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Album cover Man Overboard EP

Game Changer. Chapter # 1. Man Overboard EP.

Album cover Man Overboard EPAre you his Game Changer?

Game Changer is the fist song on my my Man Overboard EP. I got the idea for the song from a line that Ryan Gosling says in the movie "Crazy Stupid Love." It's the scene where he's telling Steve Carell on the phone about falling in love with Emma Stone and says "I met a girl and she's a game changer." I thought  man, that's a good title! It made me think of how I was the game changer to my boyfriend, and he became mine. I had never fallen for someone like that before. It changed my world... I made a mental note of the title and saved it for later. About a year later, I wrote the chorus and brought it to my friend Brett Truitt in Nashville (he's an awesome writer and producer and has a duo called Truitt).

We wrote the song from the perspective of convincing "that" person you're into that despite how scary falling for someone can be, you could be their Game Changer! You could be the one who changes their world. You could be the one.

 

Game Changer  lyrics

By Maddy Rodriguez and Brett Truitt

 

I heard she stole your heart and smashed it

You won’t let anybody else patch it up

I heard that now you’re just another player

You always break it off before you get hurt

Baby I can change your world

 

I know you’re tired Of girls that screwed you over

I ain’t like the others Baby let me prove it

Anything you want for you I can do it

Trust me I can make you love me

I know you think about me

Why you’re trying to fight it

Give it a shot

Baby won’t you try it out

I could be the game changer

 

I could be what you didn’t think you wanted

This might be even better than your wildest dreams

You need a little light in your darkness

Your heart is locked and baby, I’m the key

 

I know you’re tired

Of girls that screwed you over

I ain’t like the others

Baby let me prove it

Anything you want for you

I can do it

Trust me I can make you love me

I know you think about me

Why you’re trying to fight it

Give it a shot

Baby won’t you try it out

I could be the

Only thing that change your life

Change your heart and change your mind

Baby, you know I would treat you right

 

I know you’re tired

Of girls that screwed you over

I ain’t like the others

Baby let me prove it

Anything you want for you

I can do it

Trust me I can make you love me

I know you think about me

Why you’re trying to fight it

Give it a shot

Baby won’t you try it out

I could be the Game Changer

 

CHORUS x2

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“You can drown, for all I care.” Man Overboard, the single, is out! Chapter 2 of my new EP.

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I am so happy and relieved. My single, Man Overboard, the title track of my new EP album is finally out. It dropped at midnight last night. It's been a long road on this project.  I wrote it a couple of years ago and it's about that old crazy thing that happens in relationships when you think he's going to change and he never does. Man Overboard is about that moment when you realize you've had enough. It's Chapter 2 of my new EP, Man Overboard, dropping May 20th. Each song is part of the story. When the EP comes out, listen to Chapter 1, the prequel song to Man Overboard. It's called Game Changer. That's when you're sure he's the one... http://bit.ly/ManOverboardSingle

Man Overboard

Words and music by Maddy (Madison) Rodriguez

 The wind is heavy

The clouds grow dark

Another tsunami

Ripping us apart and baby

 

You know I love you

I don’t give up, when the storm gets bad

But you’re afraid of injuries

So you won’t love me back

 

You never stick it out long enough

For the storm to pass

All you know how to do

Is give up and pack your bags

 

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

You jump into the water, swim to the shore

Just when I am needing you the most to stay

In the middle of the storm you always run away

Shame on me for thinking that you’d stick around

You fooled me like you’ve done so many times before

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

 

You race back to me

When you figure out that you’re alone

And usually I let you

Come back onto the boat

 

But eventually you abandon me

You always bail when you get scared

So I won’t take you in again

You can drown for all I care

 

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

You jump into the water, swim to the shore

Just when I am needing you the most to stay

In the middle of the storm you always run away

Shame on me for thinking that you’d stick around

You fooled me like you’ve done so many times before

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

 

You’re so predictable

And yet I always fall for you

But I can’t do this anymore with you

We’ve just been here too many times before

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

You jump into the water, swim to the shore

Just when I am needing you the most to stay

In the middle of the storm you always run away

Shame on me for thinking that you’d stick around

You fooled me like you’ve done so many times before

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

Once again I’m shouting man overboard

 © 2014, 2015, 2016  Maddy (Madison) Rodriguez

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I'm very grateful to FACTOR (Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings) for their assistance in the production of this song:

FACTOR and CANADA wordmarks

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government
of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement
du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

Finally, many thanks to Pledge Music and my pledgers for their amazing contributions that allowed me to record the new EP.

