Meet Country Star in the Making, Savannah Maddison

Meet Country Star in the Making, Savannah Maddison

 

At only 19 years old, Maddison is a recording artist, author, influencer and philanthropist breaking into the country-pop scene.

 

By Serena Velarde

 Below, Maddison discusses her most recent single If You Can, her partnership with Radio Disney and her background as a country-pop singer.

For better reader clarity, the interview is lightly edited.

 

Fashion Maniac: What made you choose the country pop music route?

Maddison:

I started singing when I was really little. I grew up in South Florida and I remember driving down the road when I was five or six years old, listening to Alan Jackson with my Dad. He really liked older country, so I started out listening to that, but living in South Florida also gave me a lot of pop influence. I kind got the best of both worlds growing up and I grew to really like both country and pop music equally.

Fashion Maniac:

Do you forsee yourself branching out into any other genres music?

Maddison:

I really love newer acoustic pop and I could definitely see my music going in that direction a little bit; keeping with the country influence and the storytelling aspect.

Fashion Maniac:

What’s the story behind your most recent song release, If You Can?

Maddison:

I’m used to writing in Nashville where I live now, and our system of writing is the classic way to write music. In Nashville you sit in a room with two writers and everything gets created in that room; the track happens altogether, the lyrics happen, it takes about three hours to knock it out. In Los Angeles it’s a little bit different. I wrote, “If You Can,” in LA with a producer named Andrew Lane. He sent me the music to the track the night before, so it wasn’t done all in the same room. I was so excited about the track, the second I got it I started writing! I had the whole song done in like 20 minutes and the next morning I brought it to him, and he loved it. It was the quickest song I’ve probably ever written before, simply because the music was so good. The song talks about a whirlwind relationship, falling in love fast and diving in…just like how the song was written.

Fashion Maniac:

You partnered with Radio Disney for the song “If You Can;” what made you choose that partnership?

Maddison:

It has been a dream of mine to be on Radio Disney since I was really little! I love the whole team at Radio Disney, and after writing the song during the LA trip, I went and met with radio Disney for the first time. I showed them the song that we had literally just finished the day before, and they were so excited wanted to support it and play it. I’m really thankful for the Radio Disney team.

Fashion Maniac:

Are there any country artists that you have always looked up to?

Maddison:

Yes, I moved to Nashville right after Kelsea Ballerini released her first album and I loved the pop sound integrated into her country music. This album influenced my sound a lot and showed me the direction that country music is going in.

Fashion Maniac:

Your Instagram posts are beautiful; how would you describe your style?

Maddison:

I am very girly, and I love to mixing-in current fashion trends with my classic southern style. I actually just bought a new pair of white FILA sneakers!

Fashion Maniac:

Do you have any tips for younger women that are trying to break out into the country music scene?

Maddison:

Learn to write music; this skill is a really valuable tool to have in your toolbox. Knowing how to write music is a great way to elevate your craft, and really changed my life.

Fashion Maniac:

What inspired you to write the book, Sincerely YOU, Letter Writing to Change the World?

Maddison:

When I was 12 years old, I had a best friend whose Dad was deployed in the military. Watching her miss her Dad for that year was a tough experience, so I started a project in fifth grade supporting the soldiers. We sent letters to deployed military members, about 700 of them, and it became a huge project. It spread across the country and we ended up being put on the Today Show! It grew to over 350,000 letters being sent out. I began to travel into schools to speak with children about the project, and the book idea came about. Every chapter in the book is named after a different character trait that I have picked up along the way as I built my music and built my organization Savannah’s Soldiers from such a young age.

Fashion Maniac:

What do you see upcoming in the future?

Maddison:

Everything’s kind of up in the air with the current pandemic. I was originally scheduled to tour this summer and it got canceled for safety reasons. I’m hoping to release more music in that time and be able to share more content online.

Fashion Maniac:

Do you have a message for your fans during these interesting times?

Maddison:

I would recommend staying active, going outside and getting involved in things that are open in your community. Keep a positive mindset while you’re at home, because everything will work out. It’s all going to be okay.


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