- STAGE Mainstage
- DAY Friday
- TIME 2:00 pm
For Canadian country music darling Madeline Merlo, 2016 is shaping up to be a big year.
Driving-playlist essential, her new single “Whatcha Wanna Do About It” is the fourth release
from her debut album, set to launch spring 2016. Making CMT’s Top 20 Country Music Chart,
and Sirius XM’s #OnTheHoriszon List, played nationwide in the USA, it’s a toe-tapping follow-
up to last summer’s catchy “Honey Jack,” which received widespread airplay and attracted both
country-and pop-music lovers alike.
After the success of “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 2015 touring with heavyweights Dean Brody and Paul Brandt.
This summer sees Merlo, who was recently selected by Spotify for their “Spotlight on 2016”
artists to watch, taking Canada by storm to perform at major country music festivals across the
country, including Rocking River Country Music Festival, B.C. and Boots and Hearts, Ont. If
you’re not in the foot-stomping crowds, you can catch Merlo in her acting debut in the upcoming
country musical film Country Crush, inspired by the Nashville scene, out this summer. Merlo
plays aspiring singer Nancy Taylor who falls in love in her quest for stardom, alongside Jana
Kramer and Sophie Tweed-Simmons. This is Merlo’s first lead role in a movie, although she has
previously worked with award-winning director John 'JP' Poliquin on the immensely popular
“Alive” music video.
Merlo signed with RGK Entertainment and Open Road Recordings at 18. After several trips to
Nashville her first single, “Sinking Like A Stone”, was added by JRFM in Vancouver, winning
the Hot Country Challenge. The word began to spread and Merlo’s journey began.
Madeline Merlo has always had eclectic taste, and in her music you’ll hear the influence of
classic country of artists like Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, R&B greats Etta James and Billie
Holiday and modern superstars such as Miranda Lambert. She has contributed to Sparkle: An
Inspirational Handbook for Young Girls, which features interviews with female artists,
entrepreneurs and public figures in British Columbia. She’s also performed for the Canadian
Armed Forces as part of Team Canada, a small group of Canadian ambassadors from the sports,
music and entertainment industries visiting Sicily, Italy, and an operations base in Kuwait.
Closer to home Merlo is a champion of local artisans and is passionate about promoting new
designers. She’s an ambassador for Wear Your Label, a conscious clothing line that creates
conversations about mental health. Her boho, free-spirited style as unique as her sound.