Madison Violet are just coming off a hugely successful European tour, garnering fantastic reviews in Germany and Austria, selling-out almost every date on their month and a half long tour.
They also picked up the Galaxie Rising Star Award at this year’s Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference and they’re the only Canadians ever to have won the Grand Prize from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009.)
Their new record, The Good In Goodbye, was released in September and the record finds them growing as artists, showcasing their ability to write beautiful, catchy songs that appeal to roots, pop and country fans alike.
Though they seemingly made their mark in the last year or so, success was hard earned, spending up to eight months a year on the road, winning fans and champions the old-fashioned way, one song at a time, one gig at a time. Their first disc, Worry the Jury (2004), was an introduction to the lush arrangements and radio-friendly harmonies that would become a Madison Violet hallmark, with their sophomore album Caravan (2006) further exploring and incorporating country-infused, toe-tapping melodies. Their breakthrough album, No Fool for Trying (2009) showcased Madison Violet’s heartfelt (and often heartbreaking) lyrics in brilliant contrast to their uplifting arrangements, pushing their graceful harmonies to the surface.
Receiving a mass of acclaim from outlets including the BBC, the CBC, Maverick Magazine, NPR, and Penguin Eggs Magazine, No Fool for Trying made dedicated fans of even the most hard-to-crack critics. Ultimately, Madison Violet captured the attention of Mojo Magazine, landing “Small Of My Heart” on the publication’s distinguished playlist, “Mojo’s Top 10,” in December 2009.
The duo has sold-out venues across North America and Europe, had the prestigious distinction of touring with Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe, and has shared stages with contemporaries such as Chantal Kreviazuk, Ron Sexsmith and The Indigo Girls. With their newest effort, Madison Violet prove they’re among Canada’s brightest singer/songwriters.
JUNO nominated duo, Madison Violet will play The Arts Station in Fernie on Tuesday, November 22.