Take constructive criticism, but ignore negativity. A lot of times we confuse the two, and it’s important to learn the differences. Constructive criticism from people you trust is a great thing to take into consideration especially if you respect who it’s coming from. Negativity usually stems from someone’s jealousy which is something we can just pay no mind to.
As a part of my series about pop culture’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Madysyn. Emerging singer/songwriter Madysyn is no stranger to performing — the artist was first discovered from a cover video at age 12 which garnered over 10 million views on Facebook. Madysyn’s passion and talent resonates with listeners, which has helped inspire her to release her anticipated debut country single, “Girlfriend.” Thrive Global chatted with Madysyn about her transition from singing covers to releasing original music, and the songstress gives advice on how to stay inspired and authentic in her artistry below.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to country music?
Living in southern California most of my life, it wasn’t easy to relate to most country music. I’ve never ridden a big green tractor, I didn’t have any honky tonks to go down to, and none of my exes live in Texas. But, I think that’s part of the reason I was always drawn to it. Growing up listening to and singing country, it was like being in another world. Somewhere over the rainbow.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
I think my whole career has been full of interesting stories and this journey is incredible, but my favorite story is how everything began. I was just a little 12-year-old with no social media, when my dad posted a short clip of me singing online. Facebook went crazy over it! I didn’t expect this video to change my life.
Do you have any funny stories, mistakes, or lessons learned from when you first got your start? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
In one of my first opportunities getting to sing on a stage and perform, I chose to wear heels. Big mistake! Totally tripped walking up the stairs to the stage and embarrassed myself. I try to stick to platforms or cowboy boots now.
You just released a new single, “Girlfriend,” congrats! What are some of the most exciting projects you are working on now?
I have so much music in the works right now! I can’t wait to get it all out there. The official “Girlfriend” music video is coming out soon and we are also releasing several new, original songs!
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I once went to a party thrown by Robert Downey Jr. He was an amazing, down to earth person! I’ve also run into Tori Kelly, (who has inspired a lot of my music career) at a recording studio! She was as sweet as ever. I may have “fangirled” on the inside during both of these interactions.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
At the end of the day, this is your life and your passion. So make sure you’re playing and singing what you love. Put all your energy into it and don’t have a backup plan!
Can you share with our readers any self care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body, mind or heart to thrive?
Every morning, I say three things I’m grateful for, then do my ten minute meditation and prayer to keep my heart healthy. I exercise from home 5 times a week to keep my body healthy. Then, before bed I read a chapter of a book to keep my mind healthy.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming” — Alice Walker. This quote taught me to live in the moment and make sure that moment is how I want to live.
What are five things you wish someone told you when you got your start? Please share an example or story for each.
First, don’t compare yourself! Comparing yourself to other artists just takes away the special quirks about yourself that they don’t have. You are your own person and your own artist and that’s beautiful.
Second would be to take constructive criticism, but ignore negativity. A lot of times we confuse the two, and it’s important to learn the differences. Constructive criticism from people you trust is a great thing to take into consideration especially if you respect who it’s coming from. Negativity usually stems from someone’s jealousy which is something we can just pay no mind to.
Third is keep grinding. The more you work for what you’re striving for, the closer you are to your goals. Even if it’s small, just do something every day to further your goals, you’ll thank yourself later.
Fourth thing is to stay focused! It’s easy to get distracted and fall into a bit of laziness. Every day when you wake up, remind yourself of three things you’re grateful for and three things you’d like to accomplish. I have noticed making to do lists for each day also helps me stay focused on my goals.
Lastly, have faith. You hear it all the time, but because it’s so over used we tend to let it go in one ear and out the other. You’ll never obtain what you’re working for if there’s doubt in your mind. Every time you catch yourself doubting or thinking something negative train your brain to think the opposite. Tell yourself positive affirmations and more important than just saying those words, you have to believe them!
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
My two big brothers have helped me get to where I am. They’ve inspired me with my music, and a lot of my music taste is because of listening to theirs growing up. They are both very musical themselves, so we collaborate all the time!
You are a person of great influence! If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be?
It’d be great to see a lower depression rate. Roughly 16 million people in the U.S. have experienced a type of depression in their life. The number around the world is astronomical. If more people were aware of how real this is, I think it would help. Make sure you and your loved ones (if you have the resources) are reducing as much stress as possible, exercising regularly, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, surrounding yourself with positivity, being aware of your family and history with depression. Also, therapy can be very helpful.
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this.
I would love to have lunch or even just meet John Mayer. He’s a huge inspiration of mine, not to mention a musical genius. The documentary “John Mayer: Someday I’ll Fly” by Eastwood Allen was super inspiring. And, I just love his interviews and personality.
How can our readers keep up with you?
You can follow me on my socials. I post all the time and try to respond to as many people as possible 🙂
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