Maddie Corinne is a talented singer/songwriter residing in Toronto, Canada. Writing since she was 15, Maddie has established her folk/country curations from the ground up. Drawing from lyrical influences such as Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, John Mayer, Jewel, and Trixie Mattel, Maddie is able to add her own authenticity to her sound. She was drawn to folk music because, at her core, she is a storyteller and the personal narratives that come with folk songs have always been her favorite part about music.
Brilliant acoustics start off Maddie Corinne’s single “Seasick”. Her angelic vocals are finely-calibrated well beyond her years. They echo and trail alongside her guitar with sweet precision and grace. “Seasick” talks about the trials and tribulations of losing a complicated love, but having the confidence to know it’s time to move on. An empowering anthem, “Seasick” leaves room for the listener to interpret the emotive lyrics in whichever way feels suitable for their own life. Heart warming and pure vocals give a calming and soothing effect to the meaningful message. Maddie brings a natural and authentic presence to contemporary music. Stay on the lookout for Maddie Corinne, with releases like “Seasick”, we’ll be hearing a lot more of that name!
Check out “Seasick” here and read more below in our exclusive interview!
Hi Maddie! Can you tell us more about your upbringing and musical influences growing up?
I grew up in a family that was very invested in music – both of my parents worked in the radio and music industry, so I was constantly being exposed to new genres of music and developed an appreciation of music at a very young age. I was the first of my family to fall in love with folk music – I have always been obsessed with the amazing storytellers found within folk/country music. June Carter-Cash, Dolly Parton, and later on artists like Jewel and Kacey Musgraves have all had an incredible ability to paint a vivid picture with their words, and I have always strived to do the same. In the last couple of years my biggest inspiration has been drag folk musician, Trixie Mattel. She was the one who really inspired me to stop singing my songs alone in my bedroom, and start sharing them. My favorite kind of songwriting is writing with a personal specificity, writing where you know those lyrics were plucked directly from their life and laid out in a simple, yet beautiful way. Trixie’s music gives me that feeling, and it’s what I’ve always worked towards as a songwriter.
What’s the main message you want to spread in “Seasick”?
Seasick was actually written the morning before I recorded the last of the vocals for my EP, and I knew I had to add it to the record, regardless of how unrehearsed it was. Seasick was written about a very dizzy and disorienting place in my life, and I think it’s a song that everyone is able to take their own meaning from and have it impact them in some way. Seasick taught me to find steadiness in my life – the only person who can rock the own boat of your life is yourself. I used poetry and metaphors to describe an uneasiness in any relationship, and I am very proud of the lyrics and feeling the song conveys. It’s a song I wrote very quickly and a song I hold very dear to my heart.
What do you hope listeners take away from your music as a whole?
A feeling I wanted to convey with my EP was the same feeling you get when you finish a book that you really enjoyed. I think “Blue Front Door” and “Home” are bookends to a story I wanted to tell once I finally got the confidence to release my music out into the world. I hope they find narrative, crystal-clear pictures, and even imperfections within “Four Chords”, because that is what my EP was always meant to be. I literally wrote these songs on my bathroom floor in the middle of the night and recorded them in my friend’s basement, and I want that journey to reflect in my music. Of course, I also hope they aren’t able to get the songs out of their head. That’s always a bonus!
What is your writing process like?
I always say that if you are not able to write a song easily, it is not a good song. Some of the most amazing folk songs were written in twenty minutes or less – so if it does not come naturally I try not to get too frustrated and come back to it another time. Most of my songwriting takes place between midnight-2am, usually on my bathroom floor (which is very tiny). I try to spend some time listening to my favorite songs before I go into writing, sort of like an inspiration warm-up. When a song is working for me, I tend to write very quickly, because when it’s natural it feels easy. Sometimes it doesn’t go so well and I end up crying on my bathroom floor, but then you just take a break and come back to it another time. Eventually, a song will come.
What’s next for Maddie Corinne?
I am currently playing gigs in Toronto and trying to spread the tunes of “Four Chords” as much as I can! I am working on expanding not only as a performer myself but as a songwriter in any form. I love writing songs for other people just as much as I enjoy writing them for myself, so writing songs and giving them to other people to raise them well is something I am always interested in. I am constantly writing/working on my craft, so you can definitely expect more music on its way!
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