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Hot new country duo Maddie & Tae to raise money for Savannah Girl Scouts

 

Hot new country duo Maddie & Tae to raise money for Savannah Girl Scouts

12 Jul 2017

Maddie & Tae is a country music duo with singers, songwriters and guitarists Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye.

On July 15 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena, Maddie & Tae will appear in concert. In Savannah, their concert is a benefit for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, who will be holding QuestFest 2017 from July 13-16.

Many Girl Scouts will be in attendance at the concert, which is also open to the general public.

The two met in 2010 when they were both going to the same vocal coach and met at a showcase in Dallas. Within a year, they were going back and forth to Nashville every weekend.

After finishing high school, they moved to Nashville. Their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” reached No. 1 after 23 weeks, becoming the first debut single by a female duo to reach No. 1 since 2006, and only the second in history.

“That was pretty incredible,” Tae says. “We were very new to the business.

“I think for such a song with a bold message to go to No. 1, it reminded us that it’s okay to step out of the box, it’s okay to be bold,” she says. “That was really important to us.”

The “Girl in a Country Song” video has been seen by more than 38 million viewers. The duo won their first award, the CMA Video of the Year, for that video.

The duo also swept the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards, winning both Favorite Country Artist and Favorite Country Song for the gold-certified “Fly.” They’ve had nominations for the ACM, CMT and CMA awards and made numerous national television appearances, including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “TODAY,” “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Live! With Kelly and Michael” and “The Talk.”

“We’ve been together seven years this September,” Maddie says.

“We were pretty much singing when we were born,” Tae says. “Maddie and I always loved music and songs.

“When we were 15, we met in Dallas, Texas. We traveled back and forth to Nashville.

“Our parents let us move to Nashville when we were 17,” she says. “We have very, very supportive parents.”

The two were totally on their own in Nashville.

“Our parents drove us to Nashville and dropped us off,” Tae says. “It was just us and our guitars.

“They knew if we were going to be artists, we’d have to find ourselves. We’d have to do something different than everyone else.

“For us, it was our songwriting,” she says. “So we worked on that.”

The two share songwriting duties.

“It‘s a weird process that’s hard to explain,” Maddie says. “My favorite part is the melody.

“Tae is really, really lyrical. She comes up with awesome lines.

“But we go back and forth, too,” Maddie says. “Sometimes, she’ll hop on the melody and I’ll hop on the lyrics. Most of the time, the actual situation is to go into a room with writer friends and say we have an idea and we’re forming something all around that hook or concept.”

The duo will go to the United Kingdom in August.

“We make about two trips a year over there,” Maddie says. “We get to see fans in the States all year long, and we never want to neglect our fans over there.

“We’ve been to Australia, Spain, Italy and all these amazing places,” she says. “We also love touring in the States.”

This is the first time the two have played Savannah.

“I was there two years ago when my brother was filming a movie there,” Tae says. “We had Thanksgiving there. It was awesome.”

Fans in Savannah are in for a treat.

“We’ll definitely do the ones everyone knows,” Maddie says. “That’s probably the most fun part of the show.

“We’re going to mix in some covers and new songs from the new record. We’ll give them a sneak peek at the album.

“We’re excited about coming to Savannah,” she says. “We’re excited to come and entertain people there.”

IF YOU GO

What: Maddie & Tae

When: 7 p.m. July 15

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Arena, Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.

Cost: $20

Info: savannahcivic.com, 912-651-6550

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