Madeline is the complete package combining a wholesome beauty as though she were drawn by Disney artists, with a voice that would make the angels pause and listen. She's a compassionate soul caring for all the creatures inhabiting our world; It makes me happy to see great thing happening for such an amazing person.
2015 is turning out to be a huge year for the 21-year-old artist from Maple Ridge, BC, with a list of accomplishments that might make you wonder what you've been doing wrong your entire life. When I was 21, most of my "accomplishments" were related to beer consumption; Madeline's resume is much more impressive.
She's performed overseas for Canadian military troops in Kuwait, played the lead roll in a feature film, performed and recorded in Nashville, is featured in a Country Music Television Canada web series; and has been nominated for a Canadian Country Music Association award. And that is only the first half of the 2015.
I was fortunate enough to catch up with this busy lady for a few minutes.
"It's insane when you put it all out like that, it's been an amazing year so far," Ms. Merlo replied, when I recapped her activities over the last few months.
Performing for the Troops in Kuwait:"That was such an incredible opportunity. It was the best thing I've ever done in my life. A very emotional, eye opening experience."
A family member, in military service, had previously explained to Madeline that for military personnel, visits/performances like hers were a huge thing and "a great day, shaking up the routine, and critical to their sanity." Madeline viewed it as an opportunity to shake hands and say thank you to the men and women in our armed forces.
|Image from Madeline's Instagram - @madelinemerlo|
Hollywood Debut:Our conversation moved on to her movie roll in the upcoming film Country Crush, focusing on a blossoming musical talent, Nancy Taylor, whose career is about to take off. After a chance meeting, a young man falls for Nancy, follows his heart (and Nancy) to the big city, while she pursues her music career. Yeah, I can see how that could happen.
Madeline explained "They were looking for an up and coming country artist to play the lead and they saw me on-line."
The filmmakers asked for a tape ... She submitted a couple of songs and a scene, and ... Bam! Madeline Merlo is cast as Nancy Taylor.
Working along side Jana Kramer and Sophie Tweed-Simmons, Madeline described making the film as "Such a departure from what I'm used to. It was so intense, such a great experience. I learned so much."
Expected for release in early 2016, we'll be sure to check out Country Crush.
A Rising Star:Talent attracts accolades, and Madeline Merlo got herself a nomination in the Rising Star category, for the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. While I wasn't surprised at her nomination, Madeline's humility shines through, "It's insane, I was not expecting it at all. I'm floored, it's an honour to be nominated among such amazing talent. I'm so excited for September, in Halifax."
For the Love of Music:
Country Music Television Canada's on-line presence CMT.ca is currently home to a great feature, in which Madeline covers a range of music across genres and generations, in the aptly named CMT Decades. Along with faithful homage to Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Hank Williams, and Patsy Cline, the web series also features smile inducing spins on music by on Gnarls Barkley and Beyonce, Survivor's Eye of the Tiger, and my favourite of the bunch - Rude, by Magic! (watch the video below)
New sounds:While in Nashville to perform at CMAfest, Madeline found time to record some new music, with producer Matt Rovey - who's worked with a bunch of talent. The first result that we get to hear is the playful and sultry Honey Jack. (see the lyric video below)
Madeline explains "It's kind of a new sound for me... I'm 21, and a fun loving person, I wanted to show that as well."
I have it on good authority that we can expect the release of a new Madeline Merlo EP or album before the end of the year. How do I know? Madeline told me so.
But depending on what part of the country you live in, you may not have to wait much longer for more Madeline, as she's been confirmed as the opening act for a number of Ontario dates, in October, for the Paul Brandt / Dean Brody Road Trip Tour. Wow.
So you can add a new record, and touring with some big name stars, to Madeline Merlo's already impressive 2015.
But until it's proven otherwise, I bet I can still out-drink her.
Cheers to you, Madeline! Keep rockin'!