Profile: Arlington-Born Singer/Songwriter Margot MacDonald

by ARLnow.com November 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm 6,075 15 Comments

For now, Margot MacDonald is a 19-year-old with an incredible voice and undeniable songwriting talent who lives with her parents in Lyon Park. Given her steady ascent in the world of music, however, it’s hard to see how that last part is going to last long.

MacDonald, who is playing IOTA Club (2832 Wilson Blvd) tonight with two fellow Strathmore Artists in Residence, seems destined for bigger things. A five-time Washington Area Music Award winner, MacDonald received “a little bit” of national recognition in the past year, when her self-funded album, Walls, made a list of possible GRAMMY nominees for Best Album of the Year.

Walls was actually the teen’s third album. Her first came out when she was 12, about three years after she started classic opera training. During her young career, MacDonald has veered from very folk-oriented to “completely hard rock” to what she now describes as “pop acoustic rock with a bit of a world influence.”

She has worked with two noted local record producers, including fellow Lyon Park resident Marco Delmar. But until now the former Long Branch Elementary and Kenmore Middle School student has shrugged off interest from labels.

“I haven’t felt particularly ready up until this point… I’ve just been trying to figure out who I want to be as an artist,” she said. But MacDonald says she now feels more comfortable than ever with her own musical style, and might be ready to make the leap to the big leagues of the music industry.

Earlier this month MacDonald, who has performed at the 9:30 Club and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage locally, played her first show in New York City. She says she’s anxious to go back.

“I’m really happy with what I’m doing… slowly but surely getting better and better gigs and gaining more fans,” she said. “I’m not really sure what the future holds, but I hope it’s good.”

Check out Margot’s YouTube channel to watch her past performances.

Photo courtesy of Margot MacDonald.

  • Greg

    Wow. That Teardrop song on her Youtube site is freaking genius for a 19 YO.

    • david

      +1. Thanks for passing this along ArlNow. Pretty amazing voice on this young woman.

      • V Dizzle

        Yeah, she’s really good. We should check out her local shows before she signs with management and they become expensive.

        • Franco

          Agreed! I saw her once at The Birchmere. Margot is mesmerizing. But I had no idea that she was local, much less a native Arlingtonian. IOTA, when are you having her back? And Artisphere, just why isn’t she on your calendar?!

  • If you want to check out Margot, she is giving a free performance at a charity fundraiser in DC on December 11th along with 3 other all local DC performing artists/groups.

    Event Details here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158879777488757

    The article does not mention this but Margot gives tons of volunteer performances for local charities. She is awesome!

  • MB

    More like this, please. Arlington is packed with all sorts of great talent, and I’d far rather hear about it than another round of political asshattery.

  • Great review! Sad that I missed her performance at Iota. Looks like I have some good blogging competition from you =)

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  • Mittendorf

    Saw her last night at Iota! She blew me away! So talented. I feel like I’m seeing the Beatles before they broke out worldwide and I see Margot doing that. Support your local artists! Awesome.

    • Xaviar

      I know exactly what you mean! Margot put on an arena show on IOTA’s stage. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It was surreal. I felt I was witnessing the birth of a megastar.

  • BoredHouseWife

    Thank you!

  • Me

    Tonight at 8 at Lubber Run Amphitheater.

  • Can’t wait for the new 2012 season of Margot MacDonald Spring/Summer shows. The one I’m most looking forward to right now is June 9th at Arlington’s Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre. It’s gonna be sweet!

  • Margot MacDonald will perform in Arlington this Friday, June 29th, 8:00PM at Lubber Run Amphitheater.

    • CourthouseChris

      Dude doesn’t give up.


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