Love,

Maddy

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My Pledge Music campaign at 78% of goal, but need to reach 100 %

Maddy Rodriguez in Campeche, Mexico

Hi There,

I hope you had an awesome Holiday Season and a fantastic New Years!!! I sure did :) I spent Christmas at home in Toronto with my parents, and my boyfriend and his fam too! And then I got to visit my Dad's side of the family in Campeche, Mexico. It was so nice seeing my cousins and aunts and uncles who all live there. I hadn't seen them in 2 years!

But now I'm back in music mode thinking about my recording coming up. I'm hoping to finish 6 songs before Feb 20th, which is when I'm going back to Nashville. 3 or 4 of the songs will be on my New EP coming out in the Spring (if all goes well and we raise 100% of the money we need to record)... The other couple of songs I will use to present to my publishing contacts in Nashville when I meet with them in Feb/March! It's gonna be a lot of work getting these new songs done, but it's my favourite kind of work! I love it!!!

As I've mentioned before, we won't actually be able to complete my New EP and the new demos, if we don't get my PledgeMusic campaign to 100% of the goal! This is because PledgeMusic won't give us ANY of the money we raised unless we reach 100%! And I cannot afford the cost to finish these recordings by myself.

...We hit 78% of the goal a few days ago, which is awesome!!! Thank you so much if you donated. But we have 2 weeks left and we still need to get to 100%. So if you haven't already, please consider pledging and pre-ordering the new EP (which is only $10 !!). It'll mean the world to me!!! There's still some great exclusives left too, which you can receive in return for you donation - such as a signed CD, or a Skype session with me, or your name in the liner notes, or if you live in the Toronto areal - a house concert!!!

I'm very excited about my new songs and I can't wait to share them with you. But I need your help to raise the rest of the money to record them! We're at 78% guys - SO CLOSE!!  Please pledge here if you can: http://www.pledgemusic.com/maddyrodriguez

Btw: All pledgers get behind the scenes access to the recording process and get to hear the songs before anyone else!

All the best to you this 2016! I hope it's the year that your dreams come true!

Love,

Maddy Xox

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Music Ontario Songwriting Challenge

Passing the Torch in Canadian Music. Canada’s Music Incubator.

 

Music Ontario Songwriting Challenge

What did it mean to me to be selected for Music Ontario’s Songwriting Challenge (in partnership with the Bell Media National Songwriting Initiative and the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations)?

Well, it meant the world!

I recently wrote about how I felt after winning the Grand Prize and Lennon Award in the John Lennon Songwriting Competiton. I wrote that it’s always a wonderful feeling to be recognized for your talent. As an artist and songwriter starting out, sometimes you question yourself as to whether you’re good enough, whether you’re going to be able to make a living with your art. There are so many obstacles and such strong competition in the music business that you really have to believe in yourself to keep going. Winning the prizes from the JLSC and being selected to take part in Music Ontario’s Songwriting challenge reinforce my belief in myself. I can do this!

At Coalition with Music Ontario songwriters

About 200 talented Ontario songwriters applied for the songwriting challenge, but there were only 5 spots available! Of course I was elated to have been chosen. To work with a songwriter and producer like Gavin Brown (Metric, Barenaked Ladies) was amazing! I am very happy with the song we came up with. I hope the song gets cut by a major artist so you can hear it on the radio in the future! You may not know how valuable a mentorship like the one provided by this opportunity means in specific terms, but I can tell you that it is expensive to book a great studio like Coalition Music to write and record. It’s expensive to produce good quality pitchable demos and it’s really, really hard to meet and collaborate with established awesome producers like Gavin. Beyond that, to know that your talent is taken seriously, that’s priceless.

