Mack Bailey, Music Therapy Director
Mack Bailey, Music Therapy Director
Mack is a living legend in the music industry and we are fortunate to count him as a member of the team. Mack directs our Music Therapy Program for wounded service members and disabled veterans, which focuses specifically on the those who suffer from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
Mack Bailey is an award-winning singer/songwriter with a passion for the healing properties of music. As an international performer, Mack has experienced the power of music through performances in concert halls to working individually with people of all ages and abilities.
Having recently completed his Masters in Music Therapy from Colorado State University and passed the Board Certification for Music Therapists, Mack is Using John Denver’s music, Mack taught himself to play the guitar, so it was a thrill for Mack when he had the privilege of trading verses to “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” with Denver in front of 9000 people shortly before John’s death. Today, the Limeliters and John Denver continue to play an active role in Mack’s professional life, even as he pursues his successful solo career. Mack has caught the attention of national folk music audiences with not only his Limeliters performances, but also with his prominent role in the nationally touring show “A Musical Tribute to John Denver” with many of John’s former band members and production crew.
For over two decades, Mack has been a principle member of the reunited 60s group, The Hard Travelers, with whom he has recorded five albums. He has a rich history of major concert appearances having performed with or shared the stage as opener with a long list of folk and country stars including Brooks & Dunn, Randy Travis, Alabama, Barbara Mandrell, Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill & Amy Grant, Kathy Mattea, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Leann Rimes, and John Denver confirming that indeed, Mack keeps very good musical company.
Mack also performs with his wife, Rachel Levy. The duo have been likened to a “similar pairing 40 years ago of Gram Parsons and a very young Emmylou Harris”. “Lucky Man”, written by Mack and Rachel, was chosen as a finalist in the 2006 mid-Atlantic song contest in the country/bluegrass category and was also selected to be profiled in Sing Out! Magazine. In addition, this past fall “Lucky Man” was a feature song on NASCAR Angels. Mack and Rachel also co-penned “It’s Time”, which has received critical acclaim from former Vice-President Al Gore, as promoting environmental awareness. Mack was awarded for his excellence with a WAMMIE for Best Traditional Folk Performer, and his song “High Gear” has been featured on NPR’s popular Car Talk.
Originally hailing from the small town of Troy, North Carolina, Mack attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated with a degree in music performance. Besides writing, performing solo and in his two groups, and recording eight solo albums, Mack is musically active in several medical and environmental causes, including working with our Military Veterans, Maryland Therapeutic Riding, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Starlight Starbright, and Challenge Aspen. Mack has spent years playing in nursing homes and Alzheimer’s units doing group concerts and individual outreach and has just completed his masters in Music Therapy to become certified in that field. He continues to enjoy working with school students on songwriting in their creative writing classes. Mack currently resides in Aspen, Colorado.