The single,“Don’t Say You Love Me,” went to #1 on the iTunes Canadian country charts in less than three hours, and peaked at #3 across all genres. She is currently the second-most added CanCon artist on country radio. “The second she opens up her mouth, everything sounds so beautiful and true,” said Quebec pop icon Marie-Mai, one of The Launch’s mentors.
Maddie has spent the past three years touring and playing festivals, house concerts, and folk clubs, including the Edmonton Folk Fest, Canmore Folk Fest and Tiny Lights. She also appeared on Stampede City Sessions, which broadcasts to over 3.5 million households on PBS. With funding from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the young songwriter released her second LP, "Freedom, Books, Flowers and the Moon" in December 2018, which she toured nationally with her trio. In February 2019, she showcased at the prestigious Folk Alliance International in Montreal.
“Freedom, Books, Flowers and the Moon” is a gorgeous collection of gentle tunes about fear, friendship, heartache, and the little details in life, delivered with sincerity, honesty and Maddie’s deliciously wry sense of humour. From emotive finger picking to righteous ballads, her music seeks to tell a story, to challenge us, and to touch a fragile part of the human spirit. She was described by the Edmonton Journal as possessing "seasoned wit and sweetly forlorn wisdom, just sugar-coated enough to be addictive.”
As a lifelong nomad, Maddie’s lyrics are filled with the evocative images of an observer always on alert. Born in Cold Lake and raised in Dubai, her musical influences range from Willie Nelson to the warbling quarter tones of the call-to-prayer of the mosque across from childhood home. She studied literature and philosophy at Western University, learned to busk on the same Banff streets as Joni Mitchell, and performed in bars and hostels from Thailand to South Africa. “When I was a little kid, what I wanted to share with people was my poems and my stories,” says Maddie. “People don’t often listen to a little girl with a big imagination, but I noticed people listened when I was singing.”
Tough and sweet, funny and fresh-faced, this storyteller is quickly gaining attention across Canada as a voice to be reckoned with, harkening in a new generation of songwriting icons.