For those who don’t know of Madison Violet, it all began in 1999. Brenley and Lisa met over weak coffee and broccoli omelettes, in a restaurant called The Green Room, in Toronto. It was a chance meeting, 1900 kms away from the small town where both Lisa and Brenley’s fathers were born. That was 17 years ago, and the pair have been writing and creating beautiful music together ever since.
When you hear them, the first thing you’ll notice is that their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family: Born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana. In a word, they are musical chameleons.
Madison Violet’s first 2 studio albums, ‘Worry the Jury’ and ‘Caravan’, were recorded with notable producer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, U2, Damien Dempsey) and were critically acclaimed, garnering the pair several ECMA and CFMA nominations.
Their 3rd and 4th releases, ‘No Fool for Trying’ and ‘The Good In Goodbye’ are homegrown collections, recorded in Ontario with producer Les Cooper at the helm. Their 5th studio recording, ‘Year of the Horse’ was recorded in Toronto by acclaimed producer, Tino Zolfo (Carly Rae Jepson, Soul Decision, Hawksley Workman), and solidified the duo as musically versatile powerhouse songwriters. This past Christmas, Madison Violet released their first holiday album, ‘Sleigh Bells In The Snow’ to rave reviews. It is an eclectic mix of Christmas songs, old and new, which also featured their good friend, Ron Sexsmith, on ‘Frosty The Snowman’. And finally, their newest collection of songs ‘The Knight Sessions’ is a mix of stripped back, acoustic takes on some of their more upbeat musings as well as a new batch of poetic and heartfelt tunes.
Over the years, Madison Violet have acquired quite a few accolades, including a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album of the Year and a Critic’s Choice award from Country Music People’s Magazine. Their songs have been featured in the notorious music magazine MOJO’s Top 10 Playlist, and received a mass of acclaim from outlets such as the BBC, the CBC, Maverick Magazine and NPR, and have earned the duo the Grand Prize in the 2010 Maxell John Lennon Song Writing
Contest (which was voted on by a panel of distinguished artists including Elton John, Tim McGraw, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Enrique Iglesias and Mary J. Blige). Madison Violet were on Germany’s WDR’s list of ‘Best Bands of All Time’ as well as having song placements on various television shows. Their recent single ‘These Ships’ was released on one of the largest dance labels in the U.S., Ultra Records, and has garnered over 1,000,000 plays on Spotify already.
Brenley and Lisa are singer-songwriters. Multi-instrumentalists. Harmonizers. Dog lovers. Nature walkers. Painters. Tennis fanatics. Amateur chefs.
They have been described as pop, roots, indie, dance and Americana, but think that this quote sums them up best…
Madison Violet has suddenly appeared like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.”
– No Depression
Andrea Ramolo is a multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and one-half of the acclaimed folk/pop duo Scarlett Jane. Her third and most recent solo album NUDA, produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) was released earlier this year on Fontana North Records and was mentioned on this year’s Polaris Prize longer list. Andrea has co-written music with Matt Epp, Tom Wilson, Luke Nicholson, and Miss Quincy to name a few and has recorded in the studio with Lee Harvey Osmond, Andy Maize, Martha and the Muffins, and more. She has played many of Canada’s major folk and music festivals and just recently released her new album overseas in Italy. Among others, Andrea has had the pleasure of singing alongside Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Sexsmith, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Lynn Miles, and Adam Cohen and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. She has also facilitated songwriting and music workshops for the Songwriter’s Association of Canada, Ottawa’s Blues in the Schools, and in local high schools and elementary schools in Toronto.