MAWD is the moniker of Madeleine Mathews, a California singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose influences include, The Head and the Heart, The Staves, First Aid Kit, Nancy Sinatra, Lord Huron, and the Alabama Shakes. With a sound that gravitates towards an eclectic mix of genres including indie, folk rock, and blues. The soulful, textured timbre of Madeleine's vocals is diverse and ranges anywhere from a breathy sultry folk/blues vibe to a powerful Janis Joplin-esque belt.
Born and bred in Northern California, Madeleine made her mark in her hometown of Placerville playing original songs at a weekly local open mic. She soon found an even larger audience in Chico, CA, where she attended CSU, Chico's music program. Quickly becoming a part of the blossoming 'Nor Cal' scene, Madeleine's stunning live performances and the unique vulnerability, power and sheer beauty of her voice caught the attention of Roger Gisborne of Los Angeles based indie label Sound x3 Music, who immediately signed her and sent her to Scandinavia to tour.
Gisborne produced and released MAWD's first EP during Madeleine's last semester of school and brought in Brian Lucey (Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, Beck, Cage The Elephant, etc.) to master the record, which received critical acclaim from noteworthy tastemakers leading MAWD to SXSW and a southwest tour with a new line-up of top British, Irish and American musicians, known as the "MAWD Squad".
The new single, 'Wandering Eye' is a track cut straight from the heart of California’s soulful rock’n’roll scene. It's a track that grows as an infectious blend of gritty guitars, soulful vocals and hard hitting melodies, reminiscent of Janis Joplin but with a fresh update and wonderfully modern style.
Known for her impressive and highly energetic performances in top notch venues, festivals and artist discovery programs such as Sofar Sounds, MAWD has made huge strides developing a dedicated fan base. Madeleine is presently working with Gisborne and Cave producer/songwriter Josiah Mezzaschi (Deap Vally, Kate Bush, Jesus & the Mary Chain) on MAWD's second EP set for release in 2019.
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