Talented and up-coming artist Madisvn was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She was discovered singing covers in her dorm room and over the last year has blown up on social media. She has a sizable fan base of over 65,000 Instagram followers and 3,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Listeners have grown to adore her emotional lyrics, vibrant beats, and memorable melodies. Madivsn pulls inspiration from pop and R&B.
In January 2019, she debuted her first single “Love Me”. Her soulful voice explores island romances and is the perfect summer jam, transporting listeners to a tropical idyll with steel drums along with a reggae-pop feel. An incredible song to sway and vibe to. Her second single, “Anxiety” explores the singer's vocal range to produce a distinct emotive, raw and personal piece that many listeners can resonate with. Madisvn opens listeners to explore and experience her personal struggle with anxiety. Her song showcases her musical flexibility both lyrically and vocally.
October 2019, Madisvn released a powerful single called “Doin Me”. The message begins with portraying a girl who feels like a failure, “wasn’t good enough… feeling stupid...messing up… and living in fear” and slowly builds to the turning point of view. She expresses positive thoughts of having “big dreams, no time for hate or insecurities”. The chorus provides the strongest message of all in saying “I been doing me don’t need a cosign”. As a young female herself, she promotes a strong and empowering view to those you may be in self-doubt. I encourage anyone who is in a stable of struggle to listen to these words and find hope.
Listen to "Doin Me" here.
Hey Madisvn, welcome to BuzzMusic. You’ve come along way from singing covers in your dorm rooms to writing your own lyrics. Can you tell us about your early days as a musician?
I have been singing my whole life, for as long as I can remember. I have always sung constantly. I sang in the car, at home, at school, at the gym, and even on the volleyball court. I created my music account on Instagram when I was about 17. I had a super busy schedule with school, volleyball, and work. If I had an hour of free time, I would record two or three covers and I’d change my outfit and hair for each one, so I could post them on different days. I never would have thought that a few years later, I would be writing and recording my own songs.
What struck me the most was the song title and lyrics which I believe expresses female empowerment and independence, something that is important for young women to hear. Is there a message that you're trying to convey to our youth?
If you look at my life, you might think “wow, she has everything. Her life must be perfect.” However, I have been through a lot in my 21 years of life. I have always struggled with loving myself, having confidence, and being happy. I’ve struggled a lot with mental illness which inspired me to write “Anxiety”. The message I hope to convey to our youth is that confidence and self-love take time. It is a hard journey that takes commitment and persistence, but you should never give up on yourself. You are valued and wanted and loved.
The lyrics of the song “Doin me,” go from feeling like you're not good enough and living in fear, to making your mark and reaching for the stars. What personal experience are you drawing from when expressing these words?
A little over a year ago, I went through a pretty rough breakup. The relationship was very toxic and put me in a dark place. The breakup itself only pushed me into an even darker place. I truly lost myself at that time being so wrapped up in having someone and the way I let them control me. “Doin Me” is about focusing on yourself and shutting out the negative energy.
This track displays a lot of soul with a reggae-pop feel. Which musicians influence your work the most?
I grew up listening to Alicia Keys, so her music will impact pretty much every song I write. A lot of my inspiration also comes from current artists like Ariana Grande, H.E.R., Kehlani, Summer Waller, and Tori Kelly.
We appreciate you chatting with us. We know that you love to blend a variety of genres (pop, reggae, and R&B). Can we expect more genre mashups in the future?
My future music will mostly be similar to the songs that are currently out with a mixed genre sound. In the future, I hope to eventually learn more towards R&B because that’s the kind of music that really speaks to my heart and soul.