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“Canadian musician Maddy Rodriguez won top honors at the 8th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) by winning the overall grand prize as well as the first prize in the Country category. Maddy received a total of 3 nominations...Maddy beat out other notable winners at the 8th Annual IAMA such as :Melissa Ferrick (former Atlantic Records artist, USA) who won Best Alternative Artist; The Wailin Jennys (Juno award winning Folk Group from Canada) who won Best Group; virtuoso guitarist Doug Young (USA) who won Best Instrumental.”
“Another one to watch: When Maddy Rodriguez defines herself, she does so without hesitation, saying simply: “I write songs.” For the Toronto-based singer/songwriter and recording artist, music means everything. “It’s life,” she adds. On her debut independent record, Don’t Be a Stranger, Rodriguez shares her musical and personal life with a 12-song set of acoustic guitar–based, country/pop that dwells on meeting every challenge and transition in life – large or small – head on and without regret.”