When it comes to music, Maggie Rose doesn’t let other things define her — not prevailing trends, not marketing labels, not even her own past.
Maggie Rose defines herself.
Exceptionally versatile singer and songwriter Maggie Rose will release three additional Digital 45s this summer, leading up to a planned album this fall (TBD). All co-produced by Maggie and stamped with her affinity for finely-crafted melodies and intricate storytelling, her latest and forthcoming releases encompass what she’s been preparing for her entire career, music she’s held inside herself and now fully able to lay down.
Upon stepping into the famed Starstruck Studios to make this project, the Nashville-based, independent singer-songwriter was determined to record in a method and level in which she’s never recorded before. Backed by her 13-piece family band — featuring players for Kelly Clarkson, Them Vibes, Brothers Osborne and Steven Tyler — Maggie recorded 13 songs completely live in one take, no overdubs, no autotune, no bullshit, all while being documented by a camera crew; highlighting an artist in complete command of her creative and prolific career. Maggie will release three additional Digital 45s from these sessions — slated May 18, June 15, July 20, respectively — leading into the release of a Fall LP.
In March, Maggie released “It’s You” and “Smooth.” Rolling Stone Country calls “It’s You” “a giant, throwback soul ballad that shows off her dynamic vocals [and] contains shades of Aretha Franklin,” and “Smooth” “a supremely funky rocker with hints of Grace Potter, Janis Joplin”. These two tracks show the two ends of the spectrum on which the forthcoming LP lives.
Channeling Bonnie Raitt and Etta James, “It’s You” shows Maggie as the modern-day, country embodiment of these two leading ladies. Filled with evocative, spine-tingling harmonies and lush, swirling melodies, Maggie’s “Dusty Springfield-worthy vocals” (Rolling Stone Country) soar; she pours her heart out just as these ladies who inspired her to move to Nashville did. “Smooth” brings a funk-tinged, jam band-esque punch. Weaved with down-right-dirty bass riffs andundeniable toe-tapping percussion, this rocker transports the listener to another world. It exemplifies the sessions pristinely; musicians taking cues from one another in the rawest way possible.
These new tracks follow her Fall Digital 45 featuring SiriusXM The Highway’s Top 10 hit “Just Getting By” and “Pull You Through,” all recorded during the same season. Tapping into a soulful country side in the vein of Linda Ronstadt and Adele, “Just Getting By” and “Pull You Through” encompass the lifetime of a relationship. “Just Getting By,” which Maggie — a newlywed — wrote in the wake an argument with her husband, shows a couple wrestling to establish a unified identity. “Pull You Through”, a soulful ballad, while she was engaged, imagining years into her future — and the implication of the phrase “’til death do us part.” “You grow up your whole life knowing that’s part of the wedding ceremony, but to hear it and realize its gravity is overwhelming,” she says.
Last year, CMT named Maggie one of its Next Women of Country, and this year she has toured with Martina McBride and opened dates on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul tour. Taken with recent releases ‘Dreams > Dollars’ and ‘The Variety Show Vol. 1,’ her forthcoming five-part release reveal a singer crafting a sound as varied and nuanced as her musical interests. “It’s nice to be able to feed my creative spirit as often as I want and not be a one-dimensional artist,” she says.