Maggie Szabo
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Maggie Szabo

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF | AFM

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2000
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"New Music Ten Interview With Maggie"

Soulful music is rare. These days we’re swimming in pop music, rock music, one hit wonders and more, it’s a sonic open buffet. Not as present is the sonic delicacy of soul music. To be able to bare one’s soul, cleanly and as as clearly as Clark Kent rips open his white dress shirt to reveal the symbolic S crest is demanding. It’s messy work, dealing with the heart, confronting the soul, it’s not all light and love. Which makes the emergence of Maggie compelling. She’s committed to the messy work, fully prepared to mine her soul. Read on; you’ll see exactly what I mean…

Maggie NewMusic TenSo small town girl making adjusting to life in LA. Why LA and not say New York?

Yes, living in LA is definitely a big adjustment, but a great one. I love it here! Before I moved to LA last year, I came out here for 2 weeks to do some songwriting and during my trip here I fell in love with the city. I had a feeling that this was the pace I had to be for my music. I went back home to Canada and got ready for the big move out here, and a month later I landed in LA. I just had some kind of gut feeling that this was the place I needed to be.

What were some of the challenges moving to and setting up shop in LA?

Well, I’m really close with my family so moving far away by myself and not being able to see them was really difficult. I also didn’t know anyone when I got here, so finding friends and setting up a brand new life was pretty intimidating, and at the beginning pretty lonely. Making the move to LA wasn’t just relocating to a new city either, it was relocating to a new country so there was a lot of work that went into that. But at the end of the day, we all make sacrifices for what we love and I’m glad I decided to just do it! I feel lucky to have been able to make the move with the support of my family back home…I’m excited to have my whole family visit LA so I can show them around!

When did you realize your voice was unique?

I don’t really see my voice as anything other than my way for me to express myself and my music. Singing is something I’ve loved for as long as I can remember and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

How do you define soul singing?

I love this question! I was actually having a conversation about this with my producer today over Skype (he’s in NYC). We were talking about expression, and what it is that makes soul music so special. For me, it’s my way of truly expressing who I am and what I’m feeling, straight from my soul. All honesty, no sugarcoating. Whatever I’m feeling inside just comes out through my voice, and I think that’s what soul singing really is!

What are your plans and schemes for 2014?

I’m very excited for this year! I’m working with a producer in NYC on new material and I’ll be headed there in the next month to start the recording process. I’ve dedicated the past few months to writing new songs, so I’m really excited to hear how they start sounding in the studio. My main goal is to get ready to share that with the world this year, and hopefully set up a tour around that also!

Here’s the NewMusic Ten time machine: you can go back in time to see any Artist live…who do you see and what year is it?

Oh wow, this is a hard one. I recently watched a documentary called ‘Muscle Shoals’ about Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a small city known for being a hugely influential place for music from the 1960s to today. So many amazing and classic recordings were made there; Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, and the list goes on. Ever since watching that documentary, I’ve become fascinated with that place and the impact those recording studios had on music. I would love to go back in time to that place to see all of the amazing artists developing their sound in Muscle Shoals. I would learn a lot about the kind of music I love so much. - Sammy


"Maggie’s Magic at the Hotel Café"

Hotel Café, Hollywood, Saturday night. If you were in Los Angeles this was the place to be. Canadian-born, LA-based soul pop singer Maggie (aka All About Maggie) was introducing her new single “Tidal Waves and Hurricanes” with a high-powered concert and a screening of the new song video and you did not want to miss this show.
I got there a little before 8 and the crowd was already filing in. Maggie and her band – Sam Campbell on drums, Nate Evans on rhythm guitar/background vocals, Mike Minjarez on bass guitar/keys/background vocals, Kyle Calvillo on lead guitar, and special guest Jarrett Furst on the carbon graphite cello – were hanging out on the floor chatting with friends as the James Apollo Five finished up their set and the country singer Dawn McCoy came on.
As McCoy sang her last song, there was a surge of Maggie fans through the door. Every chair was filled and the floor rapidly went from relaxed and chatty to crowded and focused. They were here to see Maggie. When her trademark pink microphone stand and microphone were brought out there was a scattering of applause. The overhead projector lit up on the movie screen positioned at the north wall. People stepped back and to watch the wall, then watched the stage, then watched the wall. Maggie had the audience in the palm of her hand and she was not even on stage yet.
When she did come on, the applause was deafening. She took full command of the room. A brilliant contrast in a midriff-revealing white pattered blouse, a short black skirt and black stockings, all by topped her 500-watt smile and sparkling blue eyes, she began her seduction of the audience. There was a new vibe in the room.

