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MacKayla Hunter Releases Her Prey (Or Her New CD)

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On Thursday, Feb. 24, MacKayla Hunter, a young woman whose handlers are calling "the next Taylor Swift," will headline at the Knitting Factory to celebrate the release of her country-tinged debut CD, Bitter & Sweet, with support from fellow Christians, hip-hop/rockers Reckless Abandon and singer/songwriter Nate Fowler.

The 15-year-old high school student is a bit breathy vocally, and at her tender age, she's writing and singing about subject matter she may not know much about yet. It's something, she writes on her website, that her dad worries about: "Every time I write a new song, my dad wants to ground me for another couple weeks wondering when all this love happened and which boy he needs to have 'a talkin' to!"

However, Hunter is a self-taught musician who has taken a cue from her young, blond, Grammy-winning predecessor and writes her own music, so her sound is genuine--a rare occurrence in modern pop. Hunter is also trying to make her way through the music industry at a time when thinking outside of the box is vital in obtaining new fans, which is, in turn, vital to success as a musician. She has invited students to come to her show en masse. The school with the most kids attending will win an in-school concert from Hunter and Reckless Abandon.

Hunter's CD release party starts at 6:30 p.m., tickets are $5, and all proceeds benefit Camp River Run. Visit for more info.

Not so much into Christian rock? Is throwing back a few brews in the hot summer sun while watching some of Boise's finest dance as though no one is watching more your style? The Alive After Five summer concert series isn't too far away, and organizers are looking for local openers.

Local musicians are invited to perform 30-minute opening slots, and nonprofit organization Go Listen Boise is making all of the arrangements. Go Listen Boise is currently accepting applications from those interested in performing. Artists need only visit to get an application and read up on the requirements, or send a request for a form to

Go Listen Boise notes that although in 2010 they were looking for musicians who hadn't played in 2009, this year they are open to repeats, and that all local musicians, regardless of style or previous appearances, are encouraged to apply. Submissions for the 18 dates will be accepted through Tuesday, March 15.