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Named 2018’s “It” Girl by “Girls’ Life” Magazine!
Like most girls her age, “Living for the Weekend” artist Madison McWilliams is passionate about music. Unlike most girls her age, Madison’s passion for creating music has led the teen phenom from Austin, Texas — once dubbed “pop music’s latest darling” by “Tribeza”Magazine — to achieve many of her dreams, including releasing an EP, making music videos, being spotlighted on KTLA, singing the national anthem at NASCAR live on NBC Sports, and performing at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Fresh off her second SXSW performance, Madison, just 16, isn’t exaggerating when she says, “My whole life is surrounded by music.” And it is her music — the Top 15 “NextWave” Musical.ly artist isn’t just a vocalist, she’s a writer on all of her songs.
“How old you are doesn’t make a lot of difference because the passion and how hard you’re willing to work is what matters!”
With the success of her singles “We’ve Got Today” and “End of the Tunnel,” Madison — who was just featured on KTLA and is following Troye Sivan and Zara Larsson as part of KIIS FM’s #NextUp — has spent the last year proving that as much as she loves music, music loves her back. It also gives her a powerful way to speak to other girls, allowing her to express the importance of self-esteem, a value the outspoken artist thinks is missing from today’s hits.
“Learn how to read me,” she sang saucily on her summer anthem “Easy,” a song about female empowerment. In “End of the Tunnel,” she offered hope: “Find your way around the dark / All you need’s a little spark.”
“It’s important to present yourself as who you are so your fans aren’t looking at an image — no one’s perfect.”
Madison performed “End of the Tunnel” as a special guest at Make-A-Wish’s annual “Walk for Wishes” in honor of World Wish Day, a national fundraiser celebrating over 270,000 wishes already granted and raising cash to fulfill more. She is proud to be the headlining performer at May’s Make-A-Wish Wish Night, continuing her role as an ambassador for the universally esteemed charity.
A big-hearted lover of kids, her second SXSW performance in May was in conjunction with The Kindness Campaign, whose core message is, “I am enough.” She is the official spokesperson for The Kindness Campaign’s The Art of Kindness, which promotes kindness through art and is partnered with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.
Madison has a tight group of friends, but remembers a time when classmates were “supportive to my face, but not behind my back” when it came to her music career.
In response, Madison’s song “Fighter” stands firm with the anti-bullying movement, and her hit “Melodramatic” tackles friendship drama: “Downward spiral you go so low / I’m not a puppet in a show.” That song’s pop-art video premiered on VEVO, was on the service’s dscvr playlist, and was also on Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist.
Her antidote for mean girls? “My message is girl power,” she told “Tigerbeat” in her first feature with the iconic teen tastemaker. “As a girl, you need to know that you can do whatever you want, and you’re not limited by anything.”
Artistry and a sincere message… plus, it’s impossible not to dance when you hear her songs!
“There are very few artists I’ve worked with in my career who are so on-point with all the ideas they have. Along with the work ethic, she really has the whole package.” — Tina Landon
Though blown away by Céline Dion in Las Vegas as a child — “I was in awe of her voice, her stage presence!” — Madison’s live shows will feature as much dancing as singing. Showing she means business, Madison has been crafting a stage show with renowned choreographer Tina Landon (Michael Jackson, Prince, Britney Spears, J.Lo, Rihanna, Shakira), who also choreographed Madison’s brand-new “Living for the Weekend” music video, a major creative leap forward for the young singer, and one that is destined to captivate new fans.
Madison admits with a laugh, “When I first started dancing, I was: Not. Good. At. All,” but that’s why Landon calls her a tough artist. “For two years, I just practiced all the time. I worked really hard, and I got good at it.”
“Watch out, Beyoncé, because there’s a new powerhouse vocalist in town!” — “Justine” Magazine
Before going into pop, Madison trained in the prestigious Broadway Artists Alliance program, but was drawn to her current musical style, which she calls “fun, young and edgy.” It’s also magnetic, causing her to soar on social media (35,000 followers on Instagram). Her March 2018 Snapchat takeover for “J-14” Magazine was its biggest ever.
Madison is even prepping to act, signing with the legendary Randy James (manager of Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jennie Garth), which she calls “a true honor.” She says of acting, “I can do anything if I put my mind to it. If you have confidence in what you’re doing and are not afraid to make mistakes, I feel like you can accomplish anything.”
Declared “one to watch in 2018” by “Justine” Magazine, Madison McWilliams has everything it takes to be the next … wait … her biggest pet peeve is, “Do you wanna be the next _______?”
Madison says, “I’d rather tell someone — or sing to someone — about who I really am.”