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Story Behind The Song “Deeper”… Jesse Reece

Written by scoopsnews on February 5, 2019 – 5:38 am -

M.A.C. Recording Artist Jesse Reece

Song: Deeper

Writers: Gerald Crabb & Jesse Reece


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Rhonda Richardson Signs with M.A.C. Records

Written by scoopsnews on January 2, 2019 – 10:54 am -


Rhonda Richardson

Rhonda Richardson Signs with M.A.C. Records

The beginning of a new year often signals the beginning of new seasons and opportunities. For Rhonda Richardson this season marks the beginning of her solo ministry as well as becoming the newest member of the M.A.C. Records family.

“I feel like M.A.C. believes in spreading the gospel and does all they can to help the artist that God blessed with talent. They are always available and ready to assist in any way. Dennis and Leslie both have a servant’s heart and only want to spread the good news through music. They love what they do and love helping others to do the same. I’m excited to continue my journey with M.A.C. Records and the McKays,” remarked Rhonda.

Previously, Rhonda was co-founder of the group, Trinity 3, and enjoyed five great years traveling, singing, and doing ministry with the group. Seasons change and Trinity 3 recently made the collective, mutual decision to dissolve. However, Rhonda knew she wasn’t ready to stop; if anything, she was ready to ramp things up and felt God calling her to her own ministry.  

Rhonda is currently working on her first solo project at Studio 115A in Columbus, MS with Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records. The project will include original songs and great old hymns with Rhonda’s own twist and personality. Rhonda will be part of the great lineup of artists that will be at Southern Gospel Weekend 2019 in Oxford, AL in March (Facebook: @southerngospelweekend).

“We are so excited that Rhonda joined the M.A.C. Records family. She is a power singer that owns the room when she steps on the stage. When you attend one of her ministry events be prepared to laugh, cry, and be drawn into the presence of the Lord. First and foremost she has a heart for ministry and for other people. We can’t wait to see where this journey will take her and we are glad to be a part of it,” commented Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records.

Rhonda began singing as a young child when she attended church with her grandmother. Her grandmother told her that she would stand in the pew and sing and direct the choir. Some of her musical influences over the years have been David Phelps, Amber Eppinette, and The Martins.

Rhonda became a Christian at the age of thirteen while attending a revival with a friend. “I can remember feeling my hands grip the back of that pew and then the next thing I knew I was face first at the altar.  I felt like I could fly that night,” mentioned Rhonda. She hopes that people will see Jesus in everything she does. She admits she isn’t perfect but she knows she serves a God who loves her.

Rhonda is originally from Millport, AL and currently lives in Columbus, MS with her husband, Albert, and her son, Nathan. She and Albert also have two grown sons, two daughters in law, and three grandbabies. Rhonda and Albert enjoy camping and spending time with their family.

Rhonda is available for church worship, ladies conferences, and more. Follow her on Facebook at Rhonda Richardson Ministries. To contact her, call 662.574.8655.

For more information about M.A.C. Records, contact Dennis McKay at 662.889.2829 or You can find M.A.C. Records on Facebook @musicstudio115a.


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Jessica Horton Signs with MAC

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 6, 2018 – 4:27 pm -

Jessica Horton Signs with MAC

Jessica Horton Signs with MAC


M.A.C. Records is proud to announce the addition of their newest artist, Jessica Horton, to the Route 82 Records division.

Jessica is an Americana/Gospel artist with a classic Country Roots style. She will be appearing at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend in September and making her first appearance at Creekside Gospel Music Convention in October, during the daytime showcase.

M.A.C. Records owner, Dennis McKay, says, “When I first heard her sing, I thought, ‘who is this,’ because she doesn’t sound like anyone else. Jessica has a unique sound that separates her from everyone else. She isn’t interested in trying to imitate anyone and she has a sound that is recognizable as Jessica Horton.

“She is easy to work with, has her head on straight and knows what she wants for her musical career, while being open to direction. I expect great things for her and we are pleased to be a part of helping her take things to another level.”

Jessica’s newest song, “Love Wins,” has been released to radio and is available online. New Journey Radio owner, Bobby Richardson, debuted “Love Wins” on his “3rd Cup of Joe” morning show last week. He described Jessica’s sound by saying, “Her voice is like silk.”

Leslie and Dennis McKay of McKay Project and M.A.C. Records

Leslie and Dennis McKay of McKay Project and M.A.C. Records

Leslie McKay sat down with Jessica recently to interview  her, so everyone can get to know this new artist.

LM: Where are you from?

