Madeleine King is a singer/songwriter whose music and personality form an instant bond with her audience. Her Midwestern roots and longtime California home base have found their way into her music, resulting in a mature, eclectic style. Madeleine’s original music covers a wide range, from soul-touching love songs to blues and jazz-infused, get-up-on-your-feet-and-dance tunes. Primarily a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient on the mandolin and enjoys the variety and complexity of other instruments such as the Appalachian dulcimer, psaltery, and percussive accompaniment. Equally at home as a solo performer or in a full band, Madeleine has performed in venues ranging from intimate coffeehouse settings to large outdoor fairs and festivals to live radio programs.
Having grown up in a musical family, Madeleine’s interest in music began at an early age. As a child she studied piano and sang in the school choir. With an older brother and sister who were both guitar players, she became enamored of the instrument and turned her attention to learning the guitar to accompany her singing. She began penning her own tunes and performing in earnest while in college in Bloomington, Indiana. Playing coffeehouses, bars, state parks, and festivals, Madeleine quickly developed a following in the university town.
After graduating from the university with a BA in art and education, she moved to Berkeley, California, where she currently makes her home. Teaching music and guitar lessons to children while working on her songwriting, Madeleine is currently shifting her focus back to that which she loves the most, performing. Having just released her first full-length CD of her own material, she is busy booking gigs and promoting the new release. As a person who loves the energy of live performance, her undeniable connection with an audience works in any setting, whether small and intimate or large and raucous. Madeleine’s upbeat personality and love for a good story make for a fun-filled, captivating performance.