Photography by Travis Latam
To say that Madeline Doornaert is a promising singer-songwriter is an understatement - on her debut album “Muddy Water”, Madeline not only promises, but delivers, with a stunning collection of deeply meaningful songs delivered in her uniquely modern style. Madeline’s warm, silky voice soothes atop acoustic guitars, lush back-up vocals, and analog percussion, revealing stories of enduring friendship, self-love, and overcoming hardship. Inspired by the works of 1970s folk pioneers Carole King, Janis Ian, and Buffy Sainte-Marie, "Muddy Water" is an expert self-portrait, capturing a profound maturity in effortlessly beautiful songs.
In her early 20s, Madeline Doornaert has already spent more than half of her life on-stage. Beginning her career at just ten years old in the folk/pop act GeorgiaRose, Madeline received acclaim for her creative and pitch-perfect vocals, showcasing at festivals and landmark events throughout the region of Windsor-Essex, Ontario. After graduating from the Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts, Madeline became a music student at the University of Windsor, studying vocals under the tutelage of beloved Detroit-based jazz singer, Shahida Nurullah.
Throughout her career, Madeline has explored multiple styles of singing, including folk, jazz, and opera. Her voice landed comfortably in a retro pop style after falling in love with Janis Ian’s “Between the Lines”, and learning every song from Carole King’s “Tapestry”. In recent years, Madeline continues to make her name in Windsor and beyond, receiving airplay on CBC Radio across Canada, performing as a soloist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and becoming a member of Windsor music label Soul City Music Co-op.
Fortified by these experiences, Madeline’s musical foundations have blossomed into a deeply personal and singular sound, echoing a reverence for the 1970s singer-songwriter movement, a deep affection for the honesty and intimacy of acoustic storytelling, a love of retro pop, jazz, and soul, and an indefinable creative energy that is poetic, enigmatic, and extraordinary.