JH: I’m originally from Eupora, Mississippi. I’ve been living in Columbus, Miss., since 2007, when I started school at the W (Mississippi University for Women). When I graduated in 2012 with my Music Education degree, I worked on my M. Div. (Masters of Divinity) through Asbury Seminary until 2014. At that time, I moved to Hawaii where I lived for three years. I just returned home this past year to follow my dreams as a musician from my home in the south.

LM: Tell us about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids or pets?

JH: I’m married to my college sweetheart, David. We got married in 2010, and we have two fur-babies that we adopted in Hawaii, Bear and Snickers. (Jessica reminds readers to #spayandneuter #adoptdontshop)

LM: What do you do for fun?

JH: I like to surround myself with people and activities that I enjoy, so I’m having fun pretty much all the time. Currently, I’m the youth minister at my church – Shaeffer’s Chapel UMC. A lot of my free time is spent with the youth or planning for them. I really enjoy working with our students at Shaeffer’s Chapel UMC and being a part of their faith journey. I am also the contemporary worship leader.
As far as other fun things…when I’m not working or doing chores, I like to write, or watch Netflix, or spend time
playing with my pups. I love all:animals and I pretty much just love any opportunity to pet them, or watch YouTube videos about them, or look up cat memes. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll know that every other post is a cat meme or a dog video. Have you seen the one  where the dog misses the food like a
hundred times?

LM: When did you start singing? Do you play any instruments?

JH: I started singing when I was a baby. My grandparents took a special interest in me and would teach me all the old country songs and hymns. By the time I was three, I was traveling with them to various old schoolhouses and community events to perform. My favorite memories are at the Sparta Opry in Woodland, Miss., and the old
Blackhawk School in Carroll County. I also remember getting to meet Miss Kitty Wells herself when I was about 12 years old. My grandpa got me the most amazing opportunity to visit with Mr. Johnnie Wright (Kitty Wells’ husband) at their home and sing some of Kitty’s songs for him. My grandpa also taught me how to play basic guitar and piano – I could learn a bit more.

LM: Do you write your own songs?

JH: I have been writing songs about Jesus since I was a teenager but I never played them for anyone. I stopped writing for a long time and recently picked it up again. I figure l’ve just now got some good stories to tell.

LM: Who are your musical influences?

JH: Vocally, I have always been drawn to Patsy Cline. Her songs have permeated every year of my life. When I’m especially missing my grandfather (he passed in 2011) and I’m craving the music that makes a memory come to life, I listen to her. As a songwriter, I am in awe of Norah Jones, Emmy Lou Harris, and Loretta Lynn. Nobody writes a song like these ladies.

LM:How would you describe your musical style?

Jessica Horton and her husband David

Jessica and David Horton

JH: I’m an Americana artist through and through. My style keeps a Root-sy core and a positive message. I love to keep the classic Country sound alive by including acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, steel guitar, and fiddle into my projects.

LM: How do you feel about working with M.A.C. Records?

JH: I’m so excited to be working with M.A.C. Records. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more supportive, knowledgeable, and proactive label. I am just so proud to be added to the family.

LM: What do you hope people remember about you when they leave your concert or service?

JH: I hope people leave my concerts with a smile. I write my stories and I’m full of hope. With all the negative messages the world is sending, I want my stories and thoughts to make us feel clean and simple and happy. I hope, most of all, that people will hear my stories and feel as if I’m telling their’s. I hope that my music speaks to you in some way and makes you feel connected and known. We all need that.

LM: When did you start following Jesus? Tell us about that.

JH: I have known God since I was a child. God speaks to children in a different way, and even though I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, I heard his voice through the hymns my grandparents would teach me and I felt his presence when I was lonely. When I was about nine, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I have followed him ever since.

Every day is a journey, but my hope is to learn to trust him more and more every day and to be the best representation of his love that I possibly can be.

LM: How can folks contact you?

JH: You can follow me on Facebook at Jessica Horton Music or you can friend me personally. You can contact me via Messenger or you can email me at I look forward to meeting all of you down the road.


Watch and listen for Jessica Horton in the coming days and months. Check out “Love Wins” online and on your local radio station. Her first original project is in the works, so stay tuned for the release information.

Again, Horton will be appearing at Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend in September and she will be making her first appearance in the daytime showcase at Creekside Gospel Music Convention in October.

For information about M.A.C. Records, contact Dennis McKay at 662.889.2829, or on Facebook @musicstudio115a or email

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Jesse Reece Joins M.A.C. Records

Written by scoopsnews on February 22, 2018 – 4:16 am -

Jesse Reece Joins M.A.C. Records

By Leslie McKay

M.A.C. Records is pleased to announce that Christian/Country artist, Jesse Reece, has joined the M.A.C. family.

