Music is a powerful means of expression and rarely has a young performer displayed better command of the vehicle than Maggie Rose. Possessing a strong, warm voice that is alternately playful or poignant as the subject matter dictates, Maggie has a gift for penning insightful songs and delivering them with emotional punch. Working with legendary producer James Stroud, Maggie has crafted a debut album filled with potent songs, each one anchored by her riveting vocals.
With one listen to her impressive voice, its obvious Maggie could have chosen any musical genre and found success, but country seemed like home. "I did have a lot of influences," the Maryland native says recalling her childhood. "My mom exposed me to great female artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Trisha Yearwood, really powerful female voices."
Always passionate about music, she embraced a variety of different artists and styles, but felt a particular kinship with country artists, especially those with the ability to share compelling stories in their songs. "The first concert I ever went to was a Shania Twain show," she says. "While I also admired many of the pop singers that were so popular when I was younger, when it got down to my becoming an artist, country always spoke to me. I connected with country music more than any other genre."
By the time she was 16, she was performing regularly with a Bruce Springsteen cover band called the B Street Band. "I would do my own little introductory set and then theyd play the Bruce Springsteen cover songs," she recalls. "They were such a good band, so it was a great experience to be backed by great musicians."
While majoring in vocal performance at Clemson University, Maggie got a phone call that changed her life. A friend had sent some of her demos to music mogul Tommy Mottola, well-known for launching Celine Dion, Destinys Child and Mariah Carey, among others. "I remember getting the call from Tommys assistant as I was walking with my friend to economics class," Maggie recalls. "She said, Tommy wants you to come to his office and sing some original songs for him. It was so surreal. I didnt go to class that day. I went back to my dorm room and tried to process everything."
When Mottola learned of Maggies desire to pursue a country music career, he helped her connect with James Stroud and his wife Laura, a successful Music Row publisher, who Maggie describes as her "Nashville Mom." Laura introduced Maggie to some of the communitys top songwriters who became friends and collaborators. James was so impressed with the demos he began hearing, he took Maggie in the studio to begin work on her debut. "Im so much more sure of the artist I want to be today than I was when I first moved here," Maggie says, "Moving to town, I became aware of the reality that there are so many talented people here. It gives me so much perspective. One of the reasons people move here is to be around other creative people."
Maggie first gained a national audience with the engaging single "Maybe Tonight," which was accompanied by a charming video that spotlighted her performance skills. Previously known as Margaret Durante, the young artist felt she really wanted fans to know her as Maggie Rose, the name all her family and friends call her. She felt it was time to hit the reset button. "Sharing the name that Ive been called by my family and friends with my fans is just another way to open up a part of me to them that they havent seen yet," she says. "I was not being untrue to myself going by Margaret Durante, but Im giving my experiences and my stories to my fans and I wanted them to call me by my nickname. I think its just a nice way to honor where Ive been and where Im going."