On the day she was born, the doctor who delivered Madelyn Victoria into this world had country music playing in the operating room. In the years since, country music has remained a integral part of the young Texan’s life.
Growing up in the small town of Harlingen, Texas, Madelyn joined her local church choir at the age of 13 and became the church’s lead vocalist a year later. From the age of 15, Madelyn has been performing professionally, making a name for herself across the Rio Grande Valley. Since that time, Madelyn and her band have opened for and shared the stage with acts including Easton Corbin, Zac Brown Band, The Charlie Daniels Band and many more, and they currently perform at venues and events in south Texas.
In late 2014, Madelyn released her debut EP, which showcases her rich, soulful voice and features the hit single, “He Only Loves Me On The Dance Floor.”
Growing up, who were your biggest creative influences?
I’ve been singing and performing since I was five years old, so I’ve had many different kinds of creative influences for different aspects of my career. I would listen to a lot of female power singers, such as Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Leann Rimes, Martina McBride, etc. and imitate how they would sing in hopes that would cultivate my own voice. As for the style of my music, I would listen to a lot of George Strait, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless; a lot of ’90s Top 40. Around the age of 17, I discovered the older generations and legends of country such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, etc., which also really influenced how I wanted my music to be represented. I also looked up to top performers such as Shania Twain, and the late Tejano singer Selena all the time to learn from their stage presence. I’m still constantly being influenced by even artists of today, and hope my craft continues to improve.
In 2007, you performed with the Radio Disney Superstars of Dallas, opening for The Jonas Brothers. What was that experience like?
I still remember as if it were yesterday — I was 16 years old and living in Dallas without my family (just for the summer), and though I was a little bummed about that, I knew that being a part of Radio Disney Superstars was a great opportunity and couldn’t wait for the big show with the Jonas Brothers. As we pulled up to the water park that the concert was being held at, I did have a bit of butterflies, but not really nervous, just excited more than anything. As soon as we were done with our act, and those loud cheers filled my ears and heart, I knew right then and there that I’d be performing for the rest of my life, and one day would be headlining my own concerts across the world. Still waiting on that day of course, but it’s coming.
You’ve studied opera and won accolades in the world of mariachi music. How did you initially become interested in studying those genres, and what lessons did you learn during that time?
I find interest in so many different genres as an artist, and also just as a fan. From classical, to rap… If I hear something I like, then I like it; plain and simple. Same way goes for my singing — if I hear something I want to sing, I’m going to learn it. While in school, I took advantage of the music programs they offered which included mariachi band, and in college, opera. I learned about the music of my ancestors’ culture with studying mariachi music, and with studying opera, I learned about one of the oldest forms and portrayal of music loved all over the world. Though it was brief, I soaked in as much as I could… both teach different styles of diction, and both have a certain beautiful and unique music etiquette, which builds so much confidence in a singer/performer.
What was the inspiration behind “He Only Loves Me On The Dance Floor?”
I wrote this song about five years ago and the inspiration mainly came from the honkytonk and dancehall lifestyle. We sure do love to dance in Texas! I hope one can feel like they’re actually on the dance floor in a good ole Texas honkytonk, no matter where you may be! The real story behind the surface is something everyone can relate to. We’ve all gone through temptations or been involved with someone we know we shouldn’t, but can’t help it because of the physical attraction, or just maybe one thing in common that keeps us there. I’m so humbled with the amount of support this song is getting, and hope it stays in everyone’s music libraries for years to come.
How have you grown as a singer and a performer since your early years?
I definitely feel more confident on a stage than when I first started. My confidence overall has improved so much throughout the years. I’ve learned that as long as your main focus is to have fun and realize how blessed you are to do what you love, mix that with faith, then all the rest will fall into place.
Which venues have you most enjoyed performing at?
I can’t choose just one venue! You never know if a certain venue owner might read this, then get mad if I didn’t mention theirs! Haha, just kidding… but really, I don’t have a “favorite” venue or place to perform because there is always a new experience with every single bar, honkytonk, concert, etc. I’ve enjoyed all the places I’ve played at. It’s really about the people for me, the ones that always come out to my show or hear me for the first time… I focus on them and try to entertain them no matter where I’m playing.
Which present-day county music artists do you feel will be most fondly remembered in fifty years?
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I could probably tell you who the masses will fondly remember… but I want to share with y’all my own list of present-day country music artists that I will fondly remember in fifty years — which are: Vince Gill, George Strait, Alan Jackson, The Turnpike Troubadours, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Sam Outlaw, Cody Jinks, Josh Turner, Miranda Lambert, Mike & the Moonpies… I can go on and on :). I will remember as many of my favorite artists and bands as I can, because in one way or another, they have influenced me to become the artist I am today… just how I hope to always be remembered, I will remember them.
What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?
Been so busy lately, I need to catch up with the latest movie releases. I did get to see The Revenant when it came out and boy did that movie pump me up. I have loved Leonardo DiCaprio since he started off in the television series Growing Pains, and I knew that I had to see that one. I’m no movie connoisseur, but I knew it was going to win all those awards ;).
If you could offer one piece of advice to aspiring musicians, what would it be?
People will always say what they know about the music business because of what experiences THEY went through… everyone has their own story and a song to sing… some advice and pointers will be good, but don’t take their word for it, go out there and experience it yourself. Chase that dream, write YOUR story, and sing YOUR song. I also believe God gave us time for a reason. Times will always be tough, but times will also always get better. Time teaches you patience, and heals all things. So if your time right now is slow and aching, there’s no need to be shaken, because just like God, time is always on your side.
What are you working on next?
I am so excited to start recording my next single at the end of this month! We hope to release it during the summer and will also be releasing a music video for the single soon after. Absolutely can’t wait, I hope everyone likes it! I’m also so stoked to be in Nashville for CMA Fest… got a few performances and interviews, hope to see y’all out there!