Countdown to the CCMA Awards – Q&A with Madeline Merlo

By: Jenna Melanson

Each day that rolls by, we are one day closer to the BIG day! Of course, I’m speaking of the Canadian Country Music Association Awards, which take place on September 13, 2015 in Halifax NS. I’m sure I am not the only one with the countdown on, so why not enjoy our countdown, featuring Q&A’s with some of the hottest country stars that Canada has to offer. We started it off yesterday with Tim Hicks and now it’s time for one of the Rising Star nominees, Madeline Merlo.

If you haven’t heard of Madeline yet, you soon will. She is definitely going places, and I recommend you check out her latest single, “Honey Jack” as it’s one of the songs that I can’t get enough of lately. Keep reading to find out more about this amazingly talented Canadian country artist.

As a Canadian country musician, being nominated for a CCMA Award is a huge accomplishment, how did you feel when you found out that you were nominated?

I was absolutely floored. I honestly couldn’t believe it, its such a huge honour to be nominated amongst such talented people and be a part of such a prestigious event. It is a dream come true as a new artist to get this type of recognition, I’m so thankful for the CCMA and anyone who voted for me!

There has been a few “CCMA Songwriters’ Series” that took place throughout Nova Scotia, called “The Road To Halifax”, what can you tell us about your songwriting?

My songwriting is almost always auto-biographical. As an artist what you bring to the table in a writing room is so important, if you are writing for yourself then the whole song itself needs to ring true to you. The most valuable advice I’d ever gotten was to just be honest. Being honest about being sad, or missing someone, or not missing someone is the thing that will resonate with an audience. When you finish a song and make the audience feel like they know you a little better after listening, that is the ultimate goal.

If you were asked to give a rising Canadian country star some advice, what would that advice be?

Gosh, I don’t even know. To be honest there is no right path or right way to do things. Over all the most important things to remember are to be kind, stay humble, work realllllly hard and just don’t give up. It sounds cliche but I honestly believe that crazy things happen every day and you have to just continue no matter what obstacles you encounter.

Canada has a hugely talented Country music scene; can you suggest an up & coming artist that you think we should all be on the lookout for?

Jojo Mason. Ya’ll get ready!

One thing that is a major marketing innovation these days is social media, making it possible for artists to connect with their fans by a simple touch of the keyboard. Do you feel this is a vital tool that all artists should partake in?

Absolutely. The internet is most vital and important tool I think we have as artists these days. We can share information and connect with people all around the world in seconds. Having the information to utilize it is something that artists of any kind or business owner needs to know.

There are so many great performers taking the stage at the CCMA awards in Halifax, NS, which are you most looking forward to?

I am really looking forward to seeing Thomas Rhett and Steven Lee Olson perform!

What’s up next for you?

What’s next for me is heading out on the road promoting the new single, and then kicking off my leg of the Dean Brody and Paul Brandt Road Trip Tour! I can not wait!

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

I LOVE YOU GUYS, Cant wait to see my Ontario people on the road.


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