If you’ve ever seen the aurora borealis in Northern Alberta, you understand how it can be powerful, ethereal, and fluid all at once. Moving and surprising and alive. Maddie Storvold resembles that powerful phenomenon that often graces the skylines of the province from which she hails.
A country artist with deep roots in folk protest and as a songwriter, Storvold was born in Cold Lake, AB, but raised a traveller, based in Dubai, U.A.E. She grew up as a nomad, playing music all over the world. Her background as a spoken word poet and a degree in Literature & Philosophy from Western University account for a poignant lyricism. With emotive fingerpicking, and a honeyed, impassioned voice, her music seeks to tell a story, to challenge us, and to touch a fragile part of the human spirit. As a live performer, Storvold has been described as having a "commanding stage presence, a quirky sense of humor, and a knack for capturing moments in song" (Vue Weekly). Tough and sweet like gravel in honey, she can make you laugh and cry, think and ache - all in the same hour.
Now a proud prairie troubadour, Storvold calls Edmonton, AB her home. After moving back to Edmonton in 2016, Storvold immersed herself in the city’s vibrant arts community and recorded her debut LP, The Old Brag Of My Heart in bathrooms, basements, treehouses and kitchens, seeking to capture an authentic and unedited experience of each unique song. It was released to a sold-out room, & critical recognition and acclaim in the summer of 2017 (charting Top 10 on folk/roots radio across Canada).
A regular on the folk festival circuit, Storvold has quickly carved out a space for herself in the Canadian She has brought stories and songs to the Edmonton Folk Fest, Canmore Folk Fest, Tiny Lights, and Stampede City Sessions – which records and broadcasts to over 3.5 million households in the United States and Western Canada, to name a few. After receiving funding from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the young folksinger released her second full-length album Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon in December 2018, again to a sold-out room, but this time at the Telus World of Science planetarium, with a choreographed dome dancing above the band. All after embarking on a tour of Western Canada with her trio.
And that’s not all for Storvold. Coming up in 2019, she is being featured prominently on CTV’s The Launch, and official showcasing at Folk Alliance International, in Montreal. Tough and sweet, funny and fresh-faced, this storysinger is quickly gaining attention across Canada as a voice to be reckoned with, harkening in a new generation of country-folk icons.