Jodie McKay

JOHNNY CASH REVISITED

JODIE McKAY

Jodie was born in to a very musical environment so it was no surprise that she showed her musical talents from a very early age, her first stage appearance being at the tender age of 5.   By this time she was already able to play piano, and the recorder.   At the age of 9 Jodie attended music school where she studied the violin and guitar.   She then went on to play both instruments in her school orchestra.  
Steve Mitchell, Jodie's father, hosted a weekly country music show on Essex radio.   A radio listener's concert in Buxton became Jodie's first ever performance on the British country music scene.   She sang “Cryin' Time”, and says she cried all the way through it. Her interest in country music lyrics also led to her writing her first song when she was 10.  Jodie has written many wonderful songs since then. Jodie McKay
When she was 16 she joined her father on the road in his band Shiloh, playing acoustic guitar and singing harmonies.
In 1994 Jodie spent some time in Philadelphia at Camp America where she worked as a music teacher for the mentally disabled.   She helped put together weekly shows for them, and performed in them herself.
On her return to England Jodie formed The Mitchells, a duo with her brother.   The pair toured the scene for two years before adding two other musicians to form The Glen Mitchell Band.   Jodie switched instruments and learned to play bass guitar when the bass player left the band.   Over a 6 year period with the band Jodie played bass guitar, acoustic guitar, sang harmonies, and also began singing a few lead vocals, which always drew a great reaction from the audience.
1997 saw the Glen Mitchell band playing support to Billie Jo Spears at Longleat.   Rick McKay was at the show because he and his band were backing Billie Jo.   He watched the first half of the show and was blown away by Jodie's performance of “Mama He's Crazy” by the Judds.
The two met again a few weeks later when Rick was organizing the late night jam sessions at Pontins in Hemsby.   Over the next couple of years the two remained friends and even worked together on occasion as a duo.   In time their relationship blossomed and Jodie joined the Rick McKay band in 2000, when her brother Glen followed his fortunes to Nashville.Rick & Jodie as Johnny & June
Jodie went on to play bass guitar in, The Thunder Rolls, until she and Rick eventually co-formed the duo "Pure Country".  
The duo has given Jodie the opportunity to expand on her vocal talents, as well as her abilities as a musician.