16 Feb Stories In Songs | Maggie Szabo
When did you get the entertaining bug?
The first time I sang in public was at the local golf club. I sang “O Canada”. I was 7 years old. When I was 12, I wrote my first full song after my uncle passed away. I was heartbroken, and it was the best way I knew how to deal with it.
After high school, I drove by myself to Nashville. It was a 14 hour drive from home, and I wanted to do it all in one day to avoid staying at a weird place in the middle of nowhere all alone. I left Dundas at 5am, and when I arrived it felt like I was in a musical wonderland. I didn’t want to leave. I sang out every night at songwriters’ nights and wrote with other songwriters as much as I could.
Your big break?
After recording my own EP, it got the attention of a Canadian record label. They offered me a deal to record and release a full album, which meant I would go back to Canada to work on it. It was an amazing opportunity for me, so I took the deal, and moved back to Canada where I wrote, recorded and released my debut album. My first single, ‘Lovesick’ hit the radio and got picked up for major rotation. It was super exciting, and it inspired me to want to write more music that I could share with people. I knew it was time for my next adventure, so I came to Los Angeles for a songwriting trip and fell in love with the city. I made the decision to move here a year and a half ago, and I haven’t looked back since!
What type of music to you love to play and who are your influences?
Soul, jazz and R&B music – Carole King, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, James Taylor, and the list goes on. I think there is so much we can learn from the past, and I love incorporating that into my music. I’m in the beginning stages of a project that I’ll be filming at a Los Angeles record store, where I really dive into old classics, and talk with the owners about their personal experiences with some of the artists that have come in to visit, as well as what it was like growing up with that kind of music.
What’s the Lipstick Sister connection?
When I first moved to Los Angeles, I didn’t know a single person. It was scary, intimidating, but exciting all at the same time moving to a city like L.A. After playing small acoustic shows around town, one of the audience members brought Hensi, who started Lipstick Sister, out to my show. When Hensi and I met after my performance, she told me about the organization and I was immediately intrigued. After attending the first brunch with all of the girls, I knew I had stumbled upon something pretty amazing. Every girl there was so smart, welcoming, and supportive of everybody else. It was definitely a group of people I wanted to surround myself with. Every Sister has a dream, a passion, and something they’re working towards. Every time I see the girls, I am always motivated, energized, and ready to take on a new challenge.
Songs and updates, including her latest single “Tidal Waves & Hurricanes”, can be heard by visiting her website allaboutmaggie.com