Born in Calgary, Mackenzie McRuer spent his formative years in Markham. McRuer drew inspiration from artists such as Ray LaMontagne, John Butler, Noah Gundersen and Neil Young as a young singer-songwriter striving for honesty and intimacy in his music.

Performance opportunities have grown from local venues in York Region to The Rivoli and Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto and festivals including Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival in Owen Sound, Balls Falls Festival, Fly Away Home Music Festival, just to name a few. He has also won a few competitions including 1st place in the Barrie Folk Youth Songwriting showcase and some online as well. McRuer did his first debut record "Running" with Cameron Kennedy of Splintered Wood Records which was released December 2014. The album features an array of instruments and is the culmination of dedication and maturity for McRuer.

Now it's the end of 2016 and McRuer has been writing, and is getting back into the studio starting October. According to McRuer, "That last album was a couple of years ago, a lot has changed for me. I have a band now, we've been playing bigger shows, I've travelled across the country, I got married. This next record is going to be something heavier, with more knowingness of where I am and who I'm becoming".