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Cut from the same cloth as fiery crooners Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood, country singer Maggie Rose was born Margaret Rose Durante in 1988 in Potomac, Maryland. Durante took to the stage at the age of 16, performing frequently with the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover group, before heading off to Clemson University. She left school in her sophomore year to focus on music, eventually relocating to Nashville, Tennessee on the advice of industry icon Tommy Mottola, who helped her ink a deal with Universal Republic, who released her debut single, a 2009 cover of Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody." She left the label the following year and signed with Emrose Records and released a pair of singles and an EP under her birth name before assuming the moniker Maggie Rose for the 2012 single "I Ain't Your Mama." A debut fell-length album, Cut to Impress, produced by Blake Chancey, Stephony Smith, and James Stroud, appeared from RPM Records in the spring of 2013. ~ James Christopher Monger