Tell us who you are and what you do!
My name is Maddie and I’m a 6 year old singer/songwriter. I was born in Little Rock but have lived in both Arkansas and Texas. I currently live in Morrilton Arkansas. I’ve spent most of my life in Dallas, Texas and I love and miss it so much.
My mom sings and plays a little piano so I’ve always been around music. We started making up songs together before I even turned two! My dad doesn’t sing but he’s a preacher and man can he preach!
I love singing and I began to love it when my mom played the song Hallelujah. I really got into it and wanted to do more. I’m super creative and writing music makes me feel really good. I love writing songs because music is powerful and it makes people happy.
What is the inspiration for your work?
I love music and I’ve been singing with my mom since I’ve been able to make sounds and talk. She is one of my earliest inspirations, but I also LOVE Alicia Keys because I want to be able to play and sing just like she does. I also love gospel music and enjoy singing with my mom.
Pop, gospel, and R&B are my favs but I listen to a little bit of everything. My favorite music show right now is The 4 and of course The Voice. I also love America’s Got Talent.
About my new song Freedom. I’ve been to the studio with mom before and the experience was amazing. So, mom and I set out to write a song just for me. This song is special because it contains all of the messages mom and dad share with me daily. They tell me I can be anything I want to be and we wanted to share that same message with girls around the world! We literally wrote it in less than an hour and invited my uncle Cameron to write a verse and perform it with me.
What would you say to prevent an upcoming artist from making the same mistakes you have made?
They should never give up even though the journey may be difficult. Sometimes people won’t buy your music but it shouldn’t make you stop writing or being creative. I do it because I love it. While I want people to buy it, it’s more important to me that I never stop doing what I love!
Also, practice really does make perfect. You can’t just expect to get on stage and wow everyone. It takes passion and hard work. You have to be coachable and get feedback to get better and better.
What obstacles have you faced as a Black Artist/Business Owner? How did you overcome them?
I have lots of support from close family and friends but that doesn’t add up to music sales. Being an independent artist is difficult and it’s harder to get your music heard and sold without the backing of a record label. I’ve decided to just do what I love and let mom worry about all that for now.