NBC’s Songland winner Madeline Merlo is set to release her four-track EP Slide next Friday (Sept. 23) via BBR.
Produced by Zach Crowell and entirely co-written by Merlo, the project delves into powerful female stories, from budding romances to growing up and the lessons learned in between. The title track, penned by Merlo, Sam Hunt, Crowell and Jerry Flowers, was originally a song Hunt was writing for himself, before he realized it was better suited for a female artist.
On the Shania Twain-inspired “Young-ish,” Merlo explores the misconception that everyone’s path should be the same. “Girl Where He Grew Up” is about the girl who teaches the guy lessons on how to love his next girlfriend, while “I Need A Drink,” written with Crowell, Ashley Gorley and Hillary Lindsey, captures the connection of wanting to be wherever your significant other is.
“Releasing this music is such an exciting next step in my career,” Merlo shares. “I am so proud of these songs and the creative growth in my artistry. Zach Crowell has been the key to finding my sound, and I’m so grateful for my label for giving us the trust and time to pursue that. I hope people can feel all the blood, sweat, and joy that went into this project.”
Merlo won the Canadian Country Music Association’s Rising Star Award and Songwriter of the Year Award, before winning season 2 of the NBC songwriting series Songland. The Canadian songstress’ catchy track “Champagne Night,” recorded and released by Lady A, went on to become a three-week No. 1 on country radio and earned Merlo and her co-writers the 2021 CCMA Award for Songwriter of the Year.
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