Vancouver-native Madeline Merlo is kicking off her U.S. career in a big way – the starlet won Monday night’s (4/13) episode of NBC’s show “Songland.” Showcasing her unmatched depth in lyrical storytelling and fun, fresh melodic genius, the show chronicled Merlo’s co-write of “Champagne Night” with hit songwriter Shane McAnally and Lady Antebellum. An upbeat, party anthem, “Champagne Night” was deemed the winning song by seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum, who recorded and released the tune digitally as well as a music video immediately following the episode. Today “Champagne Night” is ranked #1 on the iTunes Country and All Genres Chart.
Listen to “Champagne Night” now available on these platforms HERE to stream/download.
Watch Lady Antebellum’s “Champagne Night” music video HERE.
The music video was produced while the band was practicing social distancing, and songwriter Madeline Merlo is featured dancing in the video from her home.
“Songland was one of the most incredible and inspiring experiences,” said Merlo. “The knowledge I obtained throughout is invaluable, and the opportunity to work with such seasoned and decorated songwriters is something I won’t ever forget. As a young songwriter in this business, I felt so validated and honoured by this experience. Lady Antebellum was so kind and gracious to me, and it was incredibly cool to be able to pitch a song to a band that I admire so much. I made lifelong friends, grew as a writer all while getting to share my vocals and songwriting abilities on network television.”
As an artist, Merlo’s cool, coastal sound – a reflection of her Vancouver upbringing – bridges the perfect pop-country gap. After a series of successful single releases in Canada – including debut “Sinking Like A Stone,” “War Paint,” “Whatcha Wanna Do About It,” “Neon Love,” and her most recent Canadian country radio Top 10 “Dear Me” – Merlo will release a trio of songs including “If You Never Broke My Heart,” “It Didn’t,” and Canadian radio single “Kiss, Kiss” on April 24.
About Madeline Merlo:
As an artist, Vancouver-native Madeline Merlo personifies her coastal upbringing – and nothing states that case stronger than the laid back, seemingly effortless feel to her sound. With fresh, fun and, occasionally, quirky melodies, and an unmatched depth in both vocals and lyrical storytelling, her music bridges the perfect pop-country gap. “I want people to have fun when they listen to my music… But I also want to be able to say something at the same time.” Signed with Universal imprint Open Road Recordings, the starlet has already seen an impressive career, releasing a series of successful singles to Canadian country radio and sharing the stage with Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, and fellow Canadian artists Paul Brandt, Dean Brody and Tim Hicks.
Last season, “Songland” produced multiple chart-topping hits including seven songs that achieved a #1 ranking on an iTunes music chart. “Songland” was the #1 new alternative series of the summer in 18-49 and total viewers (with a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens). After 35 days of digital and linear delayed viewing, “Songland” grew to a 1.9 rating in 18-49 and 7.6 million viewers overall.