Two years ago, pop-leaning singer/songwriter Mackenzie Nicole had hit her rock bottom. With a hit record (2018’s The Edge) at a young age, at a time when she should’ve been on top of the world, she nearly gave up. But after acknowledging and getting help for her mental illness—which she calls “the darkness”—Mackenzie fought back. She catalogued her journey from acceptance to recovery in her 2020 release The Mystic. In this episode of For Songs, Mackenzie talks about how her journey to fight back led to the development of The Mystic. She discusses her great love for literature and how confronting the Darkness head on has given her new resolve to push forward. We also detail her progression as a pop artist in an era where musical genres are fast disappearing. Listen in and if you or anyone you know is suffering from mental illness, let them know that there is hope. There is a future.