5 Minutes with Madelyn

What inspired you to become a musician?

My great grandmother whom unfortunately I never got to meet was a travelling musician in the 60s, which to me sounded incredible – I grew up in a family that loved music, I was surrounded by it all my life. 

Who is your favourite/inspiring artist and why?

 Eva Cassidy hands down. I remember someone coming up to me after a gig once and telling me to go and have a listen to her, I was like ‘Who is that?’ – Must say, I instantly fell in love! Just her tone, the way she spoke to people and her music and the world obviously losing her so young, her story is captivating. 

Who is your go-to artist or what is your go-to playlist on spotify?

At the moment, I am obsessed with this absolute babe from Melbourne called ‘Eliott’ – I cannot stop playing her single ‘Home’, it’s my most listened to song on Spotify this year!

First concert that made the biggest impression?’’
Pink’s ‘I’m not dead tour’ in 2006 – I was such a baby, I think perhaps like 12-13 and my mum and dad took me to Sydney to see my first ever international gig! I remember being so excited, dyed my hair pink, got incredible seats and watched her fly around the stadium like it was nothing. It blew my mind how physically fit she was during her shows and still deliver such a stellar vocal performance. What a woman!

Most amazing gig moment you’ve had?

Ahhh this is so hard! I’ve had so many – I’ve toured with some incredible people, played lots of local gigs that I’ve loved equally as much, but I think a highlight for me was the Tamworth Country Music Festival a couple of years back! I had a headline show on one of the afternoons and it was an energy I’ve never felt before, which I wasn’t expecting! It was absolutely packed, person-to-person and the room was just silent. They wanted to hear my stories and obviously as an original writer too, it was so special. By the end of the set, everyone was singing along, dancing and cheering. Ahh makes me smile thinking about it!

Most embarrassing gig moment you’ve had?

Hahaha I mean, there’s so many of these too! I remember playing a gig at Shoal Bay Country Club and two of my guitar strings broke at once, I ran out to the car to get my electric baby and boom another string gone. Just bad luck, right?

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m always working on new original stuff; it’s my little getaway. I find myself constantly playing with new sounds at the moment, so I am keen to see where it leads!

What is the career milestone you have reached so far that got you really excited?

Recording an album in Nashville was absolutely my highlight, I got to work with incredible musicians from all over the world, create connections and feel the pure talent coming from what are just exceptional musicians – The way they approached my music and gave it their own little touch on what to me felt like a part of me I guess, was so exciting. I remember just crying getting back the first drafts of every track – I loved it!

What other milestones are you aiming to reach?

To me, music is all about making people happy. In such a world where things aren’t always sunshine, I feel like most of us turn to music. If I can sing and play my piano or guitar and allow people to feel happiness for a moment, I’ll continue to do that!