Jeanne Mackey

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About Jeanne

Singer/songwriter Jeanne Mackey offers a rare blend of emotional intensity, wry humor, and global consciousness. In addition to original tunes, her eclectic repertoire ranges from Dar Williams to Patsy Cline, from Pete Seeger to Irving Berlin. A seasoned guitarist, she draws on a variety of styles--folk, classic swing, funky blues, and more--with occasional sprinkles of mandolin, accordion, and banjo.

As one listener put it: "I never cease to be amazed by the variety of Jeanne' s repertoire, her ability to match the appropriate song to the occasion, and the strong common bond she strikes with her audience."


In addition to musical performances, Jeanne leads workshops and offers talks on a range of topics:

  • Unlocking the Power of Questions
  • The Human Shadow in Social Change and Spiritual Groups
  • The Stories We Tell Ourselves (personal and cultural narratives)
  • Council Circles
  • Joanna Macy's Truth Mandala (ceremony for expressing grief for the state of our world)


Jeanne Mackey rocked the 1970s East Coast topical music circuit as a young musician advocating feminist values and social justice. Throughout the 1980s, she performed with Lifeline, a four-woman rock band that played at conferences, demonstrations, women's music festivals, and labor union events in the Washington, D.C. area and nationwide. A former instructional designer at the University of Michigan, she has directed the multi-ethnic choral group Sacred Song and produced various benefits, including Howard Zinn's "Voices of People's History of the United States."