Mac Powell (birth name – Johnny Mac Powell) is an American musician, producer, songwriter, and singer, who is best known as the founding member of the Christian rock band, named – ”Third Day.”
He was born on December 25, 1972, in Alabama, USA.
Powell began singing in his local Baptist church.
Mac drew his inspiration from his parents, who both played guitar and sang around the house.
He grew up in a small town in Alabama. During an interview, Mac said about his childhood:
”I grew up in a little town in Alabama called Clanton, Alabama, and I joke about it.”
Powell went on to say:
”I say that if you were to throw a dart at the state of Alabama, like a map, which many people have done before and if you landed right in the middle, like literally in the middle of the map, that’s where I’m from.”
He attended McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia. During high school, Powell met Mark Lee. Later, both became involved in a band known as – “Nuclear Hoedown.”
Mac formed the Christian rock band Third Day with guitarist Lee.
Note – Mark Lee has performed more than 1200 shows with ”Third Day,” traveling throughout South Africa, Brazil, Australia, Europe, and the United States.
They released their first album – ”Long Time Forgotten” in 1994. It sold over 2,000 copies.
Third Day’s second album is titled – ”Contagious.” The album was self-financed.
Later, they released their third album, named – ”Third Day.” It sold more than 20,000 copies.
Shortly after, Reunion Records signed the band.
Note – Reunion Records is a contemporary Christian record label.
In 1995, the group released the official version of ”Third Day” album under Reunion Records. The album has sold more than 300,000 copies.
In 1996, they were nominated for a Dove Award (an accolade by the Gospel Music Association) in the category of New Artist of the Year.
In the follow-up year, they released the album called “Conspiracy No. 5.”
In 1998, the band toured around the US.
Third Day’s next album is named – ”Wherever You Are.” It debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 2006, Third Day released its first Christmas-themed album, titled – ”Christmas Offerings.”
On July 29, 2008, the band released another album, named – ”Revelation.”
On September 19, 2009, Third Day was inducted in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
On November 6, 2012, the band released ”Miracle.”
On March 3, 2015, they released the album ”Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship.”
On March 2, 2018, the band announced their farewell.
”Third Day” had 28 number one Christian album chart radio hits.
Mac said about the reason they disbanded:
”With Third Day, ‘till the very last concert, I always had fun, I really did. There was never a time where I didn’t want to be on stage doing that.”
”However, I knew that I wanted to do something different musically than what Third Day was. I’m able to do that now with this band, and so it is a lot of fun.”
After ”Third Day,” Mac transitioned to country music, under the name of ”Mac Powell and the Family Reunion.”
When asked about how his fans reacted, he responded:
”I think the transition is still in process.”
Powell later added:
”I’m just still making my music and a lot of fans who have known me for years are coming along, and hopefully, we make some new fans as well.”
Additionally, Powell released two solo country records:
- Southpaw in 2014;
- a self-titled debut in 2012.
Mac Powell got married to Aimee Ellis Powell on July 27, 1996.
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The couple has five children:
- Birdie Clare;
- Camie Love;
Two of their five children are adopted. Mac once said:
“When Amy and I dated in high school we actually talked about how when we eventually get married we might adopt.”
Also, they have a racially diverse family since their adopted children are African-American. During a recent interview, Powell confessed:
“Our family can be a great example that God has made us – no matter what our skin color is, no matter what our background is.”
“He has made us a family, and we have all been adopted.”
His wife said:
“(Adoption) changed our world, turned it upside down, and it has been incredible ever since.”
Aimee also said:
“Never when I was growing up did I think I was going to be an adoptive mother.”
Mac, Aimme, and their five children live in Atlanta, Georgia.
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”I can just be my own person and be real, write the songs that I like and hope for the best that the fans enjoy it as well.”
“It’s freeing to not have to try to fit a mold. It’s freeing to not be on a label where there are a dozen people telling me what I should or shouldn’t do.”
“There’s a new energy here. I feel like we’re building this thing together and all becoming part of this new family.”
”A few years ago I told myself I want to reach people in the country market, but then I realized I just want to reach people that like quality music.”
”I had my core guys that I work with live, and I really felt like I wanted for them to be a big part of this record.”
”There are some challenges in starting over like this, but it’s exciting to go to venues that we’ve been before but it feels fresh.”
In 2001, he won the Gospel Music Association award for “Male Vocalist of the Year.”
Third Day’s fans are known as “Gomers” after a song on their 2nd album about Gomer.
Third Day’s name is a reference to the biblical accounts of Jesus’ rising from the dead on the 3rd day following his crucifixion.
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Mac Powell – Net Worth
Powell earned most of his wealth from being part of the band ”Third Day.” He is responsible for writing many of Third Day’s hit songs, including – Make Your Move, Call My Name, Revelation, and Cry Out to Jesus.
The band received 24 Dove Awards, 1 American Music Award, and 4 Grammy awards. Also, they sold more than 10 million albums. Furthermore, Mac released two solo albums. Therefore, Mac Powell has an estimated net worth of $2.7 million.
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