There’s such deeply felt emotion and tenderness in her voice, I get chills listening to her sacred chants.
Ellen Holmes, CD producer for Valley Entertainment
M.M.C.M (current candidate), L.L.C.M., Dip. I.B.S.D.
Originally born in Ireland, mezzo-soprano/songwriter/voice-over artist and producer, Liz Madden is a classically trained vocalist who comes from a family lineage steeped in Irish traditional music. She has toured globally, headlining events such as the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France), Nobel Women's Initiative, World Music Festival (Israel), 7th Folk & Art Festival (China), and the Albuquerque Folk Festival (USA). Other performances include the Emerald Voices St. Patrick's Day Festival with the Eglin Children's Chorus along with Handel's Messiah with the Southwestern Master Chorale. Liz has performed with orchestras such as the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the R'annana Orchestra Israel. Formerly the front-woman for international renowned duo RUA, Liz is a member of the world music group, SHISHONNAH.
As a soloist, Liz has contributed to over 12 albums, her most recent album "Legacy" (Valley Entertainment) was written and produced with Fionan de Barra (RUNA, Clannad, Keith & Kristyn Getty) and features Emmy winner Joanie Madden (Cherish the Ladies) and guest artist Eamonn de Barra (Slide). Most recently Liz recorded with Emmy winning composer Michael Whalen on the track LITTLE STAR which features on his new album DREAM CYCLE.
As a songwriter, Liz's voice and original songs have featured in Film and hit TV shows worldwide including, My Girlfriend is a nine-tailed Fox (KBS Korea), Non-stop (MBC Korea), Plus or Minus 2 Degrees (documentary), and the award winning sitcom Hello Franceska (KBS Korea). Her work has been used by global giants FUJI and Oksusu Tea for their TV commercials across Asia. She has collaborated with artists and composers such as Billy Sherwood (YES), Richard Cottle (Tina Turner, Eric Clapton), JMZ (Bjork), Paul Barrett (U2, Sinead O'Connor) and world-renowned jazz guitarist Nigel Clark (Carol Kidd). Other successful collaborations include Irish songwriter Katie Carpenter. They won Best Irish Entry and runner-up at the International Song of Peace contest, and finalists in the Christie Hennessy Song Competition, the Pan Celtic Song Contest and the Clancy Brothers Song Contest. Their songs WHITE WILLOW was nominated at the New Mexico Music Awards for Best Folk Song. Liz's work with German artist Saby O' has resulted in two compositions being featured on the album With Arms Entwined, which won Best Alternative Album and Best CD Album of the Year at the German Rock and Pop Preix Music Awards, along with a full album of new songs being released in August 2019 by ZYX Germany.
Currently completing her Masters of Music in Voice Performance at SWBTS in Texas, Liz was formerly Artist-in-Residence at First Baptist Church of Burleson and a vocalist with the Southwestern Master Chorale and the worship group RIVER OF PRAISE. A regular contributing writer for the Christian Librarian Journal, Liz also writes the "Musical Notes" column for the AFN Kwajalein Hourglass Magazine.
An accomplished actress and musical theater performer, Liz has performed lead roles in shows/musicals and was formerly a lead performer with the Drawing Room Opera Company. As a voice-over artist, Liz has voiced for radio, TV and Theater. She has been involved with many charities including Bee for Battens, The Variety Club of Ireland Children's Charity, Dublin Simon Community, Children in Crossfire and Chernobyl Children International. She was actively involved in her local and federal government in the creation of better housing for low-income families in Arkansas where she used to reside.
Most recently Liz produced and performed in the new live show Meeting At The Crossroads which was released on DVD and Digital TV in February 2017 and was also shown on PBS USA. She also co-wrote, produced and narrated the new St. Patrick's Day documentary Wearing The Green which is now available on DVD.
Two tracks co-written by Liz featured on With Arms Entwined by German artist Saby O, which won Best Alternative Album and Best CD Album of the Year at the German Rock & Pop Preix Music Awards of 2017.
Audioverse Awards 2016
Finalist for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress
Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2016
Finalist with original composition "Fado, Fado", written by Katie Carpenter, Liz Madden and Fionan de Barra.
Clancy Brothers Songwriting Contest 2015
Runner-up with "Southern Fire" written by Katie Carpenter, Liz Madden and Gary Burke
New Mexico Music Awards 2015
Nominated for Best Folk Song "White Willow", written by Katie Carpenter, Liz Madden, arranged and produced by Fionan de Barra and Liz Madden
Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2015
Finalist with "Southern Fire" written by Katie Carpenter, Liz Madden and Gary Burke
Tipperary International Song of Peace 2014
Winner "Best Irish Entry" and overall Runner-up with "Open Up" written by Katie Carpenter and Liz Madden
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2014
2nd place winner of the Dawn Patrol category at the Cindy Petrehen Memorial Photo Competition.