Kenmore Middle School 8th Grader Margot MacDonald is rapidly gaining recognition in the music scene, following the release of her debut album "Rising," written by Margot herself and blending pop, rock, folk and R&B.
Margot, whose favorite artist is Sarah McLachlan, hopes to one day have a career as a performer and songwriter. But despite her growing recognition, Margot remains humble concerning her future plans. "I'm not looking to get famous fast," she explained.
The teen has been singing since she was two years old. however, her family was not fully aware of her musical ability until her second grade teacher nominated her for "gifted in music," which inspired Margot to take her book reports one step further by developing them into songs.
At 13, her range of song subjects has expanded. "My inspiration comes from the things that are occurring in my life at the moment," explained Margot. "Writing songs helps me deal with them."
Rising was produced by Grammy Award-winning music producer John Jennings, who is best known for working with Mary-Chapin Carpenter. "I was impressed by her early on," Jennings said of Margot, "It didn't take me long to say 'I'd love to make this record.'"
Margot currently has a few new songs in the works. She projects her follow-up album to be released sometime next summer. Margot believes this album will differ from Rising because she is growing as an artist. "I'm getting into more mature songs," explained Margot, "My voice has changed."
Jennings also has high hopes for Margot's future. "If she continues to apply herself and expand her song-writing vocabulary, I think she's going to be that much better," said Jennings. "I'm excited about the future."
Margot recently performed in Arlington during Clarendon Day on Oct. 16, and the Hungry for Music Benefit Oct. 17. She is also scheduled to appear at the Live! at the Lincoln talent showcase this Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets will be $15 at the door, $10 in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org, and are available at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at 202-432-SEAT. For more information on this local singer, visit www.MargotMacDonald.com.