Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter Madison Cunningham is Brave in New EP “Wednesday”

by Natasha Melina

Madison Cunningham is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist who in the last year has been nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards for her debut LP “Who Are You Now”. At a recent press conference with Cunningham, she shared that being nominated for the award was completely unexpected since she worked on the project without gaining recognition in mind, making it an added bonus. She says that she was in a haze from the first moment of being nominated up until the actual awards ceremony. 

 

Now the Southern California native, Madison Cunningham is set to continue having her music reach large crowds everywhere. With the release of her latest EP “Wednesday” earlier this month (November 6th), Madison took on a true challenge creating an EP made up of covers. 

 

 

To provide some background on how the idea for the EP came about, Madison Cunningham says, “I challenged myself at the beginning of last year to learn and post a cover song every week as a way to stay inspired both in writing and performing,” Cunningham explains. “What started as a fun prompt cracked something open in me and stayed for good, freeing me up in the areas I tend to be too cautious in. After weeks and weeks of this, I decided to release four of these songs as an EP of interpretations, in hopes that they would bring comfort to people in the same way they did for me during this painful year.” 

 

The record features covers of some of music’s greatest including The Beatles, John Mayer, Radiohead, and Tom Waits. Much like anybody who covers songs by other artists, the most difficult part for Madison was making sure that she felt like she did the music justice. Madison Cunningham shows her passion for music when she talks and has high standards for her own music, sharing “I want my songs to be willed with so much integrity and bravery. And everyone has their own interpretation of what that means to them.”

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