We're seriously impressed with Mahkenna, the girl is 17 and she's got her hand in every area of entertainment. The actress, vocalist, and DJ talked to us about her new song "One More Time" and her career.
How did you get started in music?
Mahkenna: I got started in the music industry at a young age, vocal training at the age of 5. I don’t exactly know why I started that, but I can say that music has been an essence that has always surrounded me my whole life. I pursue music because music has been engraved as a part of my character.
What was the turning point in your career?
Mahkenna: A turning point in my career would be getting out of the pop world and entering the world of EDM. We had a grand entrance with the song “Alive” and I would say the release of that song turned the tables for my career.
You’re a DJ, Actress, and Vocalist, how do you juggle all of it?
Mahkenna: Time management isn’t a horrible issue for me. Sometimes I get stressed out with a show or something, but I figure it out. I also don’t look at it as juggling as I think they all belong together as one art.
Tell me about your new song “One More Time” what’s the story behind the song?
Mahkenna: “One More Time” is my latest single. How it came about is my writer, Alicia Madison, had lost someone she loved very much and spilled the lyrics of her loss. Although the song sounds like a break-up song, it has a deeper meaning.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career?
Mahkenna: A big challenge I have faced in this industry is getting over my doubts and what people have told me is the “Right Thing.” What I have learned is that nobody is going to make an artist into a star, they can turn you into a puppet, but that does not make you an artist. An artist works for themselves and doesn’t bow to what people say because an artist knows what’s best for their craft.
What has been inspiring you lately?
Mahkenna: What has been inspiring to me lately is independence, in and out of the industry. I’m turning 18 and I think people rant looking at me as a little girl and can hold me accountable for my art.
What’s your best piece of advice for young women?
Mahkenna: Dear women, just know you’re important, appreciated and beautiful.