I am very grateful to Music Ontario, the Bell Media National Songwriting Initiative and the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations for this opportunity. I promise you I will continue to work very hard to make it in this business and make you proud. Best, Maddy Rodriguez

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Such an honor to play ASCAP Presents at The Bluebird Cafe

ASCAP Presents at The Bluebird Cafe. June 3, 2015

ASCAP Presents at The Bluebird Cafe. June 3, 2015

Wow that was somethin else!! 🙉So insanely thankful I got the chance to play at The Bluebird with such fantastic writers @coreycrowder @coletaylormusic@sebmevans !!!! Big thanks to Mike from ASCAP for believing in my songwriting and inviting me to play this round! And also a huge thanks to@misscourtneya and Bart from NSAI for coming out to support!!!

ASCAP Presents poster.

ASCAP Presents poster. That's me there!!!

 

Maddy Rodriguez Bluebird Cafe 3 June 2015

Listening and waiting my turn :)

 

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Maddy Rodriguez in Northern Ontario

Thank you!!! What winning a Grand Prize and Lennon Award in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest means to me.

Hey Fanily!

Just want to thank you all so much for voting for "Fascinated" in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. It won a Lennon Award!! Wahoo!!! When I won the Grand Prize for the country category in Session II, I was very very honoured! But winning a Lennon Award is extra special because it was YOU who helped me win. 

This is a huge blessing, because now "Fascinated" is in the last stage of the contest: Song of The Year! One song will be chosen and the winner will get a $20,000 cash prize.... That would help me out a TON cause I'm kind of sort of broke... Pursuing music as a career can be really expensive. I'm constantly scraping for money to record new songs and travel back and forth to Nashville. It's tough! Most artists don't make enough money. It takes a lot of work (and money) and luck to break through.

You might not know this about me, but I took a break from school this past year, to just work and save money so that I could make this big trip to Nashville (I'm in Nashville right now for 5 months). You see... money can't buy happiness but it can buy plane tickets to Nashville and recording sessions and guitars... And all of those things make me happy!! The longer I can financially sustain this journey to the top, the longer I can put out great music for you to listen to! So cross your fingers that "Fascinated" wins Song of The Year!!

As always, your support means the world to me. I'm so glad I have a little community to share my music and my experiences with. Hope to make you all very proud one day! 

Hugs and besos,

Maddy

 

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My “Amistad” teaser video on Facebook! 166,000 views :)

 

!Cuando te corta y quiere ser tu amigo! "No soy tu niña estúpida..." Amistad en iTunes ♥ http://smarturl.it/Amistad !Cómprala! (Spotify: http://bit.ly/MaddyonSpotify :)

Posted by Maddy Rodríguez on Saturday, April 11, 2015

I write and record in English for the most part, but I do love to make Spanish versions of some of my songs. Amistad is the Spanish version of my song Friends. Thank you to all of you who liked and shared the clip on Facebook! You rock! Gracias a todas las que les ha gustado mi canción Amistad. Gracias por compartirla, escucharla en Spotify. Y muchas gracias por comprarla en iTunes! xoxo 

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Fascinated (country) on Canadian Radio and up for a #LennonAward

Maddy_radio_thx_image_Fascinated_April_2015Hey there fanily, I'm not great at blogging. I love Instagram though. Follow me there by the way at @maddyrodriguezmusic (https://instagram.com/maddyrodriguezmusic) :)

Having said that, I thought I'd write this quick blog post to thank all the radio stations in Canada that have added my song Fascinated to their playlists and rotation. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! It's no secret in the music industry that it's very, very hard to get songs on the radio, no matter how good the songs are, if you don't have a label behind it (promotion staff and such). Independents like me hire a radio tracker at our expense to try and get music directors and programmers to listen to the song and consider it for airplay. Thank you Lauren Tutty for your hard work ♥ And the competition is fierce. There's a lot of talent out there who wants to be on the radio. So, anyhow, thank you to all of you lovely MDs and MPs who added the song. I am very proud that Fascinated won the Grand Prize in Section II of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and is now up for a #LennonAward. If I win this phase of the contest, I'll take the country category and go for Song of the Year!!! Wouldn't that be just awesome!!! 

