Her latest release CRUSH ON YOU out in February 2016, is a collection of five original songs about the independent spirit of love crossed with longing, that MacDuffie herself refers to as electronic folk. There is a playfulness and sensitivity to her work, and the tunes are both catchy and deep. MacDuffie has merged her Americana folk singer/songwriter sound with an ’80s rock twist for an eclectic, retro sound. The tracks range from the powerful title track “Crush on You,” to the meditative “I Call You” with its steadily rolling drums, to the sweet melody of the ballad “Precious Kisses,” the dynamic lullaby “Sweet Pea,” and is rounded out by an anthemic ode to the musician’s instrument, “My Little Guitar”. Her vocal clarity and expressive range, her creative use of lyrics, and her signature background vocal styling ensure her unique voice will be heard in not only the Americana singer/songwriter scene, but in other genres as well.
CRUSH ON YOU was produced in Austin, Texas, by Rob Halverson, who has produced and performed with an impressive roster of legendary Austin performers. Halversonics Recording has played host to a bevy of award-winning artists. On the CRUSH ON YOU EP Halverson (synthesizers, bass, piano, vibes, percussion, guitars) is joined by renowned drummer/percussionist Dony Wynn, who has long been appreciated for his work with Robert Palmer, Dr. John, Patti LaBelle, Brooks and Dunn, and Robert Plant. Paul Klemperer steps in on baritone sax, and Carrington croons, whispers, and belts out her vocals and plays acoustic and electric ukuleles and piano. CRUSH ON YOU was mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering, Portland, Oregon.
MacDuffie is an adventurer at heart with a gypsy spirit. Born on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, she has traveled across America, making herself at home in cities where she felt a connection, like Austin, Seattle, and Venice Beach. Her journeys have also taken her throughout Europe, the Hawaiian Islands, and the West Indies, which is reflected in her music and lyrics. Experiencing culture through music offered her new and different perceptions, shaping MacDuffie’s artistic path since she was a child.
It was the start of a love affair with language, particularly poetry, which led her to pursue a degree in English at Johns Hopkins University. However, after an adolescence spent at boarding school, the limitations of a regimented campus life felt stifling to her bohemian spirit and the wordsmith was inspired to take a break from her studies and spend six months backpacking across Europe. She decided to return to school in Boston, and took courses at Harvard before completing her degree at Boston University. “At whatever school I was attending I always found a piano for banging out song ideas, which kept me in the flow of life.”
MacDuffie has made a name for herself as a voice-over artist and narrator, voicing a wide range of characters and dialects, including the part of a shamanic Scottish dwarf in World of Warcraft, and the campy private eye in the audio comic Honey West; as well as narrating various documentaries, and such national commercials as Ancestry.com and Canon cameras. She has narrated over 200 audiobooks, has won numerous AudioFile ‘Earphones’ Awards and has been a finalist six times for the Audie Award. Additionally, she has published a book of her own poetry, On the Dreaming Earth, and an audiobook of spoken word and sound, Many Things Invisible — all the while serving as poetry editor for the literary journal Square Lake.
MacDuffie continues to receive high praise for her lively narration of audiobook titles by such notable authors as Harlan Coben and Candace Bushnell, and provided the voice for Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words by Malka Marom, and Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen. “Voicing Joni Mitchell’s interviews got me inside her work in a way I wouldn’t have otherwise explored, and speaking in depth for the girls of Pussy Riot from the point of view of a Russian journalist was not only fascinating, but also profoundly inspiring,” says Carrington.
MacDuffie’s first EP ONLY AN ANGEL in 2014 was inspired by the music scene in Austin. The six original tracks explore not only the natural beauty and metaphorical possibilities of her varied surroundings, but also delve into the heat of romance with all its mysteries.
CRUSH ON YOU is further evidence of MacDuffie’s undying love of verse and song. Her lifelong interest in poetry and success in performing the spoken word have given rise to an artist with a terrific ability to communicate her emotions and perceptions through her music.