Makenna & Brock’s signing with Doyal was part of a whirlwind week in Music City that included a standing-room-only songwriter’s show performance at the world-famous Bluebird Café, meetings with multiple song plugging groups, and co-writing sessions, all in preparation for the release of their official debut single, slated for Summer 2015.
Makenna Sullinger and Brock Wade, who split their time between Springfield, MO and Nashville, first appeared on the national radar in 2011 when they captured the hearts of tens of millions of viewers and all four judges as Top-12 finalists on the American version of Simon Cowell’s hit television show, The X-Factor. Their show-stopping performance garnered critical acclaim from the esteemed judging panel, which included Cowell, Paula Abdul, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger, and Chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group, L.A. Reid. Subsequently, Makenna & Brock received exposure in major publications such as People, theWashington Post, Country Daily and Rolling Stone, and many prominent websites, including CNN.com, CBS.com, and MTV.com.
While they did not win the competition, the experience bolstered their confidence, and ignited a fierce determination to take control of their career and push it to new heights. With a full band, they currently maintain a busy touring schedule, performing throughout the U.S. They have cultivated a dedicated fan base while honing their brand into one of the Midwest’s most in-demand acts for corporate events, concerts, festivals and club dates.
“Makenna & Brock have that intangible ‘it’ factor that artists either have, or they don’t,” Doyal says. “Their enthusiasm, dedication, and work ethic are very impressive. They are both great singers in their own right, but many have commented that their harmonies are so close that they sound like siblings, which they are not. That is a rare and magical quality. I see a very bright future ahead for them and I am honored to represent them.”
In a joint statement, Makenna & Brock say: “We are honored to be represented by Clif and his amazing team. They are the ultimate professionals and have already begun to make major headway in the further advancement of our careers. Clif has been instrumental in establishing many major artists in the industry and we are so excited that he has taken us on and look forward to what our future may hold together!”
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ABOUT MAKENNA & BROCK:
Makenna & Brock first met in 2007 while performing at a Children’s Miracle Network benefit show. They instantly connected, both on and off stage, beginning a musical partnership as well as a great friendship. In 2009, they toured throughout the United States, sharing bills with acts such as James Otto, Uncle Kracker, and Sheryl Crow. Makenna and Brock got a big break over the summer of 2011 when they were selected as Top-12 finalists on the American version of Simon Cowell’s hit television show The X-Factor. A number of high profile opportunities followed this experience and in the summer of 2014, they were invited to tour with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) as their official National Anthem performers as well as their after-party concert entertainment. They landed coveted slots singing the National Anthem for the St. Louis Rams as well as at The Texas NASCAR 500 Speedway. Throughout 2014 they shared bills with name artists that included Granger Smith, Cowboy Troy, Parmalee and Keith Anderson. In addition, their dedication to helping others has landed them headlining slots at a number of major charity events. Makenna & Brock are looking forward to 2015 – their plans include the release of new music, continued touring, opening for major acts and showcasing in June at Nashville’s CMA Music Festival.
ABOUT CLIF DOYAL AND THE CLIF DOYAL AGENCY:
Originally formed by Clif Doyal over 30 years ago in Oklahoma City, the Clif Doyal Agency moved to Nashville in 1991, quickly establishing itself as a successful artist booking, talent buying and management company. In the 90’s, Doyal’s company worked closely with major record labels including Warner Bros., Sony and Capitol in the booking development of their new artists and formed groundbreaking strategic partnerships with major booking agencies including the Dale Morris Agency, William Morris (now WME), Monterey Artists (now Paradigm) and CAA. During this time, the company spearheaded successful booking strategies for Toby Keith, Lonestar, Little Texas, Ricochet and many others. As a publicist, Doyal has secured coverage for a diverse roster of clients, including Thompson Square, David Allan Coe, The Roys, Stella Parton and Andy Fraser from the rock band FREE, in major media outlets including Country Weekly, Billboard, MusicRow, Rolling Stone, The Boot, ABC News and NBC National News. Doyal has produced and/or played drums on charted Country, Texas/Red Dirt, New Age and Roots-Rock music in the U.S. and Europe for independent artists, LiveWire, Shawna Russell, Coyote Zen and Rockabilly pioneer, Billy Adams. In 2011, the firm was acquired by Big Sky Media Nashville, under an umbrella which includes Way Out West Records, CDA Publicity and Parrot Picks Publishing Group. With offices in Nashville and Oklahoma, the Clif Doyal Agency currently represents Country band, LiveWire, Tyler Barham, Makenna & Brock, Cowboy Troy (non-exclusive booking), Billy Adams, and additionally serves as talent buyer and Musical Producer for the July 4th OilPatch Festival, one of the premiere entertainment and lifestyle events in Oklahoma. In a career that spans several decades, Doyal is a true leader in today’s artist-driven market. For more information about Doyal and his artist service companies, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clifdoyal