Who is Madeline Edwards? The singer-songwriter joined us to chat about her journey to country music. Get to know the rising star here…
Full Name – Madeline Edwards
Hometown – California
Current City – Nashville, TennesseeMusical Influences – Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, and Keith Urban
Label – Warner Music Nashville
Current Project- Crashlanded (*as of date of article: 11/28/22)
We are excited to introduce you to a singer-songwriter that we are loving lately. Newly signed recording artist, Madeline Edwards might not be on your radar yet, but she should be. Learn more about her story and her new music below.
“I was born in California and I moved to Texas as I was entering high school, so that’s kind of how the west-coast jazz and the southern influences have been combined,” Edwards began. For the songstress, singing and writing was a lifelong dream. “I really wanted to be a singer and a songwriter since I was a kid” adding later, “The thing that I wanted to be when I was four years old is exactly what I ended up doing with my life.”
According to Edwards, she was writing for just as long as she was singing. “I wrote my first song when I was five or six, and then when I was ten, I wrote another song, that was actually a jazzy song called “All I Need,” and it was actually pretty decent for a ten-year-old.”
She credits her musical family and the breadth of music available to her for her wide variety of musical influences. Edwards enjoys artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Shania Twain, and Keith Urban to name a few. “I love people who are kind of on the fringe of what popular music is, but they found their way into the popular music scene.”
The Turning Point:
At just fourteen years old, Edwards began playing music for a living. “I started working in piano bars when I was fourteen because I was helping my parents with bills,” she shared. “It ended up being one of the best things I have ever, done because up until I moved to Nashville, I was singing four for five hours a night in bars, five or six nights a week.”
Later, Edwards also credits her mother for helping her see the perspective that she getting to practice, while also getting paid. “I put in well over 10-20,000 hours, just singing every song, and every genre; I would sing everything from Lady Gaga to Blake Shelton to Nat King Cole. […] I was just stretching my voice and it became better, and better, and better.”
With several years of experience under her belt, the singer-songwriter and her husband found themselves moving to Nashville. “Nashville ended up being where we decided to take the leap.” For Edwards, putting in the work prior to moving to Nashville allowed her to meet the right people, create, and had the confidence to do so while in the buzzing country music scene.
“If you don’t come ready to work and with the 10k hours already put in, it doesn’t really help you if you put yourself in front of the right people,” she explained. “My advice is to play as often as you, anywhere you can, and as much as you can.”
Although she has only been in Nashville for just under two years, Edwards was ready to take the country music world by storm. She landed her record deal shortly after moving, proving that persistence, hard work, and 10,000+ hours pays off.
Now, as a signed recording artist, Edwards recently got to put out her debut album, Crashlanded. “I always knew I wanted to combine those sounds [jazz and country], I just didn’t know how to do it. It’s kind of taken me almost a lifetime to come to the sound that I’ve accomplished with the music I’m writing today and with the record, ‘Crashlanded.’”
The twelve-song project is a cool, pop-jazz-country record, featuring songs for everyone. “It was quite a process picking the songs for a record and even picking the order for the record. […] I wanted it to sonically sound really good,” shared the singer.
Songs like the title track, “Crashlanded” will have you rooting for Edwards from the get-go! Other songs like, “Why I’m Calling” and “Too Much Of A Good Thing” give you a new perspective on the songstress and her undeniable talent. According to Edwards, the record is both personal and relatable.
“It’s just kind of this full life cycle on the record of this is my story. I wanted it to be really relatable to the listener too,” adding, “At the end of the day, it’s still my story and every song is very telling of what that story is.”
Edwards is primed for success. Fans can catch her on the festival circuit next year, and we are sure that there is much more to come!
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