by Lisa Morgan

Little Maddi Rose hit the stage at the tender age of two in A Christmas Carol. She told her parents she wanted to be a musical artist. “They just patted me on the head and said, ‘There, there, Maddi.’” Now, 15 years later, Maddi Rose is set to share the stage with the fabulous Melissa Etheridge. “It’s just a weird concept for me right now. I really didn’t expect it to happen this soon,” she shared, the awe still showing in her Aussie accented voice. This 17 year old, native Australian, has, I think, the gumption, talent and the personality to recruit people to her team. This is reflected in the fact that she has already won over the heart and collaboration of the very talented, producer and recording engineer, Tom Weir. “He really hooked a sister up with the best of the best in the business,” gushed the up and coming artist. From the names on the songs produced so far, this is a qualified statement. Tom arranged for drummer, Josh Freese of the Vandals and Devo, and previously heard with Paramore and Nine Inch Nails to bring in the rhythm section for her album. Tim Pierce, session guitarist for an endless list of known artists (Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Patty Smith, Joe Cocker, Michael Jackson, Joan Armatrading, Madonna… to name a very few) also made himself available to the project at Tom’s request.

A lot is set to happen for this contemporary artist as she approaches 18. This year she will be graduating from high school, and she is in the sights of some major labels. Depending on label response, she will be releasing her fist record sometime within the next six months if all goes well. Maddi’s songwriting reflects her eclectic musical tastes that encompass a varied list of artists from Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood to U2, Fall Out Boy, Pink and Guns and Roses. While she has a lot of cover tunes out there on YouTube, make no mistake, this artist is all about writing her own songs. “Everything I go through I write a song about it. It’s such an amazing form of expression. It’s like art for the ears.” Her instruments of choice are guitar and piano, but she’s been known to play everything from the recorder and flute, to percussion, bass and the ukelele.

Maddi Rose will be debuting her song-crafting skills as she accompanies herself on guitar at the Tilted Kilt After Dark in Palm Desert. This enchanting acoustic show will start at 10 pm, Friday, October 4th. Tickets are only $10 and seating is first come first serve. Call 760-773-5458 to purchase tickets. To check out Maddi’s music, visit her website @ or on her Facebook page: It would be a good idea to catch this artist now, before she heads up the hill to join Melissa Etheridge. They will both be performing “LIVE” on Saturday, October 5th at the Living Free Animal Sanctuary. The outdoor festival includes entertainment, arts & crafts, a children’s corner, delicious food and an adoption fair. 10am-4pm. Purchase tickets at Saving cats & dogs from shelter euthanasia since 1980. After these events, the sky’s the limit for Maddi Rose as she persues her dreams…dreams that appear to be not so very far off on the horizon.