Hampton grad releasing second CD, "Glory Bound"
Maddie Georgi has been living a double life since graduating from Hampton High School in 2010.
During the week, Georgi is a student at Allegheny College in Meadville, but on weekends, at least for the past year, Georgi has been a dedicated musician making the return trip to Pittsburgh to spend time in the studio working on songs.
The connections, collaborations, songwriting, rehearsing and producing all will culminate at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 11, with the release of her new album, “Glory Bound,” at The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood.
Georgi said she has grown as a musician since putting out her first album in 2009 — “Glory Bound” marks her second album — and the change is evident in her new music.
“I think people who listen to ‘Go', my last EP, and then listen to this one, you can really hear how much I've grown and changed in the last four years,” she said. “I feel like this is really my CD. I feel like I've put a lot of myself into this.
“This is my first piece of work that I've be involved in the production, and that's really special to me.”
Georgi said the album's five tracks are “not quite country,” and each one is a little different from the next.
“‘Until We Meet Again' is a pop ballad; ‘The Way You Say My Name' is a pop-rock, in-your-face track; ‘Hurricane' is a little funky,” Georgi said. “I think there's something for everybody on it.
“It really represents me as a singer and songwriter in so many experiences and different types of music.”
“Glory Bound” also features songs Georgi wrote in collaboration with Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Bill Deasy.
The partnership started when Deasy contacted Georgi to sing vocals for a song he wrote for a short-lived television show that aired on Country Music Television.
The partnership grew with the pair working together in the studio.
“At first, it was an experiment to see if we had good writing chemistry, and then it turned into her next music project,” Deasy said.
Georgi also credits Deasy with helping to teach her the ins and outs of production and giving her the confidence to get more involved in the production of the album.
Deasy also can be heard adding his talents to the background vocals on the final recordings.
Deasy introduced Georgi to the band she recorded the album with and who will perform with her on Friday, including Chris Parker on lead guitar, Skip Sanders on bass and keys, and David Throckmorton on drums.
“That's what's so cool about the Pittsburgh music scene,” Georgi said. “Everyone is helping each other out and jumping in.”
Georgi said she is looking forward to performing in her hometown again tomorrow night before returning to her life as a student for the second semester of her junior year.
“To finally come home and know recording is done and finally be not worrying about having a double life and focusing on what I want to do … for one night, I get to have fun and perform, and it's all about ‘Glory Bound,'” Georgi said.
Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.