For Maddie & Tae’s Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye, returning to the studio after a protracted hiatus and label change has been reinvigorating.
The duo, now signed to Mercury Nashville, has been engaged on an album that can come out in 2019.
“It was unimaginable to get to be inventive,” Dye says of the recording course of. “ [Mercury] actually allow us to be ourselves. They advised us, 'Just go in there and make a file that you just're pleased with.' We actually really feel like our opinions and our skills and our strengths obtained to shine with this new dwelling 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 Streets Talkin’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 had 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 dwelling, Big Machine/Dot.
“It was very intense. We solely have recognized one factor for therefore lengthy, and so it felt like we had the bottom pulled from below us, and we needed to choose up the items and mainly begin from scratch,” Dye says. “That ache that you just hear may be very actual and included lots of conversations with our dad and mom, calling them in a disaster and crying and simply needing recommendation. It does speak about a relationship, nevertheless it actually does symbolize the ache that we felt with the profession adjustments.”
Not solely did they modify file firms, but in addition producers, now working with Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells.
“We wished to attempt one thing completely different, perhaps have slightly more room, extra acoustic-driven,” Marlow says. “We had such an ideal relationship with Jimmy and Derek individually. We knew that if we stepped into the studio with them, they might 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 once you're that near music, you simply really need it to return out the way in which that you just've envisioned it the entire time.”
Also up in 2019, the duo can have a extremely seen spot on Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour. “We are so excited as a result of Carrie has been one among 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 offer 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 cross out toys, garments and sweet to these alongside the route.
The prepare, 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 obtained to go and cross 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 obtained to be Santa's elves for the day. It was a enjoyable day all the way in which round.”
Dye stated attending to journey on the prepare provided them an opportunity to see a distinct a part of America. “Normally on the tour bus, we're both simply hanging out and not likely listening to what's happening exterior, however on the Santa Train we undoubtedly obtained to see some lovely surroundings.”
With a whole bunch of volunteers on the Santa Train, Marlow was impressed with how properly the day — which begins at 5 a.m. — flowed.
“It is a machine. There's like 200 volunteers on this prepare, they usually're simply always working 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 little thing simply to convey pleasure to those communities.”