Madeline Edwards has released her self-titled EP! You can be streamed here. “This EP has been in the works for over two years, the influences that helped shape the sound of it have been in the works for even longer. I’m excited for everyone to hear the beginning of a new chapter in this musical journey”, said Madeline in a recent interview. It has been just over a year since Edwards relocated to Nashville and she has accomplished things that can take people years and years of hard work to achieve. Since moving to Music City, Madeline has performed at the CMAs alongside Brittney Spencer and Mickey Guyton, sang on a cover of a Lady Gaga song alongside The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby and Maren Morris), was named to Spotify’s Hot Country Artists to Watch 2022 list, CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2022, and Color Me Country’s Class of 2022. Edwards will also join Chris Stapleton on his All American Road Show Tour, appearing on several dates during the summer. “Chris and Morgane Stapleton are my musical heroes. Just how they are as people and how they carry themselves is so inspiring to me. They are so open about being all in for family but at the same time they are so private,” said Edwards.
The tour announcement follows Edwards’ national TV debut earlier this year as well as her inclusion on several Ones To Watch Lists. Madeline recounted how she found out that she was going to be performing on the CMAs alongside Brittney Spencer and Mickey Guyton. ‘Mickey Facetimed myself and Brittney one morning and said that the CMAs asked her if she wanted anyone else to perform on the stage with her… She basically said, ‘you both are going to be singing with me that night.’ Neither Brittney or I could believe it or thought it was real. Once the night came and I was on the stage, I was so nervous. If that moment was the peak of my career, so be it. I took it all in.’ You can relive the CMA performance here. Also named to the Color Me Country Class of 2022, Edwards noted, “it means so much to me because Rissi has been a huge supporter. Rissi and her Rainy Day fund- which is a grant made available to new artists who need help funding their projects- is the reason I could release my song, “Best Revenge.”
Edwards, who is the oldest of 5 siblings, grew up in California before relocating to Texas and calling Houston home. “I always played music and grew up around music. I remember my mom put myself and my siblings in Piano lessons at 4 years old and I absolutely hated it. I had a super tough teacher, and it was so hard for me to read music. I remember around 13 or 14 I started writing songs and went back to the piano.” She recalls playing in piano and jazz lounges at just 14 years old, performing for 4 or 5 nights in a row until 2020. “I have put over 10,000 hours into my vocal cords and my music. I took the leap to Nashville because I wanted to be a recording artist and not a lounge singer.” Edwards does not like to be bound to any genre; she gravitates to whatever sound moves her. “I always gravitate to what is good and what moves me. I need to study a genre before I do it. I started with Miles Davis, then Karen Carpenter. Jazz and Country are so much alike. When it comes to my own music, I do my own thing but respectfully. This has been ingrained in me.’ Another career marker for Madeline was putting out her 2021 song “The Road”, which received over one million streams in the first few months and now has well over half a million.
This is not all the recent news coming out of the Edward camp, at her EP release party this past week, Edwards was invited to make her Grand Ole Opry debut by the legendary Wendy Moten. Make sure you catch Madeline taking the Opry stage on August 13!
You can follow Madeline on Instagram at @makingmadeline and find more information on her website here.