McKayla Reece, Haywood Community College Business Administration student, got her start in the music industry at the age of eight. She finished Pisgah High School two years early and to say the least, has a very hectic schedule. She has performed in every state. In addition, she is The Ambassador for the Disabled American Veterans. She takes each of these roles very seriously.
“Even though I finished high school early, I know there is a lot more I need to learn,” Reece explains. “I love school and music. It is important to me to have a good education and to be successful in whatever the good Lord has planned for me.”
Reece found the perfect fit for her busy schedule with HCC’s Business Administration program where she is taking classes completely online. With so many accomplishments under her belt as a teenager, it’s easy to see that Reece is ambitious. To be a full-time student, traveling musician, songwriter, publisher, and Ambassador takes more than just juggling skills.
“Online classes take willpower, dedication, and organizational skills,” Reece says. “But the business administration program is already helping me in my career to understand the business aspects.”
And after finishing HCC, Reece plans to continue her education where she hopes her degrees culminate into law school.
At this point in Reece’s life, she needed a course of study that was flexible. “My chosen profession is music and I have a very hectic schedule trying to pursue an education and my career. HCC’s program of study gives me the flexibility to do both.”
Reece is finishing up her first full album which is produced by Mark Howard. Her current single, “That’s America,” can be found on iTunes or seen on YouTube or CMT.
When asked what genre she sings, Reece answers, “I sing all genres. Working in theatre, I learned all forms of music at an early age. And to not be classified as one genre doesn’t put me in a box.”
Like everything Reece does, she is passionate about her role as The Ambassador for the Disabled American Veterans. This passion began with her grandfather’s 30 plus years of service in the Air Force.
“At the very least, I think each of us owes it to our military veterans to give consideration to their sacrifices and how their service impacts not just those who serve but the people around them,” Reece says. “Each of us needs to open our minds and hearts to those who have given so much for our country. These brave men and women have made sacrifices with every intention of protecting the world we live in while giving us the opportunity to enjoy liberty. Wars and aggression will always exist and we must have those who stand ready to defend against it. No soldier comes back from war the same!”
Reece incorporates the role of Ambassador into all her musical events across the country by making all veterans aware of the services available to them, and by boosting morale.
The Haywood County native also uses her music career as a ministry, ending each concert with “May God Bless You All.” And always giving the glory back to God for all the many blessings he has granted her.
“I am so extremely blessed to do the work I do,” Reece says. “I thank God every single day for blessing me with such a grand experience.”