Madeleine Roger is a contemporary folksinger from Winnipeg, Canada. While accompanying herself on acoustic guitar in multiple tunings, it is her artistry as a songwriter that can silence a room, uniting her captivating voice with vivid lyricism and a maturity beyond her years. A former thespian and a lifelong traveler, she is prone to absorbing stories and questioning the way that things are, creating songs with imaginative melodies and honesty that bares truths about being alive.
Madeleine co-produced and co-engineered her debut album Cottonwood (out Oct. 26) with Lloyd Peterson (The Wailin' Jenny's, The Weakerthans, James Keelaghan) at Paintbox Recording in Winnipeg. The album was proudly made with gender parity - half of the producing, audio engineering, musicians, and other artists identify as female. Written from Madeleine’s home in Winnipeg MB, and in a woodstove-heated cabin that her great-grandparents built in the Manitoba backwoods, Cottonwood combines the elegant storytelling of folk traditions with the grounded vibe of roots music. The album portrays her intuitive creativity. reflections on femininity and equality, the majesty of the wilderness, and the beautiful awkwardness of trying to love another person. It quickly reached the No. 1 spot on the Canadian folk/roots/blues charts, garnering acclaim for its exceptional songwriting, stunning vocals, and meticulous instrumentation.
Along with appearances in her folk/roots duo Roger Roger with her twin brother Lucas, Madeleine has performed at music festivals and stages across Canada and Europe including The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Summerfolk Festival, The Calgary Folk Club, Campbell Bay Music Festival, Festival Du Voyageur, Homeroutes house concert tours, etc.
For The Extra Curious
Her years of theatre and travel consumed her from the age of 7 into the end of her degree in Theatre & Film when she finally picked up one of the many guitars lying around her home and started writing songs. A year later she quit theatre, falling hopelessly in love with song-craft and the endless possibilities of music.
A lifelong history of singing in choirs, living rooms, musicals, and around bonfires has informed her current comfort on the stage, and the countless hours hanging out in the control room of her Dad's recording studios left an impression on Madeleine, growing up thinking that everyone talked about songwriting and album production at the dinner table.
She is an advocate for equality and the representation of women in the music industry, and is actively working to get more women behind the board in recording studios.
“Madeleine's excellent songwriting, ear for traditional-sounding melodies, fabulous voice, and skillful guitar playing give them a timeless quality, though they speak directly to our time.” - Stan Rogers Folk Festival
"Madeleine’s voice stays with you, reminiscent at times of a young Joni Mitchell." - Mojo
“A glimpse into the machinations of someone who is attentive to the world around her: in the wilderness, on stage, in the present moment and in the past.” – Exclaim!
“Cottonwood makes for bright listening and repeated plays and unfurls with an attitude of candor and playfulness that conceal the mature encouragements with which it rewards the careful listener.” – Roots Music
“This came out of nowhere and it's one of the best out there right now.” - If It’s Too Loud
“She steps out with a truly terrific folk album that runs the gamut from gentleness to carefully restrained (but powerful) anger.” – Great Dark Wonder