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BIOGRAPHY

Hailing from Maple Ridge, BC, Madeline Merlo is a CCMA Award and two-time BCCMA Award winning artist, with five Top 15 singles under her belt. She is currently collaborating with some of the biggest names in country on new music based in Nashville, TN, continuing to live up to Spotify’s prediction that she will be one of the biggest rising stars to watch.

 Merlo co-wrote her latest single, “Dear Me,” which stays true to the catchy pop-meets-country fusion that Merlo has become known for. The empowering message of the song started out as a journal entry from notes Madeline wrote to her younger self, and it resonates in today’s cultural landscape, where many young women struggle with the pressures of social media. 

 The song follows the success of the pop-meets-country success single, “Neon Love”, which was Merlo’s fifth Top 15 single. Merlo has gone on to accumulate more than 13 million streams of her hits across all digital platforms from a global streaming audience that covers 61 countries.

 After winning CCMA’s Rising Star Award 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. “Motel Flamingo” was the 4th song to land in the Top 15 at Country Radio - a vibrant, upbeat track produced by Karen Kosowski, and a reflection of Madeline’s unique tropical, bohemian vibe. 

After the initial success of her hit “Honey Jack,” Merlo opened for country royalty Keith Urban, and she has since toured with heavyweights Paul Brandt, and Dean Brody on his epic Beautiful Freakshow Tour, and recently returned from touring with Tim Hicks on his Get Loud tour.

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. The film went on to win three awards, and can be found on Netflix and DVD.

 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. Just weeks after a recent move to Nashville, Merlo landed on US Weekly’s List of best-dressed artists at the Country Music Awards.

Get to know Madeline Merlo on ET Canada.

KEY FACTS

  • New single “Dear Me” is Madeline’s highest streaming debut song to date

  • Performed at the 2019 CMA Fest in Nashville, TN

  • Opened for Tim Hicks on the nationwide Get Loud Tour in Fall 2018

  • Madeline was streamed over 1.2 Million times in the United States in 2018

  • Brand ambassador for Palm Bay

  • Nominated for CCMA Female Artist of the Year three years in a row (2016 - 18)

  • Single “Neon Love” reached Top 15 at Canadian country radio, and has over 5 Million streams

  • Has received over 12 Million streams to date in Canada alone

  • Performed her Top 10 hit “Motel Flamingo” on the 2017 CCMA Award broadcast, and was included in CBC’s 100 Best Canadian Songs of 2017

  • Opened for Dean Brody on select dates of the 2017 Beautiful Freakshow Tour

  • Debut album Free Soul reached Top 5 on iTunes Country Album charts in Canada on its first day

  • Winner of 2015 CCMA Rising Star Award

  • Stars alongside Jana Kramer and Sophie Tweed-Simmons in the musical film, “Country Crush”, available on Netflix and DVD.

  • Over 5 Million YouTube views

 

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