Madeline Merlo unleashes three brand new tracks all at once!
Country up-and-comer Madeline Merlo has released a trio of new tunes today, including “If You Never Broke My Heart”, “It Didn’t” and Canadian country radio single “Kiss Kiss”. Produced by GRAMMY® Award-nominated Jeff Pardo (“Kiss Kiss” and “It Didn’t”) and Brad Hill (“If You Never Broke My Heart”), all three songs were co-written by Merlo, along with Pardo and Allison Veltz Cruz (“Kiss Kiss”), Pardo and Jason Blaine (“It Didn’t”) and Marla Morris and Grant Vogel (“If You Never Broke My Heart”).
“These three songs complete the heartbreak circle story I’m trying to tell. They are products of my journey over these last couple years writing songs, losing love and learning about life here in Nashville,” Madeline tells us of the new music. “I think they are examples of the multitude of emotions you experience going through heartbreak and ending up on the other side: from reckless behaviour, to perspective shifts, to closure”.
The Canadian native kicked off her U.S. career in a big way last week, winning the season premiere of the hit NBC show “Songland” – during which seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning group Lady Antebellum chose to record and release Merlo’s “Champagne Night”. The upbeat, party anthem quickly topped both the all genre and country iTunes charts, prompting the BMLG act to release it as a single to country radio. All three members, along with three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter Shane McAnally, surprised Merlo with the news via a Zoom call on Monday.
“Songland was one of the most incredible and inspiring experiences” says Merlo of her time on the show. “The knowledge I obtained throughout is invaluable, and the opportunity to work with such seasoned and decorated songwriters is something I won’t ever forget. As a young songwriter in this business, I felt so validated and honored by this experience. Lady Antebellum was so kind and gracious to me, and it was incredibly cool to be able to pitch a song to a band that I admire so much. I made lifelong friends, grew as a writer all while getting to share my vocals and songwriting abilities on network television”.
As an artist, Vancouver-native Madeline Merlo personifies her coastal upbringing, and nothing states that case stronger than the laid back, seemingly effortless feel to her sound. With fresh, fun and, occasionally, quirky melodies, and an unmatched depth in both vocals and lyrical storytelling, her music bridges the perfect pop-country gap. “I want people to have fun when they listen to my music. But I also want to be able to say something at the same time”. Signed with Open Road Recordings, the starlet has already seen an impressive career, releasing a series of successful singles to Canadian country radio and sharing the stage with Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, and fellow Canadian artists Paul Brandt, Dean Brody and Tim Hicks.