 Thank you:

Fascinated by Maddy Rodriguez on these stations April 2015

Radio Station

City or Town

Province

CJQC   (aka QCCR)

Liverpool

Nova Scotia

CICR

Parrsboro

Nova Scotia

CIFA

Comeauville (Saulnierville)

Nova Scotia

CKJM

Cheticamp

Nova Scotia

CFID

Acton Vale

Quebec

CKBN

Becancour

Quebec

CHRQ

Listuguj

Quebec

CJMQ

Sherbrooke

Quebec

CHIP

Fort Coulonge

Quebec

CJDL

Tillsonburg

Ontario

CFBW

Hanover

Ontario

Trans Radio Canada

St Catharines

Ontario

CKWT

Sioux Lookout

Ontario

CIWS

Stouffville

Ontario

CJBB

Englehart

Ontario

CHMO

Moosonee

Ontario

CFDY

Cochrane

Ontario

CKTI

Kettle Point

Ontario

CKCI

Sarnia

Ontario

CFRM

Little Current

Ontario

CJSB

Swan River

Manitoba

CJIE

Winnipeg Beach

Manitoba

CJBP

Neepawa

Manitoba

CJLR

La Ronge

Saskatchewan

CIBN

Buffalo Narrows

askatchewan

CFIS

Prince George

British Columbia

CHMM

Mackenzie

British Columbia

CKFU

Fort St. John

British Columbia

 

 

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Thank you CJQC and CICR in NS, CJDL in ON and CHMM in BC – first stations to add Fascinated!

Maddy w Chet Atkins statue

Saying hello to Mr. Guitar :)

I'm so excited that many people will get to hear Fascinated on country radio in Canada!!! Thank you to CJQC and CICR in Liverpool and Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, CJDL in Tilsonburg, Ontario, and CHMM in Mackenzie, BC for being the first stations to add the song. I cannot it tell you how much it means to me that you guys believe in the song and had a space for it so soon. 

Thank you to CKYC in Owen Sound, Ontario for featuring Fascinated in your "What's New This Week" show. That's awesome!

Thank you Cal Gratton of CIXM in Whitecourt, AB and CJVR in Melfort, SK for featuring the song and for interviewing me. I had a blast!!!

To all the stations in Canada who are considering featuring or playing the song, thank you so much. I am very driven to succeed in the music business and I need all the support I can get. Having said that, I understand it's a tough business (mediabase numbers, etc) and I want you to judge my songs on their merits. Everyone, I've shown Fascinated in Nashville has really liked it!  And it's out just in time for Valentine's Day!!!

Fascinated

words and music by Maddy (Madison) Rodriguez 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

 

Words cannot describe

Just how much I’m

Fascinated by… You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu

 

People say you only fall in love once

But I’m not in agreement

Don’t believe it because

Every single time I’m in your presence

I fall in love again and

All over again

 

Oh and I can’t get enough

I wanna study you baby

Oh and I just want some more

 

Can’t get enough of you

Just want some more of you

 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

 

Words cannot describe

Just how much I’m

Fascinated by… You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu

 

You’re already standing right beside me

But come a little closer

I wanna feel the way you breathe

 

Oh and I can’t get enough

Can’t get enough of you

I wanna study you baby

Oh and I just want some more

Just want some more of you

 

Cuz You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

Words cannot describe

Just how much I’m

Fascinated by…

 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited

To be fascinated

By someone like you

This is more than just a crush now

More than just in love now

This is something new

 

Words cannot describe

Just how much I’m

Fascinated by… You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu

You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu You-ou-ou-ou-ouuuuu 

You don’t know how long I’ve waited! 

© Maddy (Madison) Rodriguez

SOCAN/ASCAP

 

 

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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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