“She’s got more mature lyrics than people who are making it touring,” Wussow said. “I’m like, ‘Wow. How does she write such a good song? How does she have this perspective?’ “I just think she’s super mature, and she’s really paying attention to everything that goes on around her. She’s got these lyrics that defy age. They could be for a 15-year-old, they could be for a 30-year-old. It always surprises me what she comes up with.” – Duluth News Tribune November 6th 2014
Sixteen-year-old Maddy Siiter may be one of the quietest people you’ve ever met. However, put her on a stage in front of hundreds of people? She’s fearless.
Just five years after picking up a guitar for the first time, the soft-spoken musician is a frequent local performer and has already recorded two full studio albums. Each one is comprised of original songs all written by Maddy on her bedroom floor with only a notebook, guitar, and a lyrical mind.
Maddy has been surrounded by music for her entire life. Born three months’ premature and weighing less than two pounds she lay in her NICU isolette with a tape recorder her parents had placed there, filling it with a constant stream of lullabies. When she finally made it home, the music didn’t stop. Every night she fell asleep to public radio listening to a wide variety of music and year after year it was becoming clear that Maddy had beaten the odds.
Two Albums in two years
Maddy recorded her first album at age 14 in the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri and received local attention for her song “Nothing left Unbroken”. Recording the successful debut album “Just Like That” led Maddy to follow up with Nashville connections for a demo session with Andy Anderson, producer at a well known studio.
What started out as a three song demo, eventually became “Runaway”, a 10 song record completed after two more trips to the Nashville studio. Andy was astonished at the quality of the material. He, along with Chris Leuzinger, the guitar player on all of Garth Brooks’ recordings, and Wayne Killius, a well-known studio session drummer, were the among professional musicians playing on the record.
The folk-rock album was pressed and released in the fall of 2014 and has been gaining popularity ever since. Various media outlets have picked up on what Maddy has written and recorded. She continues to support her latest record with live performances throughout the area, such as a February airing on PBS’ “The Playlist” and a Homegrown 2015 set.
Soft spoken, but fearless and driven, Maddy Siiter will have an impact on the music scene for years to come.