McKenna Faith, a 16-year-old from Ukiah, will perform at Saturday's California Candy Festival. (Courtesy photo)

McKenna Faith, a 16-year-old from Ukiah, will perform at Saturday's California Candy Festival. (Courtesy photo)


16-year-old aspires to country music career

By From page B1 | September 21, 2011

FAIRFIELD — While many 16-year-old girls fantasize about singing with the Jonas Brothers or Justin Bieber, McKenna Faith has found her niche in country music.

The Ukiah resident will perform at Saturday’s 2011 California Candy Festival. In August, she performed at the Solano County Fair.

2011 California Candy Festival

  • Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Entertainment
  • 1 p.m. McKenna Faith
  • 2:15 p.m. Sugar Rush
  • 4:15 p.m. Malo
  • Jelly Belly Visitor’s Center, One Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield
  • 703-0726
  • www.californiacandyfestival.com

The singer, songwriter and guitarist draws her musical inspiration from everyday life and has penned about 30 tunes. The first one was the hardest because she had never written a song before, she said.

“I figured it out,” she said in a phone interview with the Daily Republic. “You have to teach yourself. People will give you advice but it’s something you need to do for yourself.”

She has ideas for future songs stored in what she calls the “boneyard.”

Faith knew early on she wanted a career in country music. She made her public singing debut when she was 6.

She spent three years on the youth rodeo circuit doing barrel racing. Before many races, she was asked to sing the national anthem.

She has since sold her horse to concentrate on music, but won’t rule out a return to the rodeo circuit.

“Maybe when I’m older,” she said.

In December, the teen will sing at the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on site in Hawaii. She will debut her song, “No Guts, No Glory,” which was written in honor of American troops.

She’ll also perform “It’s Not My Time to Go,” a song honoring John Finn, a soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Pearl Harbor. Finn died in 2010 at the age of 100.

Faith takes online classes and loves history.

“I like learning about the past,” she said.

A typical day starts with school work in the morning and band practice in the afternoon. Rehearsals are held in a state-of-the-art studio in her drummer’s house, she said.

Photo and video shoots are also take up a chunk of her day as she continues to promote her CD, “Sugar & Spice,” which was recorded in Nashville. She returns to Nashville next month to record “No Guts, No Glory.”

Faith promises plenty of upbeat songs Saturday for Candy Festival attendees.

“It’s going to be a fun day,” she said.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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