Makenzie Marie Greimann (born December 26, 1981) is an American Indie Folk singer-songwriter. Born in Blue Earth, Minnesota, she graduated Class President and Co-Valedictorian of her High School class at Blue Earth Area High School. Post-graduation, she booked a National Commercial in Minneapolis as an actor before starting College at Brigham Young University’s Music Dance Theatre program in Provo, UT. Makie left school after her first semester to accept a job with Universal Studios performing in Osaka, Japan for one year. Afterward she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy on Scholarship in New York City. Makie performed in Off-Broadway musicals and theater, independent films, and the soap operas All My Children and As the World Turns, before turning her focus to writing and recording her own music.
She married stunt man, Todd Bloomer, in 2016 and often comments, “I became a ‘Bloomer’ later in my life, and I started writing & recording later than most artists do, too. I guess I’m just a ‘late bloomer’ when it comes to the best things in my life!”
Taking a short break to have her daughter and focus on family life (she is also step-mom to Bloomer’s teenage son), Makie has returned to the studio to write and record. She is set to release a string of new Singles starting June, 2018, with the Single, “If I Fled”, recorded at The Lovely Light in LA with Saul Simon MacWilliams. (The Single is set to be a part of the soundtrack for the film, Sunny Daze, released to festivals in 2019, written & directed by the film’s star, Jason Wiles, along with two other new songs Makie wrote specifically for the film. Those songs will be released later in 2018, and are produced by Gene Micofsky.)
Formerly published as Makenzie Caine, Makie rereleased the following music in 2018: “Star Crossed Lovers” – Single (music video on YouTube), Pretty in Red – EP (1.“Pretty in Red”, 2.“Sweet Baby”, 3. “You’re a Doll, 4.“Moonshadow”), and Butterfly – EP (1.“Take This Town”, 2.“Young Marine”, 3.“Butterfly”). All of the above were produced by Saul Simon MacWilliams at The Lovely Light in Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA. Other artists who contributed to production, arranging, instrumentation and vocals include: Billy Libby (Fort Gorgeous), Adam Christgau, Elliot Jacobson, Jon Samson, and Seth Faulk. Mixing by Saul Simon MacWilliams and Dan Romer.
Makie’s aunt, Debbie Shawl Ankeny, sang with Anne Murray for 30 years, and her Mother, Michele Greimann, and Father, Rahn Greimann, are both musical. She has one sister, Brianna Greer.
Makie is musically inspired by songs of the 60’s and 70’s, the Great American Songbook, as well as traditional Broadway musical theatre which gives way to story-telling through song.
Makie is a lover of horses, farm & natural living. She splits her time between her home in Ventura, CA and her family’s farmstead in Blue Earth, MN. Her blogging and business partner for Native Gypsies, Brooke Ziegler Hussey, also resides in Blue Earth.
For the past several years, Makie has been involved with a movement called See Jane with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Their work educates makers of media on the importance of showing equality for young girls in children’s media, and promotes the creation of characters that fill a variety of roles.
Makie also supports O.U.R. Rescue, a group rescuing children from trafficking around the world, providing aftercare, and working with local governments to put systems in place to eradicate trafficking within their own countries.
She is also passionate about saving small town America and is involved with a movement called Rural Renaissance (started by her friend, Janie Hanson), piloting an economic & arts development project in her home town, Blue Earth, MN.
Links & Contact
MGMT Alicia Garavaglia (831)588-8546
Maker of Music & Art. Lover of horses, farm & natural living.
Blogger @ Native Gypsies.
SoCal Beach-Life | Midwest Farm-Life
Indie • Folk