*Maddy's stage prefix "Mana" comes from East Timor, a newly sovereign nation in the Indonesian archipelago where Maddy took a 2-month journey in 2004. Her Timorese brothers and sisters would call her Mana Maddy, which means "sister Maddy" in the country's principal native language Tetum. The name stuck.Mana* Maddy Streicek was born and raised in Quesnel, British Columbia on a healthy diet of Maria Callas, Joni Mitchell and goat's milk. After completing high school in Canada she relocated to Sydney, Australia where she lived for 6 years and began a degree in Architecture. She enrolled in a 1 year exchange program to UC Berkeley in 2006, and has been living in Oakland ever since her official graduation in 2008. Maddy toured the country with progressive rock / Afro-Colombian fusion band Antioquia for over 4 years as their lead vocalist and keyboardist until March 2011, when she joined the folk/blues band Whiskerman as backup vocalist and keyboardist. Since leaving Whiskerman in August 2011 she has been wholeheartedly pursuing a path as a solo singer/songwriter. She croons pretty songs in the folk, jazz and progressive pop realms, on her ukelele and piano... songs about owls, rivers, the spirit, and love.