I am so excited about this interview! I absolutely love country music. It’s all we listen to in our house. I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the amazing Madelyn Victoria.
For those of you who don’t know Madelyn, she is an amazing country signer. If you like country music you really need to check her out! There is no doubt in my mind she is a rising star.
Madelyn Victoria grew up in the deep south of Texas, in Harlingen, performing in public for the first time, during a local Christmas Pageant, at age 5. She continued performing and singing throughout her youth, at local competitions and pageants, earning awards and recognition as one of the area’s top young performers.
Her songwriting career began at the age of 13, after becoming the lead vocalist at her church. In 2007, Madelyn competed in the Modeling Association of America International Competition and Convention in New York, where she won the vocal competition, singing Sara Evans’ “Real Fine Place to Start.” That same year, Madelyn auditioned to perform with the Radio Disney Superstars of Dallas, was selected, and opened for pop boy band sensation, The Jonas Brothers. In high school, Madelyn studied both Opera and Mariachi, winning accolades in both categories, all the while honing her guitar skills. In December of 2012, Madelyn performed in Las Vegas (Planet Hollywood and at the NFR Rodeo) as the Shania Twain Sing-Off Contest Winner.
Madelyn has sung the National Anthem at United League games, and at local high school sporting events, political rallies, patriotic ceremonies, rodeos, and stock shows, including the 2009 Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo in Los Fresnos, Texas where Madelyn Victoria was crowned the inaugural Rodeo Queen. This was one of many crowns she has earned including Cameron County Cowgirl, being named her high school’s homecoming queen, Miss Texas Homecoming Queen, and 2nd Runner Up for Americas Homecoming Queen.
More recently Madelyn Victoria and her band have opened for some of the biggest names in country music, including Easton Corbin, Turnpike Troubadours, Tracy Lawrence, Kevin Fowler, Clay Walker, Josh Thompson, Dustin Lynch, Zac Brown Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, and more. She is a Top 50 CMT.com artist, too!
And if that weren’t amazing enough-Madelyn also gives back to her community, by volunteering at local Motor Training events for special needs children, singing to the children at hospitals and rehab centers and by starting her own annual event called “Octave Higher Christmas” for children.
Madelyn Victoria’s latest single release with Star 1 Records and MTS, is “He Only Loves Me on the Dancefloor.” It reached #1 on the national country AM/FM chart, New Music Weekly, winning an April 2016 Akademia Award for Best Country Song. The video reached the Yallwire.com Top 5 Most Watched Videos chart. Madelyn is a 6-time 2016 Josie Music Awards nominee.
Here is our interview:
1. Have you always enjoyed the art of music? And if so, when did you start signing?
Yes ever since I could remember! I was even delivered to Country music being played in the operation room, so I guess I really took a liking to it, haha. I’ve always known that I’d be involved in music one way or another; my first public performance was when I was 5 years old and obviously it has been non-stop ever since. I started songwriting at a young age, and formed my first band when I was a senior in high school. Music is within me and I thank God for it.
2. What did your family do to encourage you?
There are some home videos when I’m about 4 years old where my cousins ask me to sing for everyone and I just start to do it without hesitation… They have always been so supportive and want to “show me off” to everyone. I have a lot of relatives who also sing and play instruments, but none have really done anything “professional” with their talent… So they see what I’ve been doing since day one and are all so happy for me. I do what I do for them.
3. Do you have any loves, other than music? If so what are your favorite things to do other than sing?
I always say if I’m not singing/songwriting, then I’m dancing! & if I’m not dancing, then I’m fishing! I absolutely love to dance- I guess that still involves music though. I grew up fishing with my family. We live close to South Padre Island so that is one of our favorite fishing destinations. It’s an awesome way to bond and spend time with loved ones, I love the excitement of the sport, and it’s definitely a stress reliever. I also take pride in being able to provide for myself- nothing like a good ole fish fry! I also love watching baseball, I’m a HUGE Texas Rangers fan!
4. What is the best advice you’ve been given regarding your career?
I’ve had different conversations with different musicians, singers, people in the business, etc. and what I’ve gotten out of all of it is to never give up. Everyone has their own story and the ones who’ve “made it” are the ones who never gave up. I also liked what Randy Rogers told me- “Always write about what you love.”
5. What is your favorite food?
I’m so glad you asked about food! Haha. I love so many kinds of food it’s hard to pick just one favorite… but I have to say that I love my mom’s homemade Menudo which is a traditional Mexican soup- don’t ask what’s in it just taste it!
6. Do you have any celebrity crushes? Care to tell us who? 🙂
Haha I do actually! I don’t mind sharing at all! My first celeb crush was Leonardo Dicaprio when he was in the TV show Growing Pains. I have also had the longest crush on Shia Lebeouf… his character in every single role he plays just gets me! Jon Pardi also has a little piece of my heart. But the one crush that I really would like to meet one day is Henry Cavill, as many would know from his role in The Man of Steel. I first saw him in the movie The Count of Montecristo (which is one of my all-time favorite movies).When I was a little I’d imagine myself marrying someone that looked like Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid.. and Henry Cavill is that man, haha. No shame in saying I’ve done some research on him and he seems like a great guy.. maybe one day I can ask him for a dance.
