GRAMMY-NOMINATED MADISON CUNNINGHAM 2020 BEST AMERICANA ALBUM - WEDNESDAY EP OUT NOW
VIA VERVE FORECAST
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist Madison Cunningham's new covers EP, Wednesday, is out today via Verve Forecast.
NPR New Music Friday raves, "Cunningham brings this incredible musicality to everything she touches."
The EP features covers of songs by Radiohead, John Mayer, Tom Waits and The Beatles. "I challenged myself at the beginning of last year to learn and post a cover song every week as a way to stay inspired both in writing and preforming," Cunningham explains. "What started as a fun prompt cracked something open in me and stayed for good, freeing me up in the areas I tend to be too cautious in. After weeks and weeks of this, I decided to release four of these songs as an EP of interpretations, in hopes that they would bring comfort to people in the same way they for did me during this painful year."
Cunningham regularly shared performances of various covers for her Weekly Wednesday Covers series via her YouTube page, watch HERE. Most recently, her critically acclaimed debut LP Who Are You Now was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
"You need only experience Madison Cunningham once to become a believer in this Orange County songwriter"- Rita Houston
"Poised and precise in her singing and ace guitar playing…Madison Cunningham might not conjure a comparison to Fiona Apple on first listen, but…with [her] wonderfully tangled imagery and cutting self-awareness, shows she's an heir to that queen's powerful throne."
"A voice that was reminiscent of Stevie Nicks...her set was sweet and filled with the energy that only comes from a California artist."
"expert chugs of electric guitar...for fans of Aimee Mann, Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley"
"Trouble Found Me," "Something to Believe In," and "Pin It Down."
The Orange County, CA native has performed as a duet partner with Punch Brothers' Chris Thile on APM's "Live From Here," and recently appeared in and helped score Sara Bareilles' show Little Voice. Her list of champions continues to grow, including Harry Styles, John Mayer, Andrew Bird, Sara Watkins, Nickel Creek, the Milk Carton Kids' Joey Ryan and Sara Bareilles.
Cunningham first picked up a guitar at age seven, and by age twelve was singing and performing alongside her five siblings in church. By the age of fifteen, Cunningham realized songwriting was a passion she wanted to pursue, citing Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan as key inspirations. "It'd always been a hobby before, but around then, I realized I wanted to make it a religious practice," she says. "I thought if I could capture some of their same spirit ever in my life, I'd have to work hard and every day."