Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Over the past three decades Maddy Winer has enthralled audiences with her inimitable, recognizable voice. Maddy attributes her successes to her love of the Great American Songbook, jazz standards and the pop music of her youth.
Born in New York City, Maddy grew up surrounded by her large Italian family. Her parents had weekly family gatherings featuring a feast of food and non-stop music. At the age of three she performed at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Once she experienced the thrill of stage performance it became her lifelong passion.
After graduating college Maddy performed contemporary pop music but always managed to incorporate selections from the American Popular Songbook, honoring the fond memories of her youth. As time passed she became known for her effortless interpretation and jazz styling of the American Popular Songbook and developed a loyal following.
In 1985 she met pianist/composer Loonis McGlohon, host of the NPR Peabody award-winning series “American Popular Song.” Together they performed American Popular Song jazz concerts and clinics throughout the eastern United States including a sold out performance at Lincoln Center in New York City to standing ovations. Two McGlohon recordings “The Music Of Loonis McGlohon” and “Name Dropping” include tracks by Maddy along with Frank Sinatra, Cleo Laine, George Shearing, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, Margaret Whiting, Judy Garland….
Maddy also toured as a headliner in the stage show “North Carolina Is My Home,” written by and starring Loonis McGlohon and Charles Kuralt. The performances were so successful that NPR created and aired a television special “Loonis McGlohon & Friends” which featured Maddy.
Maddy has headlined concerts at Lincoln Center in New York City. the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, with the Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Lawrence Centre For The Arts in Toronto and countless venues in between. Maddy’s opening act performances include Dave Brubeck, Lou Rawls, David Sanborn, Joe Sample & The Crusaders, George Shearing, Al Jarreau, Ellis Marsalis and a host of others who introduced her to a loyal following of music lovers from all genres.
Today Maddy makes her home in Asheville, NC and just completed her new CD release “Heart To Heart” featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Vince Lewis, John Brown and Todd Wright. In the works another CD entitled “Crossroads” with Heritage Guitar jazz legend Vince Lewis.
“When she takes the stage the entire audience becomes Maddy’s number one fan” - Lou Rawls
“She nails it every time, an exceptional talent” - Charles Kuralt, CBS News
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