“The clarity of Maddie’s voice could very well be drifting out of a Greenwich Village folk club in the 1960’s. Maddie’s songs are political and deeply empathetic” - Edmonton Folk Fest
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.
With the goal of “uniting the hippies and the cowboys” as Willie Nelson once did decades ago, Storvold is bursting into both the country and folk communities as a fresh voice of a new generation of storytellers. Recently, she won her episode of CTV’s The Launch, receiving the opportunity to record and release a country power ballad, “Don’t Say You Love Me”, written and produced by Bryan Adams. The single shot to #1 on the country charts in less than 3 hours, and peaked at #3 on the overall charts, surpassing Lady Gaga and Pink. The success of “Don’t Say You Love Me” was only perhaps matched by Adams’ and Storvold’s impromptu duet of “Baby When You’re Gone” during her audition.
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 music scene. 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. This summer she will be embarking on an extensive national tour, crisscrossing the country from PEI to Vancouver and back. Check out upcoming festival dates in the “Shows” section above.
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.