Multi-instrumentalist and songstress Madeline Streicek ("Mana Maddy") was born in Quesnel, BC and has been an Oakland, CA local since 2006. Raised on a healthy diet of Maria Callas, Joni Mitchell and Bach suites, these roots show up in her songs as shades of classical, jazz and folk over a canvas of doo-wop, a more recent musical obsession.
Maddy toured the country with progressive rock / Afro-Colombian fusion band Antioquia for over 4 years as their lead vocalist and keyboardist until March 2011, when she joined the folk/blues band Whiskerman as backup vocalist and keyboardist. Since leaving Whiskerman in August 2011 she has been wholeheartedly pursuing a path as a solo singer/songwriter and has been gigging as Mana Maddy on her ukulele and piano, or backed by guitarist Mateo Lugo, Oscar Westesson on upright bass, Chris Lauf on drums, and a rotating cast of backup vocalists as "Mana Maddy Band."
Maddy's primary vocal influence has been her mother, Patricia Hodgins (nÃ©e Schreiber) who was classically-trained as a vocalist in England and has performed throughout Canada in folk, cabaret, musical theatre and opera productions. Singing songs was a central part of Maddy's upbringing and Maddy credits long car trips and singing with her mother and two younger sisters with her ability to harmonize with ease.