Just included in NPR Music’s Favorite Discoveries from the 2013 CMJ Music Festival; songwriter, vocalist and live looper, Margot MacDonald embodies a one-woman band. A long time guitarist and pianist, Margot’s instrumentation has expanded to include unconventional vocal accompaniments created live thru the use of a loop pedal. Haunting & powerful, Margot’s performances make you forget the technology she hones, as you lose yourself in layers of lush vocals and striking melodies.
Margot began her music career with the Washington National Opera at age 10, and by 12 was releasing her first album of original material. Since then, she has put out a second, third and fourth album, opened for national acts, and played both the SXSW and CMJ Music Festivals, and such venues as the Kennedy Center, 9:30 Club, Ram’s Head Live, and The Bitter End, Sidewalk Café and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.
Now 22, Margot has just released her fourth studio album, which she funded through the support of her fans, raising $15,000 via IndieGogo.
Margot is the current Washington Area Music Association “Artist of the Year”, her 11th WAMA win, a recipient of DC’s Power 30 Under 30 award, an Artist-in-Residence alumna at the Music Center at Strathmore, and has been featured on NPR, Voice of America, and TEDx. She hosted the BMI showcase series in DC, served on the board of directors for the Songwriters’ Association of Washington, and has led GRAMMY U and other songwriting workshops.
In her spare time, Margot supports nonprofits such as Musicians On Call and More Than Me, regularly performs at charity events, and advocates for the arts in DC.