Our third delightful teenager is 17 year old Australian singer/songwriter Maddi Rose. Rose was born in Tasmania but currently resides in Queensland on the Gold Coast of Australia.
She recently toured the United States, including shows at two world-famous venues - The Bitter End in New York City and the Whiskey-a-go-go in Los Angeles. I had the distinct pleasure of catching her set in Los Angeles.
Rose reminded me of a combination of Avril Lavigne meets Michelle Branch with a little bit of Carrie Underwood thrown in. She had a remarkable stage presence and the same incredible chemistry with her original band members Aya Shimizu on violin and keys and her brother Lachlan Saward on the bass as she did with the musicians who were hired just for the U.S. tour.
Although her website calls her music "alternative with a pop/rock slant," there was quite a bit of a country edge to her music. Down under, Rose has performed at many well known festivals and has a very sincere fan-base, not to mention that killer Aussie accent, which we all love here in the States!
Rose has also supported many touring artists and recorded at The Grove Studios in Sydney. She recently received a paid seven week songwriting/recording stint in Los Angeles, which featured some of the world’s best studio musicians as well as a Grammy award winning engineer.
Rose's set list included her current single, Anything but Okay, rocker These Tragedies, teenage love song High School Love, as well as Conscious But Barely Breathing, Beautiful, Full Circle, Reverse, and Empty Room. I was most impressed with Reverse, and believe it could be a huge radio hit. Her set dynamic was incredible, starting strong with her current single and ending just as strong with Reverse and Empty Room.
Maddi Rose may be only 17 years old, but she knows how to write, how to sing, and how to work a room. This multi-talented artist is on the road to the top - glad I got to catch her on the way up.