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November 28, 2016; Toronto, ON / Calgary, AB - MDM Recordings Inc. (MDM) was thrilled to announce a new addition to their award-winning roster. Leaving Thomas, a Calgary-based energetic contemporary country duo, Annika Odegard and Bryton Udy join the MDM team, signing a 3-year licensing deal. The band debuted their first single, “Waiting Kind Of Girl”, to Canadian country radio on December 25, 2016. The single is now available worldwide on all digital platforms.
MDM Recordings’ latest signing, Leaving Thomas is a great coup for this award winning label rounding out their roster with another hit act. Fans are already responding to the duo's first release 'Waiting Kind of Girl.'
‘Waiting Kind of Girl‘ went to radio on Christmas Day and is already the talk of the town. The two teased the single when they announced they were signed to MDM Recordings back in November. In the video, the two showcase their undeniable energy and excitement for ‘Waiting Kind of Girl’ while sitting in the studio listening to the song.
Annika and Bryton recently performed the duet's single 'Waiting Kind of Girl' showcasing their natural ease and confidence with one another with their stage performance. It was easy to see why MDM Recording wanted to sign them in November 2016. The chemistry and personnel connection that I saw only comes from something you are born with and it was captivating yet simplistic and completely natural.
I recently had the opportunity to interview this energetic, fun duo and the personal connection is undeniable which stems back to their childhood friendship. A new legacy has begun with these two. The Canadian music industry needed a male and female duo and now we have that with 'Leaving Thomas' giving the fans music that is fresh and magical. You can't help but love the feeling you get when you hear the sweet harmony that is fresh and dynamic delivering such a positive message in the lyrics.
"I was inspired by my own experience, said Annika Odegard. I had approached Bryton Udy with the idea behind "Waiting Kind of Girl" and we decided to write a positive song to empower others:
We hope the song serves a reminder to people of their self-worth and that they don't need to wait around for someone else to make them happy.
We love this song because it's a blast to play live, it''s upbeat, and we believe in the meaning behind the song."
"Their inspiration draws from a range of fellow artists, and personal favourites from Keith Urban and Shania Twain, to Stevie Wonder. Lyrically, they let their personal experiences guide their stories. Shares Odegard, "It’s always a very organic, natural process when we write together, and each song is close to our hearts because of the personal connection we have to each one."
Both have a very strong background in music from a young age. Odegard and Udy first met as part of the children’s chorus in a local production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. They reconnected 10 years later at the 2012 Calgary Stampede Talent Search, where Odegard won the grand prize, and Udy was crowned as "Most Promising Performer." A deep friendship formed, and following brief, independent solo endeavors, the "BFF's" solid friendship later evolved into a creative musical collaboration. The distinctive name Leaving Thomas, comes from a witty merger of the duo’s middle names.
Leaving Thomas has already performed throughout Calgary and surrounding area, opening for such acts as Colt Ford and Andi Case. They also released an acoustic EP album titled The Ground Floor in January 2016.
2017 is looking pretty exciting for this duo as one's to watch in country pop music. What an amazing start for these two talented singer/songwriters and what an incredible future in music for them both. Here is the official video for "Waiting Kind of Girl"
Get your copy of Leaving Thomas's debut release "Waiting Kind of Girl" and their acoustic EP "THE GROUND FLOOR" both released in December 2016, at iTunes
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Leaving Thomas MDM Recording Inc.: mdmrecordings.net/leaving-thomas