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Fascinated (Country)

Who fascinates you? Fascinated (country) goes to Canadian Country Radio

Who Fascinates you?Fascinated (Country)

I'm very excited that Fascinated is going to radio. I'm too young to have children, but I think it feels a little like when your kid goes to school and it's her first day. I hope the kids at radio treat her well.  So far so good. According to the Canada Country Aircheck newsletter, Fascinated has been in the Top 5 DMDS downloads this week. For those of you who don't know, DMDS is the system that labels and indies use to send their songs to radio.  Keep your ears open for Fascinated on your local country station while your driving or wherever you listen. If you hear the song, let me know so I can thank that station. If your station has request hours, please request the song (if you like it, of course - I know my music is not for everyone, but hopefully you like ti). Hit me up on Facebook or tweet me @maddyrodriguez  I would love to hear from you. Also, if you want, you can play the song on Spotify or get it on iTunes

AND REMEMBER VALENTINE"S DAY is COMING. You can gift/send/share Fascinated different versions when my Fascinated EP comes out February 1st!!! xoxo I dare you to send it to that secret (or not so secret) crush. You know you have one. Lol.

xoxo Maddy

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Maddy Rodriguez playing in Port Coquitlam

It’s been a good summer. I’ve been writing and playing as I work towards a move to Nashville

Maddy Rodriguez playing in Port Coquitlam

Playing in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

It's been a good summer.  

Playing in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

It’s been a good summer.  I played about 16 shows, from small ones for about 20 people, to impromptu busking sessions in downtown Toronto, to several private shows for the guests of the Via Rail train “The Canadian” (a trip that goes across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto - I was the ‘artist on board'), to a headliner spot for the City of Port Coquitlam’s Summer in The City festival, to a show at a summer camp for over 200 teens. That one was awesome! So many thanks to Centauri Arts Camp. I used to go there when I was little! You guys will always have a place in my heart! ...Besides performing, I shot material for a music video while I was on the amazing Via Rail train “The Canadian". Thanks to Via Rail and the crews. You guys rock! You made me feel so welcome and so appreciated. It was such a pleasure to play for you and all the guests whilst enjoying the beautiful Canadian views. I’ll never forget witnessing the Rocky Mountains pass by through those panoramic windows… I made many new fans and friends, and for that I am so grateful. And I must say, the food on board was DEEELICIOUS!

Maddy at Centauri 2014

Playing to 200+ kids at Centauri Arts Camp 2014

Playing to 200+ kids at Centauri Arts Camp 2014

Now, as the summer comes to an end, I am writing, writing, writing! Lots of new songs in the oven! I’ve also been working hard at my part-time job to save money to move to Nashville for 6 months (January - June 2015). It’s a long journey and there are many bumps in the road and the mountain at the end of the journey is really big (insert more metaphors here)! …Basically, this dream of mine is crazy. As a songwriter and artist, the odds are stacked against you! There’s just so much competition. But when it’s in your heart, it’s in your heart. I love what I do and I love the difficulty of it. There’s a certain excitement, a certain magical fire that fills you up when you try to achieve something that’s nearly impossible to achieve! …I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know if my dreams will pan out. But do any of us? Life is weird and unpredictable and all you can do is work hard, enjoy the Now and strive to make the most of what you’ve got! Well I haven’t GOT a lot of money - no big budgets for videos or million dollar recordings, no money for radio promotion (did you know it costs a ton of $$$ to get your song played on radio - even the big stars have to pay a 'radio promoter / tracker' whose job is to persuade the programmers to play the song). I haven’t got a major label deal or a #1 song on Country radio. But I’ve got passion, talent, and a love for songwriting. I’ve got little victories like my songwriting awards, and successful youtube videos like my cover of Some Nights. I’ve got many opportunities to travel and write with other writers, meet with people in the business, and play shows. Opportunities that many people would love to have, but don’t. And I’VE GOT YOU GUYS. My little fan-ily (get it? fans? family? = Fan-ily) …All of you who have listened to my music over the last few years and shown your support online or in person. I am thankful for the encouragement you’ve given me. Can’t thank you enough for enjoying my songs, for your likes and comments, for believing in me… Here’s to a great summer and here’s to what’s next! xoxoxxx

