"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." -Carolyn Kruse, Boston, MA Country 102.5
“Do you know where your heart is at? Cause once you give it you won’t get it back,” cautions Madelyn Paquette on “Broke Like Me”, her electrifying new single about looking back on love gone wrong. “The song itself is a bit cynical, a reminder that getting your heart broken sucks,” Madelyn said of the songwriting process. “But we wanted to craft it in a way that makes it liberating and anthemic. I want people to drive down the highway with the windows down to this song. I want them to listen to it carefully and extract their own meaning, and I want them to LOVE to belt out the chorus the way I love to.” It’s a breakup song with a twist -- and a smile.
Recorded at Anchour Studio in Maine, Madelyn played every instrument on the track: acoustic & electric guitar, drums & percussion, keys, bass, and lap steel. Working in tandem with producer Karl Anderson, the two created a shimmering, driving country feel for the song that reflects the breadth of Paquette’s influences, as well as her growing perspective on life.
As a young child, Madelyn Paquette’s primary passion was to sing and explore the musical elements that make up a song– developing a keen ear for harmony and pitch at five years old. Madelyn fell in love with guitar, piano and the craft of songwriting at age ten; won songwriting competitions including The American Songwriting Awards (ASA) by fifteen; earned distinguished awards from the National YoungArts Foundation by 17; and was selected as a 2018 Presidential Scholar in the Arts Finalist by 18. In lyrics clever and mature beyond her years, Madelyn captures stories of love and friendship, heartbreak and vulnerability, nostalgia and new beginnings, and female empowerment. Her memorable hooks are often “stuck” in listeners’ heads after a performance.
Though her heart lies in the storytelling and instrumentation of country music, Madelyn transcends those traditional barriers. Equally as influenced by Ben Rector, Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini, Madelyn describes her music as country synth-pop. Born in suburban Massachusetts, Madelyn has studied vocal technique since 2013 and continues to develop skills in voice and arrangement. Over the last few years Madelyn has taken impressive steps towards creative autonomy, including in the production and engineering of her own work. Madelyn performs regularly at venues in the Massachusetts area including Boston’s famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace, The Precinct, the Berklee Performance Center and Café 939, and has performed at Miami’s New World Symphony. Now living in New York, Madelyn infuses the city with her country-pop sound, playing at loved venues such as Arlene's Grocery, The Cutting Room and Pianos. Currently, Madelyn studies at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.