Dennis and Leslie McKay make up the husband and wife duo of McKay Project and make their home in Columbus, MS.
Together, they have a story of hope and second chances. They have a real desire to share Jesus and let people know that God loves them and He never gives up on us. On stage they weave a blend of live acoustic music and harmony with Dennis on guitar and Leslie on bass. McKay Project brings a mix of blues and country to southern gospel music while staying true to the traditional style that so many have come to love.
Dennis is originally from Vernon, Alabama and grew up in a multi-talented musical family. He began playing the guitar when he was 11 years old and soon found himself on stage performing with his family group, The McKay Family. He traveled all over the country for several years performing southern gospel music while his father, Robert McKay, preached and shared Jesus.
Leslie is originally from Damascus, Arkansas and grew up singing in church while her father lead music and her mother played piano. She began learning piano at the age of 7 and later added vocal training that continued throughout college. Leslie spent 3 years with the Williams Singers of Williams Baptist University traveling to various churches in the southeast ministering through music. She has since added guitar and bass to her list of talents.
Shortly after Dennis and Leslie began their lives together as husband and wife, the Lord began drawing them into music ministry. McKay Project was formed about a year later and in 2012 they released their first self-titled project, “McKay Project” under the independent label of M.A.C. Records which is owned by Dennis and Leslie.
McKay Project has released three projects. You can find their music online at all the major music outlets:
McKay Project has also been featured on three additional projects for Lonesome Road Ministries:
- Lonesome Road – Volume 1
- Lonesome Road – Volume 2
- Lonesome Road – Volume 3
In May of 2018, McKay Project had their first #1 song, “Taking Me Home” off Lonesome Road-Volume 1.
Awards & Recognition
- 2015: Top 5 Nominee for ICGMA Duo of the Year & Band of the Year
- 2016: ICGMA Duo of the Year
- 2017: ICGMA Crossover Artist of the Year & ICGMA Instrumentalist of the Year (Dennis)
- 2018: Top 5 Diamond Award Nominee for Christian Country Group of the Year
- 2019: Top 5 Diamond Award Nominee for Duet of the Year & Christian Country Song of the Year (“Taking Me Home”)
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