Maddy Rodriguez Via Rail 2014

A photo from my Via Rail train sessions 2014

 

 

 

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My new song ANIMAL

I wrote ANIMAL a couple of years ago and last year I was very fortunate to get a Creation grant from the Ontario Arts Council's Popular Music program, with which I was able to record it. I'm very happy of how it turned out. I've gotten very good feedback about ANIMAL from experienced music people in Nashville and I hope people like it. Thank you to all the musicians who played on the recording and thank you to Johnny Simmen for co-producing it with me and mixing the track. Animal is going to radio stations across Canada and I hope music directors and programmers like it and spin it.  Here's a behind the scenes video of the recording sessions:

 Animal will be on iTunes worldwide on May 7, 2014, the day of my showcase at Canadian Music Week 2014 (Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 8 pm).

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“All The Wasted Time” still doing well in the US

Maddy's song "All The Wasted Time" is still going strong on US radio according to the Spin Tracking System:

STS Top 100 Singles Top 40 and AC/Hot AC formats # 14

STS Country Main Chart #21

STS AC/HOT AC Main Chart # 11

Get "All The Wasted Time" -  iTunes US   iTunes Canada (also on Amazon and eMusic)

All The Wasted Time has been steady on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart at #174

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“Don’t Be a Stranger” CD Release show

Come to my debut album's CD Release Show and Party at the Hard Rock Café in Toronto. I'd love to meet you in person :)

 

ALL AGES and family friendly :)

Tickets: $10 if you register in advance ($15 at the door, subject to availability) 

**You can purchase tickets in advance with a CC or a PayPal account here:http://guestli.st/87348 

**OR register via Email. Just tell us you want to come to the release party, and we'll put your name on a list, and save you a $10 ticket at the door: tix@maddyrodriguez.com

Limited space, so get your tickets asap :)

2:00pm - Doors Open
2:30pm - Guest artist
3:15pm - Calling August
4:00pm - Maddy Rodriguez
5:00pm - Meet & Greet / photo opp / hang out (CDs will be available and Maddy will love to sign your copy)

**Entrance is on Yonge Street a few steps south of the Hard Rock's entrance on the corner. Venue is up the stairs. There is limited space so get your tickets early. 

Maddy Rodriguez - guitar and vocals, Ryan Boisselle - guitars, Alex St. Kitts - bass, Chad Davis - drums and percussions

MEDIA INQUIRIES, questions, Contact: jaime(at)maddyrodriguez.com

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‘Me’ in 15 seconds = James Taylor and Carole King’s grandchild… and cabbage soup.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I'm participating in a blogfest/challenge with fellow songwriteers from the Songwriters Association of Canada and the lovely Ariel Hyatt (of Ariel Publicity). It's helping me be disciplined about writing tweets & a blog for y'all to read every week! It's also a chance for me to get to know all my fellow Canadian songwriters better.  So here's my post for the 2nd week of this blogging party :) ...

In the music business, they have this term called "The 30 second pitch." It's what you do when you meet other people in the bizzz. They'll usually ask you: "So what's your music like?" That's the part where you confidently describe your music. But most artists will say: "I don't know. It doesn't really fit into one genre." or "It's just me - you've never heard anything like it." Maybe that's true, but the person talking to you is still wondering: "what's your music like?" Think of a blind date. I can't say I've been on many. But I know that there are certain questions you ask... "Where did you grow up?",  "What's your favourite movie?", "Are you looking for a relationship or just looking for fun?"  Can you imagine if your date couldn't answer those questions? It would be so hard to get to know who they are, and if they're right for you. And you'd immediately get the impression that they were unsure of themselves, unsure of who they are. That's why it's good to have a 30 second pitch, a short but SPECIFIC description of yourself that sums you up in less than a minute. Even if you're not an artist...this is good for job interviews, or scholarship reviews. It's good to have for dating too because you'll probably get that annoyingly vague request: "So, tell me about yourself."

