You could argue that dynamic country duo Mae Valley were always fated to meet. From a young age, Abby Christodoulou and Hannah Cosgrove moved in similar orbits, spending their early years performing and picking up accolades in New Zealand’s country music scene, earning reputations as promising young stars.
The pair eventually met on the set of The X Factor NZ, bonding over their shared love of pop-tinged country music and creating a fast partnership.
“I knew the duo was going to work because we had an instant bond”, says Hannah, “I think it was when we were getting ready to do our first performance that I really knew. She came to Hamilton and we rehearsed for the first time together and realised our sound seemed even stronger than just us by ourselves.”
“Performing has never felt so right since meeting Hannah. Sharing the stage with her is like enjoying a day out with your friend.”, adds Abby.
Picked up by Sony after X Factor, the new duo began working on original music and within weeks had penned their first song together, a yearning tune called ‘Home’. This, along with 4 other tracks, including their lead single ‘Brightside’, formed their debut EP which was released in March this year.
The 5 track self-titled EP is a truly collaborative effort, featuring ‘I Won’t Be Long’ a song written with Jamie McDell as well as instrumentation across the EP from Benny Tipene, Avalanche City’s Dave Baxter and Daniel Cosgrove, Hannah’s brother and well-known country musician. ‘Mae Valley’ was produced by Sam de Jong (Stan Walker, Ginny Blackmore, Whenua Patuwai) and recorded in Auckland’s Parachute Studios.
Mae Valley hit #1 on iTunes and debuted at #3 and #6 on the NZTop 20 NZ and NZTop40 Album charts respectively. It has amassed over 250k streams to date and attracted fans all over the world, including US country star Cam, who gave a special shout out to the girls for their cover of her hit song ‘Burning House.’ They soon caught the attention of another US country pop star, Kelsea Ballerini, when they opened the stage for her Auckland iHeart Radio show in March this year.
Currently working towards a sophomore effort, and with their recently released second single Glitter earning them a slew of new fans, it’s clear that Mae Valley’s unique chemistry was a partnership written in the stars.