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Meet Austin’s Dave Madden. The Austin-American Statesman declares, “Like summer, it would be nice if Madden's choruses lasted forever.” In the midst of a singer/songwriter sea of throaty voices, Dave Madden is a pleasant surprise. A talented guy, yes: His songs are catchy, yet fraught with meaning.
Madden won “Best Austin Record of 2010,” with his ambitious pop-rock release, Open-Eyed & Broken Wide, an unprecedented double-album 20-page art-book and high-res audio download. Says Sean Claes of INsite Magazine, “This album is packed full of really, really good music and some of the most heartfelt and genius lyrics I’ve heard in a long time.” Music from Open-Eyed was featured by the City of Austin in a promotional video for the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Following this epic studio release, Dave turned his sights to the stage, and has achieved a strong position in Austin’s live music scene. His funk-jazz project has wowed crowds at iconic locations such as the Texas State Capitol, Barton Springs Pool and the Long Center, as well as the famed stages of Antone’s, Threadgill’s and the Zach Scott Theatre. The 2011 record, “Live From Austin” captures the contagious energy of the live show, and more music is planned for release in 2013.
Dave Madden is the rare combination of accomplished songwriter, and masterful multi-instrumentalist. His peers consider him a “musician’s musician”. He equally enjoys creating his own music and collaborating with others. Says the legendary recording producer Stephen Doster, "Dave Madden plays with confidence, versatility, and musicality. In other words, Dave plays like he means it!" Dave was recently hired as On-Stage Music Director for a National Youth Gathering concert at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio this July, preparing music for a crowd of 30,000.
In addition to live shows and recording sessions, Madden composes for horns and strings, and scores music for TV commercials, winning contracts for companies such as AT&T. "Dave is a natural - he's consistently among the agency favorites in all the jobs where we've pitched his music. He has a knack for getting to the point without clutter." (Billy West, Head Composer, Primal Scream Music)
A Philadelphia native, Dave is an alum of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he quickly rose to the top tier of students, playing the coveted Berklee Performance Center Singer’s Showcase. His working roots include such diverse experiences as playing Broadway in New York, touring in country bands based in Nashville, and recording sessions in Los Angeles.
Artist Wendy Colonna affirms, "Where integrity, genius, talent and discipline align in perfect harmony is where Dave Madden resides. On top of being a brilliant songwriter, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and all around nice guy, Dave is calm, confident and capable - an incredible asset to any project he joins or leads."
You can find more about Dave Madden at davemaddenmusic.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org