Madeline Merlo

FRESH: Madeline Merlo Releases a Trio of Heartbreak Songs!

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.

For more about Madeline, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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