Wayne Madder is a singer-songwriter, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and lives in the Municipality of Scugog Ontario, Canada. Genre of music is jazzy blues, blues, blues rock, soul, fusion, country blues, folk. Wayne’s first single release, Crack in the Wall, made it to the 2021 semi-finals in the International Songwriting Competition and is on his 2022 album release, Unconditional, which was nominated Album of the Year 2022 by the OMAs ( Oshawa music awards)
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Canadian based singer/songwriter Wayne Madder describes the feelings of waking up to realize that you are involved in a failing relationship, with his shuffling, bittersweet Blues number Crack In The Wall. As Madder begins a steady guitar riff and relates waking up to see a crack in the wall, he describes how he tries to go about his normal morning routine, while being unable to shake a nagging feeling that he relates while repeating the lines, "I think your love is failing me". Then as a haunting wurlitzer joins in the chorus, Madder rhetorically asks his lover, why they have such a strong effect on his very existence? And asks how he is unable to walk away from them, when they are constantly hurting him? Even as Madder relates the many times he's been the victim of a dishonest lover, it's obvious in the pained tone of his voice, that he's going to keep trying to make it work, no matter how much it hurts. And as Madder plays a hopeful guitar solo, he again repeats the lines, "I think your love is failing me", as the music fades to a hushed silence, leaving the listener to wonder what will become of our troubled lovers?
Very emotional delivery in the vocals. Wayne sounds like he is writing from personal experience, not relating someone else's lyrics. The production quality is great all around, with strong, thick bass, a full drum kit, and clean, but also just dirty enough, lead Blues guitar and organ. Mixing and mastering push all of the instruments to their best levels, with a very glued together mix, that just sits really well in a variety of listening environments.
Target Audience Appeal:
For fans of traditional and modern Blues music. Specifically Texas and Chicago style Blues. Emotive & Personable lyrics make the song easy to relate to for people of all demographics. The solid production quality of this track should help push this song out to sync agencies for film and show placement.
Artist target suggestions:
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roy Buchanan, B.B. King, Robin Trower, Seasick Steve, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, The Black Keys, Marcus King, John Hammond, Tab Benoit, etc.
About the Reviewer:Joshua A. Pfeiffer is a music nerd who spends countless hours researching music, and curating public playlists and DJ mixes, to spread awareness of emerging musicians and to highlight the wonderful world of music history. Josh has a deep affection for most genres and eras of music, is an active, professional, award-winning DJ (DJ FACT.50 - Best of the Bay 2019 ~ SF Weekly), twitch streamer, amateur audio engineer and working musician. As founder, lead singer, and co-songwriter of the band Vernian Process, Josh has over 15 years of experience in the music industry. And for nearly a decade, was the owner and head writer for the online community post-punk.com.
Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength
Recording Quality/Overall Mix: Strength
SONG: I Need Somebody
Canadian based singer/songwriter/guitarist Wayne Madder brings a wonderful bit of Latin flavored soul, with the release of his single "I Need Somebody." Featuring a sexy, serpentine blues groove that's absolutely perfect for the sensual lyrical themes employed here by Madder, "I Need Somebody" is highlighted by an equally sultry electric guitar lead that bobs and weaves around an agile rhythm section consisting of bass, acoustic guitar, drums and Latin percussion. Madder gives an impassioned vocal performance here, augmented by some soulful background harmonies that add another layer of cool to an already extremely stylish blues track. Wayne Madder's "I Need Somebody" should have broad appeal among soul and blues audiences, thanks to top notch musicianship and polished songwriting.
Strongest Point(s): Excellent production, great mix. Good tonal balance. Outstanding groove, very "in the pocket." Love the Latin flair. Fantastic clean tone on the lead, allows it to sit comfortably in the mix. Vocals sound amazing, great delivery and production there. Lyrics are succinct and to the point. The recording gives the impression of a live performance, which is always a nice quality to have in a blues track. Great job of capturing and distilling the essence of "cool" on this song. It really does have an extraordinary energy about it that's both timeless and provocative. Wonderful job overall, by everyone involved.
Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Blues, Blues Rock, Soul, Latin Soul, Soul Jazz
Artist target suggestions: Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, Ry Cooder, Little Feat, Ozomatli, Los Lonely Boys, War, Richard Thompson, Tab Benoit, Eric Lindell, John Hiatt, J.J. Cale, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson, John Mayer, Robin Trower
About The Reviewer: Steven Azami is a multi-instrumentalist with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Both as a touring/session player and as a producer, his career has spanned nearly every genre, from bluegrass to jazz, from rock to reggae. In addition, his work as a music educator has allowed him to cultivate and foster talent among the next generation of musical explorers Vocals: Strength
Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength
Recording Quality/Overall Mix: Strength
Wonderfully understated and delicately tender in its approach, "Angels" is a wonderfully written folk piece that is superbly performed and affectionately arranged. Wayne Madder lovingly presents his listeners with a song of such substance and heart that you can't help but be taken in by its beautifully expressed ideas and concepts. Strongest Point(s): I would usually be wary of the use of natural ambient white noise in certain contexts, but I believe it works really well in "Angel". It acts as a rather warm underlay for the music and gives the song a certain rustic charm that adds to the overall personality of the tune as well as adds a great dash of authenticity to its folk-inspired roots. Wayne gives a truly endearing vocal performance that manages to gracefully envelop the listener in its warm tones and supple qualities with both delicate poise and emotive expression, all the while the lyrics possess a certain down-to-earth quality to them that I'm sure are representative of Wayne's own experiences and undoubtedly touch upon themes that will not only hold a special place in Wayne's heart but will certainly appeal to many listeners alike. Whilst the track predominately focuses on the relationship between Wayne, his guitar, and the lyrics he is conveying, I really like the subtle yet highly effective use of both the piano and strings, these additions serve as a superb touch that really helps compliment the arrangement and enhance the overall experience profoundly. Area(s) of Improvement: I believe this to be a very strong track indeed and there's an authenticity to it that is truly compelling, as a result, I don't see any areas that would benefit from any further tweaking. Great stuff! As a disclaimer, any notes made in the "Area(s) of Improvement" section are for the artist's eyes only and are purely between the artist and reviewer, this information will never be shared publicly. Target Audience Appeal: This is an exemplary folk piece and I'm sure fans of the genre will find "Angels" to be a thoroughly rewarding listening experience. Artist target suggestions: Cat Stevens, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Nick Drake, John Prine, Van Morrison, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Grayson Capps, Tom Rush, Donovan, Tom Paxton About The Reviewer: Andre Avanessian is a freelance session musician, composer, and sound engineer based in the U.K. Having studied music production and composition at a degree level, he has taken his passion for all things audio-related to a level that has allowed him to become both a competent musician and performer. Being a self-confessed "Guitar Nerd" Andre has been continually studying the guitar, as well as teaching it, helping students both learn the instrument, develop their songwriting, and how to become proficient in home recording. Vocals: Strength Lyrics: Strength Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength Melody/Rhythm: Strength Arrangement/Flow: Strength Recording Quality/Overall Mix: Strength
The OMAs ( Oshawa Music Awards ) has nominated my album UNCONDITIONAL as album of the year for 2022.
I wish to thank the OMA committee and express my gratitude for being nominated.
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New Release January 18th, 2022
I uncovered my passion for music when i picked up my first guitar and made up my own songs
I followed my dream all my life but only recently recorded my music
I find inspiration all around me. I try to make my music representative of myself and my generation.
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Released May14th, 2021
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