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MAUDE MAGGART comes from a line of musical women. At the age of 15, her grandmother made her Broadway debut in George White's Scandals of 1926. Her parents are Broadway veterans as well, and her sister is the singer and songwriter Fiona Apple; they were raised in upper Manhattan, around 125th Street. Maude began her cabaret career in Los Angeles in 2001 at the Gardenia in Hollywood, and in the short time since then she has been booked into the high-tone environs of the Royal Room in Palm Beach, the Plush Room in San Francisco, and Schroeder's Cabaret in San Diego, and, back home in Manhattan, at the Oak Room at the Algonquin, Danny's Skylight Room, and Feinstein's at the Regency. This August, Maude will return to play the Gardenia in Hollywood. Maude has generated feature stories and high critical praise wherever she's performed, and in April 2005 was the recipient of two MAC awards. Her voice has been described as haunting, mysterious, ethereal, and heartbreaking. But it is her ability to sing the songs of her grandmother's time "in a voice that we haven't heard in sixty years," as Andrea Marcovicci put it, that separates her from her contemporaries.