Madison Kozak Releases Poignant “First Last Name”

Madison Kozak

Earlier this week, songwriter Nicolle Galyon announced that she was partnering with Big Loud Records to head a brand new, all-female record label, Songs & Daughters. Galyon is best known for writing songs for other artists but now takes on a different, almost motherly role as she will nurture each of the “Daughters” on her label. The first daughter is Madison Kozak, an artist we first highlighted back in May when our Managing Editor, Christina chose her song “Graduation Day” as her May Pick of the Month.

Today, (July 26th) Kozak released her first single as a signed artist titled “First Last Name”, a song she wrote for her dad this past Father’s Day. The poignant song dedicated to a girl’s first love, her daddy, will make you instantly become a fan of the singer-songwriter. Written with Claire Douglas and James Slater, “First Last Name” has a similar sentiment to any great father-daughter song, “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw, “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle and “I Loved Her First” by Heartland, however, this time, it’s the daughter singing the song.

She begins by giving details all about the man who she looks up to by singing in the chorus, “He’s the son of a salesman / short glass old fashioned / ‘How’s your car been runnin’ baby?’ /  ‘Call your mama when you get home safely’ / Sawdust and stained, my heart, my John Wayne / my first last name” and with each verse you grow up with the vocalist.

From playing guitars in the kitchen while they did dishes together, swinging on a tire swing, to walking down the aisle together at her wedding, you watch their relationship change as she grows up but one thing never waivers, their love for each other. In the final chorus, she changes the last few lines, “How are things goin’ lately, stop on by, bring the baby / people they say, I’m more like him everyday /  He can give me away but no one can take, my first last name”. We’ll be shocked if you don’t need to go grab a tissue or two after listening.

“First Last Name” is the perfect song for a father-daughter dance at a wedding, we bet you’ll hear this one this fall after the bride and groom cut their cake. With such an incredible first release, we can’t wait to see what is next from the young singer-songwriter.

To keep up with Madison Kozak follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“First Last Name” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.


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