Madeline Merlo

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Madeline Merlo
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Madeline Merlo in July 2015
Background information
Birth name Madeline Rae Merlo
Born (1994-02-09) February 9, 1994 (age 24)
Origin Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2013–present
Labels Open Road Recordings
Associated acts Tim Hicks

Madeline Merlo (born February 9, 1994 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia[1]) is a Canadian country music singer-songwriter. She signed to Open Road Recordings in 2013 and released her debut album, Free Soul, three years later. In 2015, Merlo received the "Rising Star" award from the Canadian Country Music Association.


Merlo was discovered by Vancouver writer/producer Dan Swinimer at age 17. Swinimer signed Madeline to his production company "Manicdown Productions" and worked with her for close to 2 years before helping her secure a record contract with Open Road Recordings in February 2013. She released her debut single, "Sinking Like a Stone", produced and co-written by Swinimer in February 2014.[2] It charted for twenty weeks on the Billboard Canada Country chart, peaking at number 32.[3] A self-titled extended play was released via Open Road on July 22, 2014.[4] Her single "Honey Jack" became a national hit across Canada, landing her the opening slot on The Road Trip Tour alongside Dean Brody and Paul Brandt. She starred in the feature film Country Crush and also did the singing voice of Sonata Dusk in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks. Madeline Merlo is the 2015 CCMA Rising Star and BC CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year. Her debut album, Free Soul, was released on April 29, 2016. It includes the previously-released singles as well as two subsequent top-15 hits, "Whatcha Wanna Do About It" and "War Paint".


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak
Free Soul 88

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Madeline Merlo
  • Release date: July 22, 2014
  • Label: Open Road Recordings


Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN Country
2014 "Sinking Like a Stone" 32 Free Soul
"Alive" 42
2015 "Honey Jack" 25
2016 "Whatcha Wanna Do About It" 10
"War Paint" 13
2017 "Over and Over" 13
"Motel Flamingo" 8 TBA
2018 "Neon Love"[6] 11

Christmas singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2014 "Jolly Ol' Redneck"[7] Non-album singles
2016 "White Christmas"[8]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2014 "Sinking Like a Stone" Adam Rothlein
"Alive" John "JP" Poliquin
2016 "Whatcha Wanna Do About It" Adam Rothlein
"War Paint" (Unplugged) Rami Mikhail
2017 "Over and Over"
"Motel Flamingo" Jaren Hayman
2018 "Neon Love" Wes Edwards

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2015 Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star Won
2016 Female Artist of the Year Nominated
British Columbia Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Won
Album of the Year - Free Soul Nominated
Single of the Year - "What Ya Wanna Do About It" Nominated
Video of the Year - "War Paint" Nominated
2017 Western Canadian Music Awards Country Artist of the Year Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ Zimmer, Eric (March 24, 2014). "Maple Ridge musician chasing her dream". Maple Ridge Times. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  2. ^ "Madeline Merlo on CBC Music". CBC Music. Archived from the original on March 1, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Madeline Merlo Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Madeline Merlo – Madeline Merlo". AllMusic. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "Madeline Merlo Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "MADELINE MERLO'S SET TO RELEASE CATCHY SUMMER ANTHEM, "NEON LOVE" APRIL 27". Open Road Recordings. April 25, 2018. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  7. ^ RGK Admin (December 2, 2014). "Sneak Peek: Madeline Merlo's "Jolly Ol' Redneck"". Top Country. TC Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "White Christmas - Single by Madeline Merlo". Open Road Recordings. Retrieved December 17, 2016.

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