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James Maddock ~ Your Stars Have Aligned

James Maddock

James Maddock

When the stars align, a British-born songwriter makes his home in the Big Apple where he frequents venues like Rockwood Music Hall. He blesses the patrons there, (and at other lucky venues), with his awesome compositions. This is one of those artists that can really give you the chills in a very good way. You will want to read on…

James Maddock’s songs paint many pictures; some of them melancholy, some of them sweet, … but ALL of them just plain memorable! This EPK/video is imbued not only with his great music, but also with powerful imagery of New York city’s grit, mystique, loneliness, and yes, … even romance. Listening to Mr. Maddock’s music made me feel that he had channeled profound experiences into fine art. He also seems to have a soft spot for the place he calls his home. As a native NY’er, I cant help but really understand that (-; Here is your blog mate…

The first track he treats us to is about a very specific ‘moment’ in time.  The arrangements are just beautiful and James communicates a very gentle, loving message with a voice that is unmistakably masculine in texture. The time and place he seems to hold in such high regard is the moment of a “Sunrise on Avenue C”. I got the feeling he did not want to leave that time and place. After listening, … neither did I.

The second track briefly visited in this brilliantly done EPK is “When the Stars Align”. Today happens to be an astronomical new moon and yesterday was the summer solstice, (first day of summer). So it is fitting that we blog about James tonight! You will also get a glimpse of James’ personality and songwriting approach in the video. I liked him, (as an artist AND as a person) right after I clicked the (PLAY) button… I’m pretty sure you will too.  It’s good to be well-liked as well as mega-talented James! We also think your accent is endearing so congratulations on having it all!

The third song touched upon in the EPK will be posted in it’s complete mp3 format below: “Hollow Love”. Enjoy this amazing journey:

I loved the agitation of the acoustic guitar throughout this song… giving it exciting movement and energy. It is full of hooks too and hints at a sense of humor in lyrics such as, “All night I sit up and ‘drink’ about you”. The love I have for the work of this songwriter is by no means hollow.

[MP3] James Maddock ~ HOLLOW LOVE

Please see the following link for more of James Maddock and his scheduled appearances: http://myspace.com/jamesmaddockmusic


June 22, 2009 - Posted by | New York, Songwriter Reviews | , , , , , , ,


  1. I can’t wait for this album to come out. Wood-Songs from Stamford Hill is one of my favorite records of all-time. I’ve been waiting 10 years to hear the follow up. I hope this guy gets the attention he deserves.

    Comment by Alan | August 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. hi sharon
    thank you so much for your review . I cant seem to friend you on face book. Is there something wrong with your page ?
    Either way , lets stay in touch

    Comment by james | March 22, 2010 | Reply

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