Born and raised in a Boston suburb, Madelyn Paquette discovered her love of music early in life, singing for fun, writing poetry, and learning to play piano. She was songwriting by age ten; won two American Songwriting Awards by fifteen; became a National YoungArts Foundation Winner by seventeen; was selected as a 2018 Presidential Scholar in the Arts Finalist by eighteen; and won an Independent Music Award by twenty. Most recently in 2021, her songwriting was recognized by the BMI Foundation and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Madelyn grew up inspired by many singer-songwriters, connecting most with folk and country music artists. James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Lori McKenna, Peter, Paul & Mary influenced her most, all shaping her appreciation for lyricism. In fourth grade, she picked up a copy of Taylor Swift’s debut album which encouraged her to pen and produce her own songs. The rest is history.
Madelyn's cross-genre sound is evident in country-pop-esque banger and fan-favorite "Broke Like Me." She loves approaching universal topics using vivid emotion and clever wordplay to connect with her listeners, and 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, reflecting young women in their journey to find themselves. It earned 2020’s John Lennon Songwriting Contest Finalist standing. “Move In,” 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner, uniquely chronicles a moment in relationships many yearn to experience yet hesitate to make happen, to live with their lover. "Little Things,” a 2020 collaboration with Nashville-based artist Charlie Brennan, has amassed over 1.4 million streams on Spotify. It has been featured on multiple, popular editorial playlists including Warm Fuzzy Feeling which has 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 such as Bowery Electric, The Cutting Room, Piano's, Berlin Under A and more.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
2020 - John Lennon Songwriting Contest - Finalist, Country, Perfectionist
2020 - International Songwriting Competition - Semi-Finalist, Country, Broke Like Me
2020 - BMI Foundation 24th Annual John Lennon Scholarship Winner - Ready or Not
2020 - The Independent Music Awards - Best Country Song Official Winner. Broke Like Me
2018 - Presidential Scholar In The Arts, Semifinalist
2017 - National YoungArts Foundation VOICE Singer/Songwriter Winner. Sierra