“We are excited to welcome Jesse Reece to the M.A.C. Records family. We have been watching Jesse’s career for the past 4 years. He’s proven that he lives what he sings. He is a positive role for the younger generation and we wanted to be able to reach them with music they can relate to. Jesse fits that and more with music that speaks to everyone – young and not so young,” said Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records.

Jesse Reece is not a “newbie” when it comes to Christian/Country music. He started writing songs and singing and playing guitar about 8 years ago after a terrible car wreck that almost took his life. Jesse says that God started opening his eyes to the things that really matter and since then he has given his life completely to serving Him in all that he does.

Jesse released his first album, “Finding My Way” in 2013 followed by his second album, “Brand New Start” in 2015.  Jesse is an award winning artist that has been recognized in the industry for his talents. He was awarded the 2014 Christian Voice Magazine Male Horizon Artist of the Year and the 2014 AMG New Artist of the Year, as well as the 2015 ICGMA Crossover Artist of the Year.

From a personal standpoint, the last couple of years have been full of changes for Jesse.  He has a great family that supports his music career and that family grew just a little bit bigger when he married the love of his life, Emelia, in June of 2017. Not only did he get married, but in the midst of everything that goes along with preparing for a wedding they built a new house and now make their home in Ethelsville, AL.

During the last couple of years, Jesse also took time to step back from the music scene and reflect on who he is and who God wants Him to be as an artist. He’s now ready to go. His first step was to look at creating a new project that is 100% Jesse Reece and that is where M.A.C. Records came into the mix.

“I decided to sign with M.A.C. Records (Dennis and Leslie McKay) because they are a reputable company. I have worked alongside them for the past 3 years and they have always been quick to offer assistance in any way while never pressuring me to sign with them. I feel that M.A.C. Records has great leadership and character. It is the right fit for me,” commented Jesse Reece.

With Heath Elliott as engineer and Dennis McKay and Jesse Reece as producers, the finishing touches are being put on a new project scheduled to be released in the next few weeks. This project will feature all original songs written or co-written by Jesse. When asked to describe what makes this project different than the others, Jesse said, “In the past, I kinda got lost and found myself going in a direction musically that just wasn’t who I am. I am very confident after hearing the new record you will feel like you’ve personally met me. That is what separates it (this project) from the rest in my opinion…100% Jesse Reece.”

In addition to releasing a brand new project, the first radio single, “Deeper”, will also hit the airwaves in the next couple of weeks. This is a really special song to Jesse because he had the honor of co-writing this song with one of the most well-known songwriters in Christian music and someone Jesse describes as “my songwriter hero” – Gerald Crabb. The song talks about going deeper with God and making it about more than just going through the motions.

For more information about Jesse, go to:

Facebook: Jesse Reece Fans & Friends

Instagram: @jessereecemusic


For more information about M.A.C. Records, go to:

Facebook: @musicstudio115a


Phone: 662.889.2829 (Dennis McKay)

Dennis McKay and Jessie Reece






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M.A.C. Records/Studio 115A Announces The Addition of Recording Engineer

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 15, 2017 – 11:00 am -

M.A.C. Records/Studio 115A Announces The Addition of Recording Engineer

M.A.C. Records/Studio 115A Announces The Addition of Recording Engineer

May 16, 2017 – Columbus, MS – Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records/Studio 115A has announced the addition of Heath Elliott to the team. Heath joins the M.A.C./Studio 115A team in the position of Recording Engineer. Heath has a B.S. degree in Recording Engineering from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.

He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He has worked in recording studios in Nashville and has been traveling the southeast and serving as the Sound Engineer for The Pounders Family (a southern gospel group) since 2015. Heath is originally from Vernon, Alabama.

“We met Heath in 2016 when The Pounders Family came in to record their project and I found out that he had a background in recording engineering. The studio is growing and I have been keeping my eye out for someone that could come alongside me and help with engineering studio projects and continue the work while Leslie and I travel with our ministry as McKay Project. I am very particular when it comes to the recording projects because this is my “baby” and always has been. Heath started working with me in an intern capacity on various projects and now it’s time to make him an official team member. I will still be the Producer on all the studio projects and oversee things, but I am proud to have Heath on board as Engineer and look forward to great things”, said Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records/Studio 115A.

M.A.C. Records and Studio 115A are owned by Dennis and Leslie McKay and is located in Columbus, MS. M.A.C. Records is an all Christian record label and is the umbrella under which two divisions reside – Magnolia Record and Route 82 Records. Magnolia Records is for the southern gospel & contemporary artists and Route 82 Records is for the Christian country artists. Studio 115A is a recording studio for all genres of music, as well as a teaching studio where Dennis teaches a variety of instruments and vocal lessons to approximately 50 students a week. For more information, contact Dennis McKay at 662.889.2829 or visit them on Facebook: Studio115A.

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