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West Falls native, Maddie Larkin, debuts first music video

SET THE STAGE — Musician Maddie Larkin is pictured, above, performing in Buffalo’s Silo City grain elevators.
WEST FALLS — Maddie Larkin, 18, of West Falls, has taken her alternative country music styles from Buffalo to Nashville. Now, she is unveiling her debut music video, “You Won’t Love Me.”

Larkin’s video, which was released on Jan. 31, was filmed among Buffalo’s Silo City grain elevators.

Larkin and music video Director Jenna Ricker said that they chose this locale, for several reasons. “When Jenna saw the Silo City grain elevators, she was immediately struck by their cinematic possibilities,” Larkin said. “For me, having grown up in Western New York and attending school in Buffalo, I was honored to film at the grain elevators, because of their historical significance. I look forward to my fans in Western New York enjoying my music, against the backdrop of such a valued community landmark. I’m also very proud to promote my music and my hometown, through the worldwide launch of this video.”

Scenes for the video were staged and filmed, to portray the song’s sentiments. The footage was then edited for projection on the walls of the grain mill, as Larkin performed.

“We had no electricity, so we worked off generators, which provided its own set of challenges,” Larkin said. “Then, we needed both daylight and evening light, to achieve just the right effect, on those old, brick grain mill walls. It took days to get everything just as I envisioned, but, in the end, we achieved the picture-perfect backdrop, for the story of my song.”

Nashville Music Producer Dave Bechtel assisted in the recording of “You Won’t Love Me,” which includes singer Nick Howard, on backup vocals. New York City Cinematographer Nina Krstic was in charge of filming Larkin’s video. She was aided by WNY cinematographers Jordan Lema and Ryan Heart.

Larkin produced and recorded her first album, “Letters From My Cold Heart,” at age 16. She has served as the opening act for Nashville musicians Eric Church, Hunter Hayes and J.T. Hodges. After two years of concert appearances, the musician is now working in Nashville, Tenn. She is attending the Buffalo Seminary School.

“You Won’t Love Me” is currently available for download, through iTunes® or at www.maddielarkin.com. To watch the music video, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAoW1Q5gbXU.
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