Maddie & Tae Talk Giving Back, Returning to the Studio With Renewed Creative Spark

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For Maddie & Tae’s Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye, returning to the studio after a protracted hiatus and label swap has been reinvigorating.

The duo, now signed to Mercury Nashville, has been engaged on an album that can come out in 2019.
“It was unbelievable to get to be inventive,” Dye says of the recording course of. “ [Mercury] really allow us to be ourselves. They advised us, 'Just go in there and make a file that you just're happy with.' We actually really feel like our opinions and our skills and our strengths acquired to shine with this new residence and within the studio this go-round. We can't wait to lastly inform the entire story.”

Maddie & Tae broke via with their 2015 debut single “Girl in a Country Song,” which topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart and was seen as a  playful response to the bro-country motion.  

It’s been greater than two years since Maddie & Tae launched new materials, however earlier this yr, their followers have been rewarded with two new songs: “Friends Don’t,” which reached No. 42 on Country Airplay, and “Die From a Broken Heart,” which peaked at No. 48 on Hot Country Songs. "Both of them are good first tastes of the entire file that we’ve been working on,” Marlow says.

While “Die From a Broken Heart” would possibly sound prefer it was solely influenced by a romantic breakup, it has way more to do with the duo splitting from their first label residence, Big Machine/Dot.

“It was very intense. We solely have identified one factor for thus lengthy, and so it felt like we had the bottom pulled from underneath us, and we needed to decide up the items and principally begin from scratch,” Dye says. “That ache that you just hear could be very actual and included numerous conversations with our dad and mom, calling them in a disaster and crying and simply needing recommendation. It does discuss a relationship, nevertheless it actually does symbolize the ache that we felt with the profession adjustments.”

Not solely did they alter file corporations, but additionally producers, now working with Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells. 

 “We wished to strive one thing totally different, possibly have somewhat extra space, extra acoustic-driven,” Marlow says. “We had such a fantastic relationship with Jimmy and Derek individually. We knew that if we stepped into the studio with them, they'd allow us to share our opinions and assist them create the songs and create the imaginative and prescient that we had in our thoughts. These are our songs that we've written -- we wrote all of them however one -- and so whenever you're that near music, you simply really need it to return out the best way that you just've envisioned it the entire time.” 

Also up in 2019, the duo may have a extremely seen spot on Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour. “We are so excited as a result of Carrie has been certainly one of our heroes ever since she was on American Idol,” Dye says. “We simply can't wait to be sponges and absorb all of the data that she has to supply.”

While they’ve been making music, the pair haven’t been too busy to provide again. On Nov. 2, Maddie & Tae served as grand marshals for the Santa Train, which makes a yearly journey down the railroad tracks of Appalachia every vacation season to go out toys, garments and sweet to these alongside the route.

The practice, a partnership between CSX, Food City, the Kingsport (Tennessee) Chamber of Commerce, Appalachian Power and Soles4Souls, has run via rural cities in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee since 1943.

“We acquired to go and go out toys and get to go go to these communities which can be affected by poverty,” Marlow says. “We wished to go and unfold some pleasure, and we acquired to be Santa's elves for the day. It was a enjoyable day all the best way round.”

Dye stated attending to journey on the practice provided them an opportunity to see a special a part of America. “Normally on the tour bus, we're both simply hanging out and not likely listening to what's occurring outdoors, however on the Santa Train we positively acquired to see some lovely surroundings.”

With lots of of volunteers on the Santa Train, Marlow was impressed with how effectively the day -- which begins at 5 a.m. -- flowed.

“It is a machine. There's like 200 volunteers on this practice, they usually're simply continuously operating round and getting meals prepared, getting coats, getting toys -- getting something that these communities might have,” she says. “It was actually inspiring simply to see so many volunteers donate their effort and time and every part simply to convey pleasure to those communities.”