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Kozak makes Opry debut

Monday, October 28, 2019 – Canadian singer Madison Kozak reached one her bucket list goals on Saturday when she made her Grand Ole Opry on Saturday to a standing ovation.

Kozak, 22, made her first visit to the Opry 12 years ago with her father - the inspiration behind her song, "First Last Name."

"i was a little kid in pink cowboy boots the first time dad and I went to see the Opry," Kozak said on Instagram. "We sat about 10 rows back, and there were stars in my eyes as i sang along to Loretta Lynn sing 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' a song she wrote about her first last name. Talk about a full circle."

Welcomed into the circle by Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, Kozak had the house on their feet for "First Last Name." Penned by Kozak with Claire Douglas and James Slater, the tune secured her a record deal as the flagship artist for Songs & Daughters, the new female-focused label helmed by songwriter Nicolle Galyon in partnership with Big Loud.

The recent Belmont University graduate also introduced an unreleased track, "Household," with her parents alongside family and friends from her birthplace of Lindsay, Ontario in attendance.

Recently releasing music videos for "Phases" and "Little Bit of You," as featured on her independent "Heartbreak School - EP," Kozak is full-speed ahead with a high-profile appearance at Live In The Vineyard in Napa Valley, Cal. on Friday.

She will support Morgan Evans, Aaron Watson and Mason Ramsey on their respective tours.

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