Interview – Madeline Merlo

By: Remington Fioraso

Madeline Merlo is a country recording artist from Maple Ridge, BC. In July 2014, she released her debut EP entitled “Madeline Merlo” featuring the singles “Sinking Like a Stone” and “Alive.” The two singles are available for request on country radio stations across the country now. I had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with Madeline so continue reading to find out more about the singer.

First off, how has Nashville been for you so far?

MM: Traveling to Nashville has been amazing and extremely motivating. It’s such an inspiring place and I find I leave with the best music I’ve written. I’ve been so blessed to record my music there and I feel like it gives it a little Nashville touch.

Who are your influences?

MM: My influences are really diverse and I take inspiration from music from all genres and all decades. My two biggest influences are probably Shania Twain and Stevie Wonder.

When did you begin pursuing music?

MM: I started performing when I was 6 years old and ever since I can remember music was what I wanted to do with my life.

How was the recording experience for your debut EP, Madeline Merlo?

MM: The recording experience for the EP was really exciting. We did all the recording in Nashville and put everything we had into this EP. It is my first body of work I’ve ever released so we took a long time with song choice and making it the best it could be.

You have had the singles “Sinking Like a Stone” and “Alive” hit country radio, can we look forward to another single from the album?

MM: The next single is something I’m really excited for. It will most likely be something off the full length album so I’m stoked to begin the process of releasing that.

What have been the most memorable performances for you so far?

MM: The most memorable performance so far has been the Dean Brody Crop Circles tour for sure. It was in such a huge venue for me, the Abbotsford Arena. I was pinching myself the whole night. Dean was so kind to me and he brought out an amazing audience. I’ll never forget that night.

What was your initial reaction after hearing that you were nominated for the BC Country Music Association Awards?

MM: My initial reaction when I heard I was nominated for 2 BCCMA awards was shock for sure. I am so new onto the scene and to be recognized so early on is a blessing. I feel truly honored and welcomed into the BCCMA family. I’m excited for a great night with friends and colleagues, no matter what the outcome is.

What is next in store for you?

MM: What’s next for me is new music and lots of shows! I’ve been working and recording for two years getting ready for this album. Its going to be something different and I hope it resonates with people. This year has already been a whirlwind of magical moments and I can’t wait for what’s to come.

At Canadian Beats, we like to add fun questions that help fans gets to know you a bit more.
Who are your favourite Canadian artists to listen to?

MM: My favourite Canadian Artists to listen to – Shania Twain, Michael Buble, Drake and my label mates Tim Hicks, Dean Brody

Who did you go see for your first concert?

MM: My first concert – Shania Twain when I was ten years old. I sat in the back row and almost had a heart attack I was so excited.

What is the hardest social network to delete people from?

MM: Hardest social media to delete people from – Haha yes. I would say maybe Facebook, I feel like people get extremely offended if you delete them off Facebook.

What is your favourite thing to do when not working with music?

MM: Things you love to do – When I’m not working with music I love to be outdoors. My sister just got a paddle board and her and I go out on the water quite often. My two dogs like to join the party and hop on the paddle board too.

Is there anything else you would like to add to your fans?

MM: Anything to add – I just wanted to use this opportunity to thank you all for all the support you have given me. I’ve wanted to make music professionally since I was a young girl and I wouldn’t have been able to do what I’ve done if it wasn’t for you all.

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