Maggie kicked off the evening with her video; all eyes turned to the screen while we watched the inaugural showing of “Tidal Waves and Hurricanes”. As she said on my radio show Friday, what inspired the song was moving to LA, a new place, by herself, not knowing anybody. She was going to make it. The song lays down a marker –
If tidal waves and hurricanes/Come my way
No they won’t knock me down/They will not make me drown
You know I’m strong than that
Maggie easily mixes determination and fun in everything she does.
After the video she launched into her set list, with “Crazy Love You”, co-written with Tanya Leah, about a former beau with a “tilted smile and brown eyes” that showcased her flexible voice, her rainbow-hued story telling set to a strong pop style with head-nodding hooks and sophisticated melodies We were all bouncing along with her.
maggie.hotel.armsup2014She kept up the energy and filled the hall with her anthem “Lovesick”, pushing the chorus ‘I kinda like it” to the very back walls with a big voice from her tiny frame. The room was at full on and she was in full command. She continued that command through “Dancing In the Face of Heartbreak” from her Now Hear Me Out Album, “Forgive or Forget You” and “Anytime At All”. Between songs she did what she does so well on her dozens of vlogs: talks with – not at – the audience, even though it’s a one-way conversation. She told stories of the songs and of LA while she introduced her bandmates.
Altogether, Maggie gave us nine songs and the video, a fast moving, totally joyful show, broken up by stories, jokes, a duet, conversations with the band and her trademark relationship with the audience. Some songs were from her album, Now Hear Me Out, some were new and may show up on a EP now in the works, and some were just for fun. The show was completely geared to please the audience and succeeded.
She sang alone with the band in most songs, but toward the end of the show she pickup her acoustic guitar, moving from fun to serious and back again as the song demanded, but always gifting us with her wide-ranging voice that can belt with the blues and hit the high notes. Her band was spot on and well-guided by Maggie with concert-master hand and arm gestures (she not only commands the room, but the band!). Especially noteworthy was her drummer, Sam Campbell who provided the complex rhythms her songs called for with ease and never overshadowed her voice or the others. Unfortunately, as usual, the Hotel Café’s two cabinet speakers and mixer did not deliver the range necessary to separate her voice cleanly from the rest of the band and, unless you were perfectly positioned – about the middle of the floor, some of her lines were swallowed up . I look forward to seeing her perform in a quality sound controlled venues like Witzend Live in Venice or maybe even Hollywood Bowl.
In addition to world-class singing and songwriting, developing amazing rapport is one of Maggie’s strengths. Although she is only 23, Maggie has 10 years of songwriting under belt, and several years of performing. This has given her an easy confidence with a camera and with an audience. She understands how to be very personal without being vulnerable. She is accessible, loveable and fun to be with, but never stops being a star. It is now wonder that in 1 year she has collected 22,000 Facebook fans, 33,000 twitter followers and boasts 13.5 million YouTube downloads.

Whether you are seeing her on a computer screen, smartphone or on a stage, Maggie delivers the best in pop as a personal gift to you. Saturday night’s performance had that quality in spades. I came for the music and stayed for the star. - Patrick O’Heffernan


"Ryan Seacrest"

Canadian pop-soul singer Maggie wants everyone to know that she is a force to be reckoned with in the music video for her newest single, “Tidal Waves & Hurricanes,” and RyanSeacrest.com has the exclusive premiere. In the video directed by Mobi, the singer-songwriter packs her bags and hits the open road for a journey of self-discovery. The scenic visual finds the singer driving cross country and taking a solo stroll in the forest, desert, and beach to free her mind. Using powerful metaphors of natural disasters and a lyrical cut from a famous nursery rhyme, the introspective track yields a powerful message of independence and self-confidence. “Sticks and stones may break my bones / but bones will always heal,” she sings. “Tidal waves and hurricanes come my way / no they won’t knock me down / no they will not make me drown / you know I’m stronger than that.” “Tidal Waves & Hurricanes” is available for download on iTunes now. For more information on Maggie, fans can follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook. - See more at: http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2014/02/27/maggie-is-unbreakable-in-tidal-waves-hurricanes-video-watch/#sthash.l8qhmlW9.dpuf - Marc Inocencio


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Bio

As a Canadian soulful/pop powerhouse that has won audiences over worldwide with over 13 million views on YouTube and Vevo, it’s of no surprise that Maggie Szabo went from a small town girl from Ontario, Canada to an artist in her own right crafting a sound all her own in Los Angeles.

Maggie began honing her singing and writing craft at a young age in her hometown of Dundas, Ontario by performing and exploring as many opportunities as she could. Immediately after graduating from high school, she then decided to pack her car and drive to Nashville to further explore her songwriting capabilities.

While living in Nashville, Maggie ended up creating a fresh sound infused with soulful pop melodies. Inspired by her surroundings and experiences in the music mecca of America she strengthened her songwriting craft and performing skills and was offered a record deal with Linus Entertainment in Ontario.

In November 2012, she released her debut pop album “Now Hear Me Out” (Linus Ent/ eOne). All original songs on her album were co-written by Maggie with production by Justin Gray (Joss Stone) and Gavin Bradley (Nelly Furtado) and Tanya Leah.

After releasing her debut single “Lovesick” to heavy rotation across Canadian airwaves, Maggie was named as Bell Media’s Emerging Artist and was personally chosen by famed blogger Perez Hilton as his “Can YOU Sing?” contest winner that beat out thousands of singers as he hailed Maggie as the next big superstar.

After the success of her first album, Maggie chose Los Angeles as her next destination to create new music. Since spending time in L.A., Maggie has gained exposure from playing all original new music to sold-out crowds at the infamous Viper Room, House of Blues, and famed venue the Hotel Café.

Maggie wrote and recorded her new song ‘Tidal Waves and Hurricanes’, and the accompanying music video to her highly anticipated single was premiered exclusively by Ryan Seacrest and has since been garnering attention by media and her fans.

With an online fan-base growing by the thousands monthly and a social media following that tops some of the nations most established pop artists, Maggie has proven to be a star on the rise that used the power of social media to deliver original songs online to her dedicated fans.

Constantly creating, writing and evolving, this Canadian chanteuse has been hard at work on new music and is gearing up to start the next exciting chapter of her musical journey with a new album, new sound and new outlook.

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