Since y'all are my fans (or future fans), I consider you my friends. And I consider my friends, my family. A family is supposed to know one another super well. So, it's only logical that I share my 30 second pitches with you, so you get to know me better! (Actually, I think they're around 15 seconds!! Unless you speak slowly.) 

Music Pitches:

"If James Taylor and Carole King had a baby boy and he grew up and married Taylor Swift, and if the two of them had a baby girl and made Carlos Santana her Godfather and the baby girl grew up to be a singer-songwriter, That would be me."

Or if I'm in a more serious mood - "I'm a singer-songwriter and my music is based on steal string & classical guitar. It's New Country: Zac Brown slash Taylor Swift. And it's very influenced by songwriters from the seventies and Latin music."

 

Dating Pitches:

Me in a nutshell: "I'm Latin like Shakira, smart like Steve Jobs, strikingly beautiful like Jessica Alba, huh-larious like Russel Peters, wonderfully silly like Katy Perry and adorable like Selena Gomez." ...KIDDING! I wouldn't say that. I'm not cocky like that! And those statements are only 98% true. ...I'd let him figure out my awesome qualities on his own. haha."

This is actually what I might say - "I grew up in Toronto - still growing actually. But I've always had a fantasy of living in some place like Spain. And then one day I'd like to have a house in the country - maybe on a ranch even though I don't know how to ride horses. My favourite movie is curently the original Arthur. I also love The Notebook because I'm a romantic and all romantics love The Notebook. I wouldn't say I'm looking for a relationship. I would say I'm looking for the right person... Oh and I love music more than I'll probably ever love you, no offense. I also love to cook. I make really good soups!" etcetera, etcetera.

On a completely different note, I just thought I'd remind you that my song "Don't Play With My Heart," the first single from my debut album is coming out this month on iTunes Canada and in February on iTunes worldwide. Check out the lyric video.

Back to soup!!! It's been a while since I posted one of my recipes. I think it's time. Here is my original cabbage soup recipe:

- 1 tbsp of butter

- 1 Spanish onion

- stock left over from cooking a chicken

- 6 cups of water

- chopped carrots, potatoes and a couple tomatoes

- half a head of cabbage, shredded

- shredded chicken

- 1 tbsp dried basil

- 1 tbsp of lemon juice

- 1 tsp of sugar

Heat the butter over the medium heat & sauté the onion for 5 minutes. Add the vegetables (not the cabbage yet), then the stock and water. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat & simmer for half an hour. Add the rest of the ingredients including the shredded cabbage & cook for another 20 minutes. Season with salt & pepper! Voilá, you're done! Mmmmm.

Your music and soup loving friend,                                                                                   Maddy Rodriguez

 cabbage soup

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Successes and GO-ALS

So, in my New Year's blog post I gave y'all an idea: to write down all the memorable things you did or accomplished in 2011 (because it'd make you feel good about your lovely self)... Well, this week, I started participating in a blogfest/challenge with fellow songwriteres from the Songwriters Association of Canada and uber publicist Ariel Hyatt, and I learned a new thingie that also makes you feel good about yourself. Basically, you take 5 minutes at the end of the day to write down 5 successes you had that day.  If you're an extremely fast thinker & writer-downer you might just take 5 seconds. You do this every day for a whole entire year. It's great for artists because it trains you to focus on the positive things you achieve, whether it's a good performance or a genius lyric idea... instead of beating yourself up on what you did wrong, or worse, what you didn't do at all. But this is truly valuable for anybody. We could all use more positivity and recognizing your daily successes really helps.

