“Makenna & Brock are one of the best live acts I’ve seen in years! They blew me away!” – Tom Barlow, Currentland Magazine
“People say they want different. Well, Makenna & Brock are exactly that. The production is very in-your-face, and sets itself apart with their ultra-tight harmonies. If this is any indication, ‘Burnin’ The Night Down’ is going to start more than a few fires!” – Chuck Dauphin, Billboard
“Newcomers Makenna & Brock are definitely destined to become country music’s next ‘X Factor.’ ‘Burning the Night Down’ is sure to ignite a fire and burn up the charts! Really hope to see this duo burn their way right into the hearts of country fans everywhere!” -Jennifer Smith, Lovin’ Lyrics Music Promotions
“We really like the back and forth energy and emotion of Makenna & Brock on their release ‘Burnin’ The Night Down.’” – Neil Haislop, All Access
The urban dictionary describes the “X Factor” as being an indescribable quality, or something about a person, or persons, that you can’t put your finger on. They just have “it.”
So, it was destiny that Makenna & Brock would find themselves auditioning for the television show The X-Factor in 2011, singing their version of the Zac Brown Band hit, “Colder Weather,” to an international audience of millions. The duo had not even finished the song when the audience took to their feet and thundered with applause. At that point, judge Simon Cowell (who always played the “bad guy” on American Idol), held up his hand to calm the audience. Then, he and the other heavyweight judges, including ‘80s pop sensation Paula Abdul, and world-famous producer, L.A. Reid, showered Makenna & Brock with accolades and voted unanimously to put the duo through to the next round. Their show-stopping performance was broadcast throughout the world, and Makenna & Brock were featured in magazines such as People, the Washington Post, Country Daily and Rolling Stone, in addition to many prominent websites, including CNN.com, CBS.com, and MTV.com. They went on to be Top 12 finalists, and their performance still has people talking. Watch the video clip on YouTube and you’ll see why!
Makenna Sullinger and Brock Wade – who split their time between their home base in Springfield, MO and Nashville – first met in 2007 while performing at a Children’s Miracle Network benefit show. They instantly connected, both on and off stage, and ended up becoming a permanent duo and a couple. Since 2009, they have performed throughout the country with their band, sharing the bill with a diverse list of artists, including James Otto, Uncle Kracker, Sheryl Crow, Granger Smith, Cowboy Troy, Sam Riggs & The Night People, Parmalee and Keith Anderson, among others. In the summer of 2014, they toured with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders, Inc.) as the official National Anthem performers, and held after-party concerts in each town they traveled to. They have also sung the National Anthem for the St. Louis Rams, The Texas NASCAR 500 Speedway and other sports leagues.
2015 is shaping up to be the biggest year yet for the duo. They are busy performing on the road and dedicating several weeks each month to be in Nashville where they are honing their writing chops with some of the best songwriters in the business. Makenna & Brock have just completed recording their debut single, “Burnin’ The Night Down,” was released to radio stations and digital retailers in September 2015. The song was produced by Paul Carabello and Clif Doyal and showcases the passionate lead vocals and harmonies of both Makenna & Brock, and features the duo’s own dynamic touring band, including Mike Muhlenbruch on drums; Kyle Vance on bass guitar; and Ben Harrell on lead guitar, joined by multi-instrumentalist, Carabello, on guitars and banjo.
There’s really no secret to the “it” factor which makes Makenna & Brock so special; it’s their charm, down-to-earth personalities and their music. Those are the endearing qualities that make this rising young Country duo so loved by their legions of fans.