Madeline Edwards with special guest Micah Edwards
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Madeline Edwards recently released her debut album, Crashlanded, via Warner Music Nashville. All 12 songs were co-written by Edwards, including brand-new standouts like “Mama, Dolly, Jesus” and “Too Much Of A Good Thing” as well as previously-released fan favorites including “The Wolves” and “Hold My Horses.” Since breaking onto the scene with a performance at the 55th Annual CMA Awards, Edwards has been recognized as an Artist to Watch by American Songwriter, Country Now, Spotify, Pandora and Amazon. The CMT “Next Women of Country” honoree was also recently selected as a member of the YouTube Black Voices Class of 2023, having previously been named both a Billboard “Rookie of the Month” and Apple Music “Riser of the Month.” Her remarkable rise has included performances on some of the genre's biggest stages, recently making her Grand Ole Opry debut. Edwards was featured alongside The Highwomen on Lady Gaga’s Born This Way tribute record and joined Chris Stapleton's All-American Road Show Tour in 2022. California born and Texas raised, she has earned additional praise from People, NPR, Southern Living, The Tennessean and more for transcending musical boundaries by incorporating her jazz, soul, gospel and country influences into her unique sound. She’s set to join label-mate Ingrid Andress for select dates on her Good Person Tour this spring before hitting the road for several fairs and festivals throughout the year.
Bitter, yet uplifting—Jean Leon is a healing, soulful exploration of faith from Micah. Searching for answers from God while searching his own heart, this debut album is a nod to the artists before him, as a young virtuoso who understands not just the heart, but the musical precision of retro-soul and country music. Someone who pays homage to Curtis Mayfield’s brilliance of guitar in early Impressions records and Etta James’ almost conversational vocal expression, while embracing his classic country songwriting influence through calculated storytelling employing the fiddle and steel guitar. Someone who respects and honors Leon Bridges, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Marcus King, Durand Jones & The Indications, Aaron Frazer, Michael Kiwanuka—but leans heavily into the sounds of this particular moment. This is a daring explorer who has created a unique fusion of retro and contemporary elements to defy what has been done before and craft a new genre: Texas soul.