Jocelyn Mackenzie is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, percussionist, songwriting coach, artist, and stylist. She began singing and songwriting at the age of three and hasn't stopped.
Best known as the singing drummer from indie-pop trio Pearl and the Beard (2007-2015), Mackenzie and bandmates Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Lloyd-Styles created a unique, infectious blend of folk and pop music infused with lucious harmonies, deep joy, and genuine meaning. The band recorded six albums and has an extensive touring history across the US, UK and Canada with such noteworthy artists as Ani DiFranco, Neko Case, Bastille, Iron & Wine, Ingrid Michaelson, Lucius, Dar Williams, You Won't, Lady Lamb, David Wax Museum, Sharon Van Etten, and more.
Jocelyn's first solo album, the "Unlovely EP" was released in 2016 via Consequence of Sound and features a track co-written by Ani DiFranco. In addition to co-producing and writing for the record, she art-directed, styled, and hand-crafted the headpiece, eyelashes, and necklace for the album's cover art. Currently she is working on her first full-length solo album PUSH, written for string quartet, voice, and synth percussion about healing through radical self love.
Her music has appeared in film and television, and she has also written music for theater and has been blossoming as a theatrical performer. Alongside Emily Hope Price, she was the Co-Music Director for 2015's puppet-infused theater piece All We Have Left, granted by the Henson Foundation with a residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, is a devising member and performer with Trusty Sidekick Theater Company , and has appeared on stage in the rock opera Hundred Days at the Adrienne Arscht Center in Miami, FL and the Straz Center in Tampa, FL. She is also the proud Music Curator of Puppet Playlist, a co-songwriter and performer for new freak folk group The Peggy's, and the drummer for sock puppet rock band Uncle Monsterface.
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