Madelyn Paquette, born and raised in the Boston suburbs, discovered her love of music early in life. She began songwriting at age ten; won two American Songwriting Awards by fifteen; became a National YoungArts Foundation Winner by 17; was selected as a 2018 Presidential Scholar in the Arts Finalist by 18; and won an Independent Music Award by 20. Most recently in 2021, her songwriting was recognized by the BMI Foundation and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Madelyn grew up influenced by folk, country and singer-songwriter music. Her parents’ blasted their favorite artists on CD players around the house: James Taylor; Peter, Paul & Mary; Dolly Parton and John Denver, whose music sparked Madelyn’s deep appreciation of lyricism. When she picked up a copy of Taylor Swift’s debut album in fourth grade, she got to work penning and producing songs of her own, and the rest is history.
If Kelsea Ballerini, Ben Rector and Kacey Musgraves all had a child together, Madelyn’s sound would be the result- a combo especially evident in country-pop-esque banger and fan-favorite "Broke Like Me." She loves approaching universal topics with a new lens, using vivid emotion and clever wordplay to connect with her listeners. She believes even the most ordinary human experiences can be crafted into compelling stories. Madelyn’s July 2021 single “Perfectionist,” written in the thick of the pandemic in her childhood bedroom, is vulnerable and encouraging to young women finding themselves and was named a 2020 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Finalist. “Move In,” 2021 JLSC Grand Prize Winner, chronicles a moment in love rarely sung about but frequently experienced: wanting to live with a lover. "Little Things,” a 2020 collaboration with Nashville-based artist Charlie Brennan, has amassed over 1.4 million streams on Spotify and has been featured on a range of popular editorial playlists including Warm Fuzzy Feeling, with over two million followers.
Madelyn currently lives in New York City, attending New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts. She’s often found converting New Yorkers into country fans at beloved venues including Bowery Electric, The Cutting Room, Piano's, Berlin Under A and more.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2020 - John Lennon Songwriting Contest - Finalist"Perfectionist"
2020 - International Songwriting Competition - Country Semi-Finalist"Broke Like Me"
2020 - BMI Foundation 24th Annual John Lennon Scholarship - "Ready or Not"
2020 - The Independent Music Awards - "Broke Like Me" - Best Country Song Official Winner
2019 - Featured on Kruser's Local Catch & on Boston's Hit Country 102.5 -"Evergreen"
2018 - Presidential Scholar In The Arts Semifinalist
VOICE Singer/Songwriter Winner - "Sierra"
2017 - Top 3 Winner "Music Matters" Songwriting Contest, Boston's Independent Radio 92.5 The River - "Can't Wait Til Tuesday"
2015 - Top 10 Winner "Music Matters Songwriting Contest" - "Can't Wait Til Tuesday"
2015 - The American Songwriting Awards (ASA) - "All The Way Crazy" - Teen Category Nominee, "As Long As I'm With You This Christmas" - Holiday Song Category Nominee
Boston, MA Country 102.5
"Listening to this young artist makes me feel like the future of music is in good hands. Madelyn is smart, talented, conscientious and relatable. Her lyrics are furnished with a warm intensity and truth. It's clear Paquette is passionate about expressing herself, but she does it with such vocal grace and poise that her message just glides into absorption.
"At 20-years old, Paquette has already made waves in the industry, including recognition by the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship, The Independent Music Awards (IMA) and key influential Spotify playlists.
The Nash News
"The latest song from Madelyn Paquette is a vulnerable letter addressed to girls who are too hard on themselves and fail to take it easy. In each chorus, her beautiful vocals exclaim, “Girl I promise you don’t have to try so hard to be so polished when the only thing you want to do is fall apart.
MetroWest Daily News
"The high-octane track, which debuted on April 15, conflates Paquette’s moving melody and message with a big piano sound, silky vocals and stirring harmonies that inspire listeners to unite against Covid-19 with courage and hope."