Maddi’s Newsletter (Sept. ’21)

Friends, I haven’t put together a newsletter since January of this year! I’d like to get back to monthly or bi-monthly newsletters, but let’s just start with this one and see what happens. First, a recap of some bigger happenings from earlier in 2021…

Wine Thief won a songwriting contest hosted by The Front Porch in Charlottesville, VA

Wine Thief has since parted ways, but we wrote a few good songs while we were together. I’m thankful to The Front Porch for memorializing “Mirror Writing” with this video.

Videos produced by The Barn in Leesburg, VA for publication by Gather Live, EventsDC

During autumn 2020, I collaborated with The Barn, a studio in Leesburg, VA, to produce a three-song video concert for Gather Live by EventsDC. To watch all three songs – “Here Right Now,” “Sorry ‘Bout Your Boyfriend,” and “If You Wanna Stay” – CLICK HERE. Check out companion releases by Yasmin Williams and The Duskwhales, recorded on the same day.

2021 Tiny Desk Contest submission: “I Could Grow A Second Set of Legs”

I wrote this song the week before making this video in early June and submitted it to NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. I’ve since learned to use a condenser mic, an interface, and recording software to level up the sound quality of my videos, and I look forward to releasing similar style content (with better audio) in the near(ish) future.

I just realized that we have something special to celebrate…

The first anniversary of Quiet Corners

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 marks one year since the release of my debut 6-song EP, Quiet Corners. To mark the occasion:

  • You can stream the album again on any service (except Amazon).
  • You can purchase the album on bandcamp.
  • You can check out an alternate version of the album cover that I considered using (pictured below).
  • You can look at the Spotify stream stats and feel proud that you helped me share my songs with about 13,000 people worldwide.
  • You can revisit the video I made on the morning I wrote “Here Right Now.”

Yes, live music is still happening… for now

I’m writing this on Sunday, August 29th, two days after my first venue show in a long while. I opened for The Barefoot Movement at Jammin’ Java in Vienna. My friend, Natalie, got this video of one of my newest songs, “To The Moon.”

Most venues are requiring vaccine cards as proof of vaccination and masks indoors. Please, if you haven’t yet, consider getting vaccinated to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The continuation of live music depends on us keeping ourselves and our communities healthy.

Upcoming live performances

Saturday, September 4, 2021
Clarke County Farmers’ Market in Berryville, VA
8:30-11:00 AM

Saturday, September 4, 2021
The Community Gardens in Remington, VA
5:00-7:00 PM

Sunday, September 5, 2021
Clementine in Harrisonburg, VA
Supporting Will Overman

Show 6:00 PM

Friday, September 10, 2021
Blue Quartz Winery in Etlan, VA
6:00-9:00 PM

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Blue Wing Frog in Front Royal, VA
7:00-9:00 PM

Sunday, September 19, 2021
Pie Shop in Washington, DC
Supporting Will Overman

Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM

Friday, September 24, 2021
Jackleg in Culpeper, VA
8:00-10:00 PM

Thursday, September 30, 2021
House Show in Richmond, VA
8:00-9:00 PM

Sneak peek of October shows: Iron Pipe Alewerks, Remington’s Fall Festival, Jackleg, Pie Shop with Chance McCoy, and The Golden Pony with Palmyra.

New t-shirts available exclusively at shows this coming month

The second ever Maddi Mae merch design is an “OK Highway” t-shirt!

The large text reads: It can’t always be all good… But it’s okay! The smaller text reads: I LISTEN TO “OK HIGHWAY” BY MADDI MAE

These will be available exclusively at shows this month, so pick a date to come see me in person!

Teaching 20+ folks a week at Sound House

I opened up my own lessons studio in Remington, VA back in January of this year. Since then, I’ve more than doubled the number of private students I’m teaching weekly.

If you’re interested in studying guitar, bass, and/or songwriting, I’ve got one more evening slot and a couple of day time slots available. You can sign up at SoundHouseVA.com/Apply.

Thanks to everyone who has sent a supportive message, ordered merch, signed up for lessons, stopped by to say hello, or told a friend about my little business. I appreciate you all helping me bring a dream of mine to life.

Follow Sound House

Thank you for taking time to read this newsletter. Your support keeps me pushing when the work pushes back.

5 Comments

  1. We were so excited to hear your amazing voice. You are an inspiration to all. Keep your faith over fear and you can make all of your dreams come true. Kenny and Kathy ❤

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