Access Stage - Saturday June 15, 8:15 pm
About the Artist
Hailing from Maple Ridge, BC, Madeline Merlo is a CCMA Award and two-time BCCMA Award winning artist, with four Top 15 singles under her belt. Just weeks after a recent move to Nashville, Merlo landed on US Weekly’s List of best-dressed artists at the Country Music Awards. She is currently collaborating with some of the biggest names in country on new music, continuing to live up to Spotify’s prediction that she will be one of the biggest rising stars to watch.
Merlo’s latest single, “Motel Flamingo,” a vibrant, upbeat track, flew up the charts to land Top 10 at Canadian Country Radio. Produced by Karen Kosowski, the up-tempo song is reflection of Madeline’s unique tropical, bohemian vibe. After winning CCMA Rising Star in 2015 and BCCMA Female Artist of the Year two years in a row, Merlo released a series of successful singles, including; “Whatcha Wanna Do About It”, which cracked the Top 10 at Canadian Country Radio along with landing on Sirius XM’s #OnTheHorizon List, her follow up “War Paint”, which deeply resonated with fans on social media, and was the #1 Most Added country song in Canada in its debut week, along with the, soulful, breakup ballad, “Over & Over”. All three songs are featured on Merlo’s debut album, Free Soul, released in 2016.
In 2017 Merlo starred alongside Jana Kramer and Sophie Tweed-Simmons in the musical film, Country Crush, which saw her play the lead role of a young woman trying to make it as a country singer. She went out on the road to open for Dean Brody on his epic Beautiful Freakshow Tour, taking to the stage to perform in 14 cities. She was also the only female artist nominated for Country Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and recently surpassed more than 4 million streams of her hits on Spotify – from a global streaming audience that covers 61 countries.
After the initial success of her hit “Honey Jack,” Merlo opened for country royalty Keith Urban and went on to scoop up 2015’s Rising Star award at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards and Female Vocalist of the Year at the British Columbia Country Music Association Awards. Then she rounded out the year touring with heavyweights Dean Brody and Paul Brandt.
Madeline Merlo has always had eclectic taste, and in her music you’ll hear the influence of classic country artists like Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, R&B greats Etta James and Billie Holiday and modern superstars such as Miranda Lambert. Merlo is a champion of local artisans and is passionate about promoting new designers. Her free-spirited style is as unique as her sound.