Littrell & Mark Hall) on Glory Revealed
  • 2008, “Fly Away” with GRITS on Reiterate
  • 2008, “Over the Next Hill” (with Brooks & Dunn) on Billy: The Early Years (soundtrack)
  • 2010, “Carry Me” from Jenny & Tyler’s Faint Not
  • 2012, Mac Powell Country album – August 1, 2012 (500 copy limited pre-release) and August 21, 2012 general release date
  • 2014, Southpaw Country album – October 14, 2014
  • 2015, “Make Me a Believer” from Andy Mineo’s “Uncomfortable” album

Mac Powell Producer

  • 2004, Co-producer on Fusebox’s Once Again album
  • 2009, Co-producer on Revive’s Chorus of the Saints album

Mac Powell Songs

  1. Soul on Fire
  2. I Need a Miracle
  3. God of Wonders
  4. Cry Out to Jesus
  5. Your Love Oh Lord
  6. ‘ve Always Loved You
  7. By His Wounds
  8. Your Words
  9. He is Alive
  10. When Love Sees You
  11. Trust in Jesus
  12. Your Love Is Like a River
  13. Carry You
  14. Mountain Of God
  15. Born Again
  16. King of Glory
  17. Sweet Georgia Girl
  18. Show Me Your Glory
  19. You Are So Good to Me
  20. This Is Who I Am
  21. Hard Headed Woman
  22. My Love For You Remains
  23. Revelation
  24. My Hope Is You
  25. Carry My Cross
  26. When the Rain Comes
  27. Restore To Me
  28. Nothing Compares
  29. Sound of Your Voice
  30. Thief
  31. Consuming Fire
  32. Love Song

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Mac Powell Interview

Q: After 26 years with Third Day, what does life look like for Mac Powell these days?

Mac: Life is changing almost daily! I was actually supposed to be out on tour with my new band right now, Mac Powell and the Family Reunion, but due to some changes, that has been pushed to the spring. I have been able to be at home much more and the time spent with family and friends has been great. I have also spent a lot of time in the studio. I am finishing up my latest album and working on a Christmas album. I am enjoying this time because the spring of 2019 is going to be a busy one on the road.

Q: How exciting! When do you think the Christmas album will be released?

Mac: I don’t have an exact date, but sometime around Thanksgiving. That’s one of the beautiful things about being an independent artist – I get to work on my own timeline. The name of the album is “December” and it will be a seasonal record. There will be standards like Elvis’ “Blue Christmas,” a version of “Away in a Manger” and I have also written some songs as well. There is a little mixture of different kinds of songs on the record.

Q: Can’t wait! Speaking of the new band, how did you come up with the name Mac Powell and the Family Reunion?

Mac: I have always been a fan of bands that were solo artists with a band. For example, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band – they are all solo artists with a band. I am a band guy. That is what I have known for 20 something years. I wanted to come up with a name for my new career that was me as a solo artist, but also a band. The band is a handful of guys that join me, in and out. There is really a mix of eight to 10 different guys, but usually someone from that group is playing with me. And we really are a family. We are close and great friends.

Now ,the family part. I have always looked at the audience as being a part of what we are doing. Not us making music necessarily for them, but that they are along with us for the ride. Family is a big part of who I am, and I just thought it was a good name. I like the idea of everyone being part of the family, whether you are on or off stage, behind the scenes or working at an office in Nashville … everyone is a part of the family of what we are doing.

Q: You will be kicking off a Christmas tour on November 30 at the Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. Tell us more about this upcoming Christmas tour.

Mac: I did a Christmas show last year at The Strand and it was a big success. We had a great time, and I was able to combine mine and Aimee’s annual Christmas party with a Christmas show. We had missed a year or so of hosting our party, but last year we had friends and family join us after the show. I took that idea from last year and moved forward with it this year. However, this year, we will be inviting some fans along, and not just our personal friends and family. Mac Powell’s Christmas Party will kick off on November 30 at The Strand, and we are doing seven or eight more shows, mostly on the west coast.

Q: If we are talking Christmas, let’s talk about your favorite Christmas traditions with your family.

Mac: I have two. Christmas Eve, we have Aimee’s side of the family come over for dinner and that has been a tradition for the longest of time. And that is definitely one of the things we look forward to the most at Christmas. The other would be that my birthday is on Christmas Day and my birthday dinner is always as the Waffle House. And speaking of Waffle House …

Q: Yes? What is happening with the Waffle House?

Mac: In case you didn’t know, I have had a podcast for several years with Tug Cowart, a radio personality in Atlanta. One day, we were talking and said, “Why don’t we do a live podcast from the Waffle House?” We both love the Waffle House and then, before we knew it, the ideas begin to flow and we were planning our show. We actually just filmed our first pilot and our first guest was Jeff Foxworthy. We are going to work on a few more episodes and shop it around and see who might like it on their streaming service. We will see what happens as there are so many sources of streaming out there right now and they are all looking for material. I feel pretty confident it will end up somewhere. And at the very least, we can start our own YouTube channel.

(When asked about the name of the show, Mac replied, we aren’t 100 percent sure but I think we are going with Mac and Tug Go to Waffle House. Rather appropriate, I think!)

Q: Was being a musical artist what you always dreamed of doing?

Mac: I always had this career as a dream and I had the vision of what it could be like, but I also had the reality of the dream … you know, who can make that happen? It’s like winning the lottery. So, I had the dream, but not necessarily the expectation; and then, honestly, when I was in marching band at McEachern, I was going to be a band director. It was my dream job and I wanted to go to school and study music to be a band director. That slowly changed. As soon as I got out of high school and graduated and went to college for about a month, I thought to myself, “I can sing a lot better than I play trumpet.” Then that kinda grew and grew as far as Third Day and the beginnings of what that would turn into.

Q: What are you most proud of that came out of Third Day?

Mac: Wow, that is a great question and one that is hard to answer with one answer. I will tell you that there are over 25,000 children whose lives were changed, and really families whose lives were changed, due to sponsorships from our fans. I am really proud of the music. I am really proud of the legacy we have left. And not only those 25,000 families, but so many things we were able to accomplish off stage with our fans, whether that be building homes with Habit for Humanity around the world or whether that be raising funds for people in Houston that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Q: What can your fans expect from a Mac Powell and the Family Reunion concert in 2019?

Mac: A whole lot of great music. People ask me, “What kind of music are you playing? Are you playing gospel or country or rock?” The answer is, “Yes!” As my tag line says … it’s a little bit of rock, a little bit of country, a little bit of gospel and whole lot of love. I want people to have a good time and be encouraged. My real hope is to build up this band to where it is one of the best shows anyone has ever seen in their life.