McKayla goes to California

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Mar 26, 2013
Photo by: Jessi Stone McKayla Reece, 13, of Cruso, gets ready to perform on March 23 at the Haywood county Fairgrounds.

McKayla Reece of Cruso is only 13, but her singing career is already taking off.

She will be taking off this weekend to fly to California with plans to record some new songs for a new album.

Reece said she recently signed a management contract with Gellman Management, the same company that manages the country band Sugarland. Gellman also offers services in music recording, mixing and production.

Even with big things in store this weekend, Reece took the time last Saturday to perform at the Haywood County Fairgrounds during a scholarship fundraiser event sponsored by the Eckerd Foundation and the Dr. Ann R. Wilke Scholarship Fund.

“She does a lot of church ministries too,” said her mother Tracy Reece. “She wants to give back to God.”

McKayla said she has been singing since she was 2 years old and began singing professionally at the age of 8. Her first job was with the Carolina Night Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley. She also was invited to sing with Mike Snyder at The Grand Old Opry in Nashville.

“She recorded some songs in Nashville and started getting calls from different management companies,” Tracy said.

While McKayla is what her mom calls “a stage runner,” she also plays guitar and piano and writes most of her own songs.

“It’s a lot of work learning the process but it’s fun once you know what you’re doing,” McKayla said.

She enjoys singing country, gospel and pop rock. Her favorite artists include Carrie Underwood and Christina Aguilera.

“Singing is the thing that I love the most in the whole world,” she said. She said she is excited about spending a week in the big city to record new songs, “but nothing is like home.

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