M.A.D. Women is an entertaining musical show featuring the talents of two Illinois-born musicians/vocalists/songwriters, Amy Jo Madden and Barbara Allender, and a band of accomplished musicians and vocalists who bring their own style to cover tunes and a new unique sound with original songs.
Their story -
Madden and Allender had been living in the same county; but they had never met until... Allender stopped by a small grocery store to put up posters to promote a music festival, the Harmony Fest, that she and her family had started nearby. Madden was there and they struck up a conversation. Allender recognized that it was Madden's voice, in fact, she had heard and admired from years before at another local festival. She extended an invitation to her to enter the Harmony Fest contest. Madden took her turn on the festival stage, claimed the first place festival status, and struck up a musical friendship that would propel the duo into a future of performing and recording.
Audiences are immediately engaged with a M.A.D. Women welcome as they explain that they are not "angry, but maybe a little crazy!" Madden further captivates audiences with her unbridled vocal grit. From a Janis Joplin Blues tune to a Tyler Childers' ballad, she puts her spin on the popular hits which span the decades.
Allender adds to the musical journey with a vocal repertoire ranging from a rowdy Bluegrass foot-stomper to a Fleetwood Mac favorite. She also takes the lead on guitar and showcases versatility on the banjo and mandolin.
Performing as a duet or with a full band, they engage audiences in a high energy stage show which has developed a steady performance schedule and dedicated fan base. They have performed in venues throughout the Midwest since 2014. In 2016, they recorded a CD of cover tunes with one of Allender's originals. An all-original, 10-song recording project is soon to be released.
The group looks forward to entertaining YOU with their high energy stage shows. M.A.D. Women are not only making music, they are making memories!