7. Who else in your family sings?
Like I mentioned in one of the first questions yes I have A LOT of family members who can sing! Mainly on my mom’s side of the family. I grew up listening to my uncles sing in harmony and play guitar to all kinds of music- Country, Mexican traditional music, Classic Rock, etc… all the good stuff. They have tremendous voices. A lot of my cousins can sing and play as well. My brother is going to get mad at me for mentioning this, but boy can he SING! He’s just my guitar player, but maybe one day he’ll gain the courage to start singing with me on stage.
8. Who are your musical inspirations?
I have different inspirations for different aspects of my career. Over-all I look up to George Strait. I want to make as big of an impact as he has had in the Country music industry. As far as songwriting goes I love Johnny Cash and all of the other outlaws. When I think of stage presence and performance ability I always aspire to be like Shania Twain and the late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez.
9. What kind of music do you listen to today? And what songs might we find on your MP3 player?
I listen to so many types of music! Of course I mainly listen to Country. From 90’s Country to today’s. I also have a lot of the traditional/classic stuff too like Johnny and Hank Sr. to the Eagles and Ray Charles. You can find songs from my favorite artists of today’s music like Turnpike Troubadours, Jon Pardi, Blackberry Smoke, Cody Jinks, Chris Stapleton, Kelsey Waldon, Sturgill Simpson, Sam Outlaw, and so much more!
10. Where would you most like to perform? And who would you most like to open for?
I’m working my way up to performing at Gruene Hall in Gruene, TX. It’s a legendary Texas dance hall where all the greats started off, such as George Strait. I recently played at Cheatham Street Warehouse where George Strait first started off playing with the Ace in the Hole band. I’m thinking y’all could probably guess who I would most like to open for, haha.
11. If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
That is such a scary thought! I think that if I didn’t sing I’d definitely be an actress. Acting is something I want to do eventually anyway, and have sort of always been around it throughout my career as well. I also think I’d be a farmer/rancher. Something I plan to do some day too!
12. Do you play any instruments? If so, What do you play?
I play guitar! Mainly to song write though. I have my brother as my acoustic guitar player for live performances. I do play a mean tambourine for my acoustic shows!
13. If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
Definitely Southern Rock. Which I believe is closely related to Country. I also want to eventually later in my career record an album of Mariachi music. I used to be in my high school’s Mariachi band where I won a few awards. I want to keep my heritage and culture’s music alive.
14. What hidden talents do you have?
I don’t have any! I always hate to disappoint when asked this sort of question but I guess everyone knows what my talents are haha.
15. Do you enjoy writing music and/or lyrics?
Absolutely both! It’s the most amazing feeling in the world. I thank God that he gave me the love for creating songs. Sometimes a melody can come to me first, or a line/lyric, title of a song… and it just goes from there.
16. Do you get nervous performing in-front of large groups? If so, what do you do to calm your nerves before you go on?
No not really! I love performing in front of a big audience, the more the better! If anything I do get anxious, I keep a close eye on the clock and study everything around me and like to be there early so I can get a good feel of everything.
17. What do you think about when you’re performing?
I think about a lot of things! If I can hear my band good, then I can perform good… so I admit I sometimes worry about that… but for the most part I am looking in to the crowd to see who I’m captivating, because they sure captivate me! I want them to feel what I am feeling. Depending on where we are performing I am also hoping that the people dance!
18. What are you currently working on right now? Can you tell us what we can expect?
I am about to release my next single! Y’all be on the lookout for it around the end of the year, it’s called “Right Here with You”. I’m so excited to finally get another song out there. I thank everyone who is involved and is helping making it possible.
20. What else can we expect from you in the future?
I plan on recording my first full length album very soon. Then soon after- work on more tours around the whole nation. It’s been a long time coming, but baby steps are key and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
21. I’m sure all the single guys are wondering this so I’m just going to ask (for them lol) are you single or is there someone special in your life?
Haha I am single! My last relationship was about 6 years ago… yikes! Haven’t really dated at all since then. Dating makes me so uncomfortable, I prefer getting to know someone as a friend first and hopefully it blossoms from there- or who knows maybe when “the one” comes a long dating won’t be so uncomfortable!
22. Do you relate on a personal level, to every song you sing or write? If so can you tell us how? Is there a special element to a song that stands out to you the most and that you connect with the most? If so, can you tell us how it came about or is there a meaning to a lyric beyond what it appears to be in the song?
Yes I do! The idea for a song could come to me from whatever I’m going through at the moment-a heartbreak, life changing moment, etc. The song could stay on course from what I’m personally going through or it could branch off and grow into something completely different, but still has the meaning behind it that means something special to me. For example I have a song called “New Life” where I talk about getting away from the working lifestyle to being on a beach or island. Something a lot of people can relate to. What it represents to me personally is the moment I dedicated my life to Jesus Christ. I got a “New Life”. For me to be proud enough to showcase one of my songs, it must have all the elements to my pleasing- the melody, lyrics, and music must all mesh well. I can’t help but be my worst critic, it’s just the way I was designed. What I find amazing though is when I start to write a song without even thinking about it. It just starts to flow, am done within minutes, and kind of wonder what it’s going to signify; then later down the road God will place a situation, or even a person, in my life and all the pieces come together and I think “Ah! This is EXACTLY why I wrote this song.”
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I am such a huge fan of Madelyn Victoria’s and it was truly an honor for me to do this inteview!