About ROBERT A. MACKEY
ROBERT MACKEY is a fan of all kinds of music...period.
Oh yeah... he also happens to be an American singer/songwriter, music producer and a BMI music publisher. While based in Chicago, he does spend musical time in LA, Nashville and Atlanta.
Mackey heads up the multimedia studio SONGWERKS in the western suburbs of Chicago. He co-wrote the title track to the rock band AVM's album "A Matter of Time" with GRAMMY award winning songwriter JIM PETERIK (SURVIVOR - Eye Of The Tiger and 38 SPECIAL - Hold On Loosely). He's worked closely with GRAMMY award winner and Country Music Hall of Famer, the late JOE SOUTH (Hush, Rose Garden, Games People Play). South thought highly of Mackey, playing on AVM's modern remake of HUSH in Atlanta while also appearing in the opening of the song's music video. He granted Mackey an extremely rare 'one on one' TV interview. It turned out that interview was the only and last TV/Video interview South had done in over 20 years! More on this soon...
His latest single with his rock band AVM called "I'm Not Crying Over You" was written and produced by Mackey and mixed by GRAMMY award winning mixing legend DAVE PENSADO (Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, Christina Aguilara, Pink) and mastered by GENE GRIMALDI (Lady Gaga, Carly Ray Jepson).
Mackey performed lead vocals, played guitars, bass, keyboards and percussion while writing, arranging and producing most of the songs and music for several of the rock band AVM’s full length albums, including "It's Tonight", 'Maxi-Singles' and “A Matter of Time.” He has produced a diverse roster of Artists - AMANDA BROMMEL (Pop Rock), NATHAN WAGNER (Singer Songwriter). MAGISTY (Alternative Hip Hop), AVM (Modern Symphonic Rock), ELI RISES (Heavy Metal) and shared the stage with international rock acts such as Kansas, Cheap Trick, Loverboy, Survivor and Carl Palmer (ELP).
Mackey has worked with legendary artist and Grammy Award winners JOE SOUTH, JIM PETERIK, Grammy Award winning Mixing artist DAVE PENSADO, GENE GRIMALDI, BRAD BLACKWOOD, BOB HORN. Also, he personally did mixing and mastering of MIDWAVE song remixes of Grammy award winning artist SUZANNE VEGA "I Never Wear White" and official remix of Grammy award winning artist OK GO "I Won't Let You Down".
He is a member of the National Academy Of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy people); Experienced Singer/Songwriter and Music Producer. He has done voice-over work for Hyatt Hotels and the Sears Center, My Chauffeur Limousine. Music for Victoria's Secret, Bay Furniture, Theme song for the TV show Back Roads Bars, film score for the short film “Troublesome Feelings” and more...
His main writing instruments are his voice, piano and guitar. He also plays bass, keyboards and drums. Mackey maintains a feverishly busy schedule writing commercial jingles, songs and music for film while producing new artists of various and diverse genres and recently worked with a Tony Award winning Broadway actress KAREN ZIEMBA on an audio book for SIMON and SCHUSTER.
He's done some acting, under the IMDB name Robert A. Mackey, he appears as Max in the 2009 feature length alien-vampire movie "La Femme Vampir" by writer/director ALEXANDER ALCARESE starring VERONICA GREY, JOE ESTEVEZ and the late ROBERT Z'DAR. In 2016, he makes an appearance as a Mob Guy in the feature length film by director EDMOND COISSON “Chasing Gold” 2018 ("Precious Mettle") starring PAUL SORVINO, (GoodFellas) FIONA DOURIF (Curse of Chucky) and MATT BUSHELL (Twilight). Currently, Mackey is writing songs and music for several upcoming movie projects.