WHAT DOES YOUR MUSIC SOUND LIKE?
“What does your music sound like?” My favorite question. Every time I’m asked this I pause and think to myself, “Will this person get it? Or do they want the ‘if Adele and Amy Winehouse had a lovechild’ response I’ve come up with over the years?” You see, I’ve spent 5 years trying to define the “artist” in me, all the while being asked this same question. The truth is, I can do it all! I joke (half-heartedly) that it depends on the mood and who’s asking...because well I have the singer/songwriter thing going for me, but I love working on Hip-Hop and R&B/Pop records - those challenge me and stretch me outside of my typical piano-based world.
I WAS DOING THAT AT THE SAME TIME I TOLD MYSELF THAT I WAS PURSUING MUSIC AS A MEANS TO HELP PEOPLE HAVE A MORE HONEST RELATIONSHIP WITH THEMSELVES.
As a result of all this exploration, I started experimenting with different styles for my own artist project, going so far beyond myself I ended up sporting 24k Goldflakes as my everyday eyeshadow (that’s right, Bruno! 24K Magic has been in the air for a good minute)... but for what? What I find crazy is I was doing that at the same time I told myself that I was pursuing music as a means to help people have a more honest relationship with themselves. If it’s true that’s what it did for me, then what was I even doing in all these dresses wearing all this makeup?
Through music, I learned to look inside myself; to face my fears, to fail (somewhat) gracefully and to always get back up. I learned to write from what I know and developed a style of playing and performing that is unique to me and only me. That wasn’t enough, apparently. I find myself hitting a different glass ceiling, and I always saw the way to break it but no label is in the business of cultivating what actually makes me, me. I kept being faced with the harsh realization that it’s almost mandatory for female artists to put on a wild charade for the sake of “breaking through the noise.”
THROUGH MUSIC, I LEARNED TO
LOOK INSIDE MYSELF;
TO FACE MY FEARS,
AND TO ALWAYS GET BACK UP.
"A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH in the studio,
MADELINE IS ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC AND UNIQUE NEW TALENTS
I've worked with and has impressed me with her
SASSY yet TIMELESS LYRICS and the CREATIVITY
and AGILITY TO DELIVER
a HUGE VOCAL performance
at a tender age."
"I BEGAN ASKING MYSELF
IF PRACTICING WHAT I PREACH
COULD BE EASIER DONE THAN SAID..."
The music business, or as DJ Khaled would put it, “THEY” say it’s more likely to break as an artist if you start as a songwriter for other “more-established” artists, and then once you manage a hit song you’ll maybe have the credibility to move forward towards your own career - or, if you’d like, “THEY” could “totally get you on the Voice” ...to sing covers of the same 40 songs playing on repeat on the radio. For me, it’s always the same: “THEY” say that I’m all over the place, too up in your face, but “THEY” still can’t get enough of my sound. So I manage to remain standing, going to sessions, being paid handsomely in the experience of working with super-talented producers and writers, all to just end up chasing placements with the rest of them...I’ve spent so much time playing a game I swore I would never let get the best of me, and I didn’t have much to show for it until I began asking myself if practicing what I preach could be easier done than said? Where would I be today if I had relentlessly listened to myself from the get-go? More importantly, where would I be if I had lost sight of my vision for the sake of a premature deal?
"the hardest thing in music now is to
from the CROWD.
so I would OWN IT EVERY WAY YOU CAN."
YOUR VOICE REALLY WILL STAND OUT,
MY MUSIC REPRESENTS HUMANITY
It’s an echo of the voice in the back of your head that needs to speak up a little louder.
It’s taken 5 years for me to come back to the beginning: to the girl who is fearless in pursuing her dreams and would wear a suit every day even at the age of seven to prove that she means business. I stand tall at 5’2” (on a good day), wiser but certainly not weary; wide-eyed and with my shirt buttoned up because, well, I mean business more than ever. I’m not just a songwriter, I’m not just an artist; I’m a human. I shouldn’t be limited by definitions that subconsciously prohibit me from becoming everything that I can be, nor should you. So, finally?
THE ANSWER TO MY FAVORITE QUESTION?
This three-part record is as much for you as it is for myself. These songs are my paid dues: my blood, sweat and tears from the past five years, and I’ve poured every ounce of my soul into this music in hopes that you will hear it and know that as much as you may feel it, YOU
IN THE STRUGGLE
I hope that
THE HUMANIZING PROJECT
is the inspiration you are looking for...
i believe in you.