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Though she may have spent her whole life in the city of Vancouver BC, Madelyn’s heart is in the rural tales of Folk/Americana music. This duality of urban and country is ever present in her music, as she pulls inspiration from Folk/Americana groups like I’m with Her, Joni Mitchell, and First Aid Kit and blends these sounds with lyrics about growing up in an urban centre. 

While a lifelong songwriter, Madelyn's music career really began to flourish when she met Louise Burns (Lillix) in 2019. Together, they cowrote Madelyn's first professionally recorded single, "How Easy," which Louise produced at 604 Studios in Vancouver. After releasing the song in the Fall of 2020 and taking a brief pandemic hiatus, Madelyn launched into writing her debut album for which she received funding from both FACTOR Canada and Canada Council for the Arts. This funding enabled her to record a 10-song record with the help of talented friends who now form her full band. Forming in early 2022, Madelyn and the Petrichorus already played their first festival, Foodstock Festival in Burnaby, BC, and are hitting the road together to tour the new album in 2023.

Her debut album, Concrete Country  (released May 19, 2023), represents a modern Canadiana that asks, “What does it mean to live in a North American city in the 21st century?” Madelyn’s nostalgic and haunting songs feel like a lonesome train ride through the prairies that brings you straight into a bustling downtown core. An ode to home that is full of love and frustration, Concrete Country is a striking, thought-provoking, and heart-warming collection for the urban lover of folk. 

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"[Concrete Country] is a wonderful example of grafting new perspectives onto folk and country roots."
- Americana UK - 
June 16, 2023 Concrete Country is #27 in CiTR's top 30 albums of the week
"Roots explores notions of home, belonging, wanderlust and finding yourself against a rugged, rough-hewn country-rock backdrop of thumpy tom-toms, twangy guitars and a mournful fiddle — fronted by Read’s soaring, Joni Mitchellesque vocals."
- The Tinnitist - 
February, 2022 Madelyn Read receives Canada Council for the Arts grant
For bookings, email hello@madelynread.com
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