Torres (Mackenzie Scott) was raised in Macon, Georgia, United States. She started singing in her high school’s musical production of Fiddler on the Roof after being told by her family, “If you actually tried being serious, you’d probably have a good voice”. Soon after beginning to perform in musicals, she learned to play guitar and began playing and singing hymns during church services and at a nursing home every Saturday.
After high school, she left Macon to study at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Belmont in 2012.
In July 2012, while still a student, she recorded Torres over a five-day session at Tony Joe White’s home studio in Franklin, Tennessee with engineer and producer, Ryan McFadden. Following the album’s release, on February 8, 2013, she played her debut show as Torres in Nashville at The Basement. The album was digitally released on January 22, 2013.
She has since toured extensively in the US and Europe with a wide variety of musicians, including Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Okkervil River, and opened for Sharon Van Etten and Hamilton Leithauser. Torres appears as a guest on Sharon Van Etten’s 2014 album Are We There? and released a single, “New Skin,” through Weathervane Music in June 2014.
On May 4, 2015 Torres released her second album, Sprinter to much critical acclaim. She has toured the US as a headliner, and toured Europe in the fall of 2015. She toured in October 2015 as an opening act for Garbage and her early musical idol, Brandi Carlile.