Tell Your Friends - New Single Out Now!
Debut Album Never Have I Ever out May 10th, 2019
On tour with KT Tunstall May, 2019
LA-based Indie Rocker Maddie Ross was once described by The 405 as an "Alt-Pop Dream Queen". Ross writes pop-punky love songs and guitar-driven anthems about her producer, co-writer and longtime girlfriend Wolfy. In early 2017, Maddie came to the attention of Billboard Rock writer Chris Payne, who featured her on Billboard.com’s home page as “The Best DIY Rock Star You’ve Never Heard Of”. Her single “You’re Still My Sugar” was named Billboard.com’s #9 Rock Song of that year.
In September of 2018, songwriting legend KT Tunstall came across Ross’s music during a Twitter exchange, and immediately reached out via direct message to invite Ross to open on a 22-city North American tour. Ross enthusiastically agreed, and quickly released her sophomore EP, “Touch Hands, Touch Bodies” via AWAL in October of 2018. Ross toured with Tunstall in support of the EP at venues such as Los Angeles’s El Rey Theatre, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and Austin’s 3TEN @ ACL Live. Tunstall fans fell in love with Ross’s high energy performances, “abundant cussing”, and candid love songs about being queer and proud.
“Touch Hands, Touch Bodies” went on to achieve the #25 spot on Billboard.com’s Best Rock Albums of 2018 list. Ross and Wolfy returned from tour and got right to work on her debut album, due in May of 2019. The album is heavily influenced by teen movies, and each song is inspired by an iconic movie scene. “Never Have I Ever” paints a picture of raging house parties, sweet first-time same-sex crushes, and devastating moments like when you find out that It Was All A Bet. “This is some of the most fun music we’ve ever put out,” Ross says of the album. “It’s really high energy and full of heart— I think because I was channeling the potency of teen movies I adore, as well as those moments from my own adolescence and personal love story.”
The album’s first single, “Tell Your Friends”, is out on February 25, 2019. Ross will tour in support of the album in May 2019, opening for Tunstall in venues such as New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern and Cambridge’s The Sinclair.