From the silver screen as a film and television star to sold out performances with Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, Wes Mack is taking the world of country music by storm.
“Hank Williams and The Beatles; I would always listen to those tapes with my parents on long road trips through the mountains. That’s where I learned the melodies and storytelling which influences my music today.” As an artist, Wes Mack has drawn from a wide musical history and has landed himself in good company under the management of Bonnie McGrew at Chief Music MGMT. From there he has enlisted fellow Chief client, and country music powerhouse, Joey Moi to mix his album – Joey has recently produced massively successful albums for Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line, Dallas Smith and Small Town Pistols.
Mack independently launched his debut radio single “Duet” (featuring Carly McKillip of One More Girl) in 2013, as he took the stage with Florida Georgia Line in front of sold out crowds on the Canadian leg of their tour. The song was quickly added into rotation at every country station in Canada and charted in the top 10 on the Country Billboard Chart. The video for “Duet” (which was directed by Mack himself) was featured in the Chevy Top 20 on CMT. The launch of Duet coincided with a number of impressive accolades, including winning in the Unsigned Only Music Competition, where Mack was chosen as the first ever Canadian winner over 9500 other artists competing from around the world. Mack was invited to perform at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival opening up for Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert on the final evening of the weekend festival. He was also selected as the winner of the Canadian Country Music Association Discovery Award in September of 2013.
Born and raised on the prairies of Alberta, it’s no surprise that he came to love the storytelling and warm melodies of country music. “It was always around when I was growing up. My parents had a lot of it on vinyl and I loved to mess around with the record player.” Mack’s father is also a musician and played in The Sugar and Spice in the late 60’s, topping the Canadian charts with the single “The Cruel War.”
At the age of 18, Wes Mack moved to Vancouver, and played with a number of acclaimed bands including the 2011 Fox Seeds winners; Head of the Herd, playing sold out shows with Guns N Roses, Alice in Chains, The Tea Party, The Trews and The Sheepdogs. Broadening his horizons he began acting in theatre, film and television. He quickly compiled an impressive resume including work on Smallville, The Vampire Diaries, Continuum, Supernatural, The Phantoms, A Dog Named Christmas and Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story. Within the film industry Mack has also compiled an impressive directing resume including all of his own music videos and the recent One More Girl video for “Love Like Mine”.
In 2012, music and acting fused together when Wes became a recurring fixture on the CBC Western Drama, Heartland, playing an up and coming country musician named Austin Mars. On the show Wes performed his song “Waiting on Maria,” which is available internationally on iTunes.
Mack has been writing and recording with legendary producers Jeff Johnson and Tom McKillip for the past year in Vancouver, BC and Nashville, TN. His second single, “Our Soundtrack” has been extremely well received at country radio and continues to climb the charts. Mack’s album is due out in 2014.