Don't be fooled by her slight frame, tender years and polished elegance. Instead, look into her eyes, watch the sway of her body and listen to her words. For Madeleine Rose Witney is no conventional torch singer but a woman with a voice like velvet who takes every experience from her helter skelter life, wraps it in song and leads her audience on a journey into poetry, emotion and truth.
Born and raised in London, Madeleine found her voice as a young woman thanks to the music of jazz legends from the 1930s to the 1950s. Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day and Julie London were the women who inspired her with their musicality, interpretation and feeling. What makes Madeleine such a unique talent is her skill at taking the techniques of those songstresses of yesteryear and bringing them into the 21st century.
Her live performances see her move seamlessly from traditional standards to her own compositions, which draw a line from the swing of the jazz era with beatnik improv to contemporary sounds. Her themes are modern, relevant, sometimes outré, but always designed to engage and provoke. Bringing it all together is her often heart-rending original poetry. The live experience gives her audiences a glimpse into the life of this very contemporary young woman with a vintage soul.
Madeleine Rose Witney has built a solid foundation of followers thanks to her performances at high-profile venues in London, including The Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse, The Jazz Cafe and The Victoria and Albert Museum. Her residences include The Groucho Club, Nightjar, Adam Street Private Members Club, Bloomsbury Hotel, Primo, Baroque at Playboy Private Members Club, and Novikov.