Madi Diaz

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Madi Diaz
Madi Diaz performing at Silverlake Lounge in 2014.jpg
Diaz performing at Silverlake Lounge in 2014
Background information
Born (1986-05-14) May 14, 1986 (age 32)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles
Genres Pop, folk, electronic, rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 2007–present
Labels Independent

Madi Diaz (born May 14, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter and musician.

Early life[edit]

Diaz grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where she was home-schooled by her Peruvian mother, Nancy, a proponent of early childhood development and the visual arts, and her Danish father, Eric, a woodworker and musician. Diaz began piano lessons at age five from her father.

In her early teens, Diaz switched from piano to guitar. She was featured in Rock School,[1] director Don Argott's 2005 documentary about the program[2] as Madi Diaz-Svalgard.[3] Her father Eric Svalgård is a member of the Frank Zappa tribute band Project/Object.[4]

Music career[edit]

After high school, Diaz was accepted to Berklee College of Music. At Berklee, she began working with Kyle Ryan, the Nebraska-raised guitarist who would be her songwriting collaborator for her early career. The two began their collaboration when a fellow student, a producer looking for a project, offered Diaz the chance to record an album in Hawaii. The self-released album Skin And Bones (2007) was the result, and a songwriting and performing partnership between Diaz and Ryan stuck. Shortly after, Diaz dropped out of the program at Berklee.

In 2008, Diaz and Ryan continued writing and began playing shows in New York City. There, she met her manager and signed to publisher Cherry Lane Music.[5] Diaz and Ryan were then sent to Nashville for a month to write, and in mid-2010 moved to Nashville.[6]

After releasing the EP, Ten Gun Salute, Diaz began touring with The Civil Wars and Landon Pigg. She was featured in Paste magazine as one of the “Top Ten Buzziest Acts” at SXSW 2009,[7] and had songs featured on cw The originals ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, and Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva, Army Wives, and Princesses: Long Island.

Her EP, Far From The Things That We Know, was released on September 20, 2011, by TinyOGRE Entertainment.[8] The EP was recorded in Los Angeles and Charlottesville, VA with John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) serving as producer. The EP previewed songs from her full-length album, Plastic Moon, which was released in January 2012.

In February 2012, Diaz moved to Los Angeles, marking a new chapter in her music career.[9] Now working solo, her next album, We Threw Our Hearts In The Fire, was released on October 23, 2012.[10]

Diaz appeared as a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly on the January 13, 2014 episode.[11] She released the single "Stay Together" on July 11, 2014. It is the first single off of her album, Phantom, which was released in September 2014.[12]

The song "The End of the Day," written by Diaz and Sarah Siskind, was featured on the television series Nashville, and is performed by Connie Britton and Charles Esten.

In Far Cry 5, Diaz was featured in Dan Romer's "Help Me Faith".


  • Skin and Bone (2007)
  • Ten Gun Salute EP (2009)
  • Far From the Things That We Know EP (2011)
  • Plastic Moon (2012) – No. 20 on Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart
  • We Threw Our Hearts In The Fire (2012)
  • Phantom (2014)
  • Okay To Be Alone EP (2017)



  1. ^ "Cherry Lane's Madi Diaz To Perform At SongHall New Writers Showcase". Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rock School trailer (2004)". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "IMDB listing for Rock School". IMDB. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Marlow, Brett Aaron. "OPENER'S PREVIEW: MADI DIAZ AT THE VIC". Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Hasty, Katie (15 September 2008). "Madi Diaz". Billboard. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Moore, Tracey (24 March 2009). "Paste Mag Gets Buzzed About Nashville Acts at SXSW". Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  7. ^ LaBate, Steve (23 March 2009). "Paste's Top 10 Buzziest Acts of SXSW 2009". Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Peterkin, Caitlin (14 July 2011). "Madi Diaz Announces Tour Dates". Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Naila, Francis (25 March 2012). "Madi Diaz gets more comfortable with her sound on latest album". Bucks County Courier Times. Retrieved 23 July 2014. “Seeing the reaction I was getting when I was performing, that was when I started going, ‘Oh, maybe I don’t suck at this. Maybe I can actually do this,’ ” says Diaz, a former School of Rock Allstar who was featured prominently in director Don Argott’s 2005 documentary about the Philadelphia program. 
  10. ^ "New Music Tuesday". 23 October 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "LISTINGS FOR 'LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY'". NBCUniversal Media Village. NBCUniversal. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Thomas-Hansard, Artemis (11 July 2014). "Madi Diaz Writes The Most Danceable Breakup Record Ever". LA Weekly. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
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  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  16. ^ "Madi Diaz 'Phantom' Out Sept 30; Tour Dates With X Ambassadors And Jamie N Commons". Nettwerk Music Group. Nettwerk Music Group. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Lynch, Addison. "Madi Diaz "The Other Side" (Magic Man Remix)". Hillydilly. Hillydilly. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  18. ^ Danks, Chris. "Madi Diaz "The Other Side" (Gold Fields Remix)". Hillydilly. Hillydilly. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 

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