 

Here's the list I wrote yesterday:

  • Finished a verse for anew song
  • Made dinner for myself - fried kale & mushrooms & couscous... A little dry, but overall quite delicious
  • Invented a quote: "Don't complain because the food is dry. Give thanks because the food is there." and then I tweeted it ;)
  • Perfected a guitar part for one of my songs
  • Wrote a nice blog post
 
You know what will be fun? Reading all of these lists on the last day of 2012. Hey!! Then you won't have to struggle to remember everything you did. See? this is wonderful, don't you think? I do. 
 
Another good thing is writing down your goals. Obvioulsy. Without goals, your chances of accomplishing your dreams, whether they're big or small, are not as good. That's why they're called GO-ALS, they help you GO and make things happen. I don't know about you but I couldn't live without my to-do lists. It does stress me out though, to come up with goals for an entire year, or my whole life. I guess you could say my bucket list is like a giant list of random goals, so at least I've got that. But in terms of concrete things I want to accomplish in 2012, I don't normally think past next week. So even though it was a little overwhelming, today I challenged myself to put goals into categories (thanks Ariel).
 
Here are some:
 
 
Music career goals for 2012:
 
  • Write at least 20 new songs
  • Release my debut album, "Don't Be a Stranger" in March and bug my best friends to tell all of their friends to tell all of their friends to tell all of their friends to buy it (let's get it on the charts!)
  • Get my first single "Don't Play With My Heart" into the top 10 in Canada
  • Become good at Photoshop so that I can design my own graphics
 
General goals for me & the fam this year:
 
  • Learn how to make Paella (a really complicated Spanish dish..but so yummy
  • Make my Dad quit smoking by March
  • Join a gym this month, in addition to the Tae Kwon Do gym...for strength training
  • Do something special for the Sick Kids Foundation like go there to play a set for the children (I used to be more involved with them when I was younger)
 
Lifetime Goals (taken from my bucket list:
 
  • Be an artist on The Ellen Degeneres show withing 2 years
  • Play at Madison Square Garden (because my name is actually Madison) by my 25th birthday
  • Write & record a seriously awesome rap
  • Write a cookbook by the time I'm 40
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Your more-positive-and-more-organized-than-yesterday friend,
Maddy Rodriguez
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Autumn air and Avril Lavigne

Fall colours in OntarioDue to my nasty cold that keeps lingering, I've been cooped up in my house recently and I haven't been going out very much. I also haven't been very busy because I finished recording a while ago and now we're in a waiting period (waiting to release the album, waiting to play more shows). And the combination of being sick plus not being very busy brings me down. Do you know what I mean? Do you ever feel low because your mind isn't occupied enough, and you're stuck in you house going over all the things that are wrong in your life?... Well that's how I was feeling yesterday, but then in the afternoon I went out of the house to go to work and noticed immediately that it was gorgeous outside! All of a sudden it was Fall! I loooove Fall! I love the colours (especially orange). I love the temperature. I love the wind. I love the leaves on the ground. So today I went to the park and took in some more Autumn air and walked around till my toes started to freeze (I didn't have warm enough socks - I should know better - always wear warm fuzzy socks!). Anyway, I started to think about the fact that you can go a long time without even noticing the bigger picture. You can be so caught up in your own sucky world, that you don't see that the real world around you is looking pretty beautiful. That's my inspirational thought of the day. If you're like me, maybe you needed it.

On a completely different note, I felt like telling you about my new favourite song. It's "Wish You Were Here" by Avril Lavigne. I've always had mixed feelings about Avril. You know those crazy fans she had when she started? - the 5th graders who wore ties on top of their T-shirts, and idolized the skater boy image?...that wan't me. I was super duper girly. Haha. So I was never a huge fan. But I always respected her talent! (And her song "Girlfriend" was my jam in like grade 7). This song, "Wish You Were Here,"  has made me a TRUE fan though! Her performance in the video is stellar - so heart wrenching...I think it's one of the realest songs/videos out there today. Love you Avril! Canadians represent!

Love your Autumn-loving friend,

Maddy

 

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