Award-winning songwriter and “rising Country star” (Country Now) Madeline Merlo “has long made a career by telling big emotional stories in the span of 3 minute or so songs” (American Songwriter). Now, after scoring 4 Top 15 Country radio singles on the Canadian airwaves and winning the Canadian Country Music Association’s Rising Star Award (and being nominated twice for Female Artist of the Year), the “breakout talent” (American Songwriter) just released her spirited four-track EP Slide via BBR Music Group / Wheelhouse Records. Vastly produced by Zach Crowell (Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban) and backed by iridescent beats, the new project — entirely co-written by Merlo — delivers powerful female stories, from budding romances (“Slide, “I Need A Drink”) to growing up (“YOUNG-ish,” produced by Crowell and Jerry Flowers) to the lessons learned in-between (“Girl Where He Grew Up,” produced by Crowell and Nathan Chapman). Winner of the season 2 premiere of the NBC songwriting reality TV series Songland, the Canadian songstress’ captivating track “Champagne Night,” recorded and released by Lady A, went on to be a three-week No. 1 song on US Country radio and earned her the 2021 Canadian Country Music Association Award for Songwriter of the Year.