Maddie & Tae

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Maddie & Tae
Madison Marlow (left) and Taylor Dye (right) in 2014
Madison Marlow (left) and Taylor Dye (right) in 2014
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresCountry
Years active2014–present
Labels
Members
  • Madison Marlow
  • Taylor Dye

Maddie & Tae are an American female country music duo composed of Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye,[1] both of whom are singers, songwriters, and guitarists. The duo was signed to the revived Dot Records in 2014.[2] Their debut album, Start Here, was released on August 28, 2015, and includes the singles "Girl in a Country Song", "Fly", "Shut Up and Fish", and "Sierra". Following the closure of Dot, they signed to Mercury Nashville in 2018. They released their second studio album The Way It Feels for this label in April 2020.

Career[edit]

2010–2016: Early beginnings and debut EP[edit]

In 2010, Madison Kay Marlow (born July 7, 1995, in Sugar Land, Texas) and Taylor Elizabeth Dye (born September 18, 1995, in Ada, Oklahoma) were both going to the same vocal coach and met at a showcase in Dallas. Within the year, the duo was going back and forth to Nashville every weekend while still going to school.[3] They first performed under the name Sweet Aliana. After finishing high school, the duo moved to Nashville, to begin their musical career as Maddie & Tae.[4] In 2014, Big Machine Records revived the Dot Records name for a new imprint. Maddie & Tae were confirmed as the first signees of the label in June 2014.[5][6]

They wrote their debut single, "Girl in a Country Song", with Scherz, who co-produced it with Dann Huff. The song is a criticism of the then-contemporary bro-country trend.[7][8] "Girl in a Country Song" debuted at number 58 on the Country Airplay chart dated for the week ending July 19, 2014.[9] After 23 weeks, it reached number 1 for the chart dated December 20, 2014, becoming the first debut single by a female duo to reach number one since The Wreckers did it in 2006 with "Leave the Pieces", and only the second in history.[10] Maddie & Tae released their self-titled EP on November 4, 2014. It featured "Girl in a Country Song" as well as 3 new tracks: "Sierra", "Fly", and "Your Side of Town".

"Fly" was released on January 26, 2015.[11] It made its television debut when they performed the song on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[12] Their debut album, Start Here, was released on August 28, 2015.[12] By October 2015, the song had become a Top 10 hit on both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay. The duo co-wrote the track "Boomerang" on Jana Kramer's late 2015 album Thirty One.[13] The album's third single, "Shut Up and Fish" released to country radio on November 2, 2015. The album's fourth single, "Sierra", was released to country radio in 2016.

Maddie and Tae guest-starred on the Disney Channel show Girl Meets World in an episode entitled "Girl Meets Texas, Part 2", which premiered on October 17, 2015.[14]

They sang at The O2 Arena, on the main stage of the C2C: Country to Country festival in March 2016 – their first visit to the UK.[15] They released a fashion line in collaboration with Bloomingdales in late 2016.[16]

2017–present: Label change, One Heart to Another, Everywhere I'm Goin, and The Way It Feels[edit]

In early 2017, Maddie and Tae appeared on Forbes' 30 Under 30 - Music list at #20.[17][18] They received two nominations for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including Vocal Duo of the Year.[19] In June 2017, it was announced that Maddie and Tae had signed with UMG Nashville following the closing of Dot Records.[20]

In early 2018, Maddie & Tae signed with Mercury Nashville and released the single "Friends Don't."[21] It has since peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts. In October 2018, the duo released another new song, "Die from a Broken Heart",[22] and it sold 7,000 in its first week.[23] The song has reached a peak of number 2 on the US Country Chart and number 1 on Country Airplay chart. This makes the duo's first number one since their debut single. The duo is an opening act on Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty Tour 360 which began on May 1, 2019.[24] In March 2019, the duo released another promotional single entitled "Tourist In This Town."[25] Their EP One Heart to Another was released on April 26, 2019.[26]

On November 22, 2019, Maddie married Jonah Font after eight years of dating.[27] On February 21, 2020, Tae married songwriter Josh Kerr after over a year of dating.[28]

Their second studio album, The Way It Feels, was released on April 10, 2020.[29]

The duo plans to release a holiday-themed EP, We Need Christmas, on October 23, 2020 which includes 2 original songs.[30]

Members[edit]

  • Madison Font (née Marlow)[31] – lead vocals, guitar, mandolin
  • Taylor Kerr (née Dye)[32] – background vocals, guitar

Discography[edit]

Maddie & Tae discography
Studio albums2
Music videos5
EPs4
Singles6
Promotional singles2
No. 1 singles2

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
Country

[33]
US
[34]
CAN
[35]
Start Here 2 7 12
The Way It Feels 7 74

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
Country

[33]
US
[34]
US
Heat

[38]
Maddie & Tae[39]
  • Released: November 4, 2014
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Dot
28 164 1
One Heart to Another[41]
  • Released: April 26, 2019
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
Everywhere I'm Goin'
  • Released: October 18, 2019
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
We Need Christmas[A][30]
  • Released: October 23, 2020
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Mercury Nashville

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Sales Album
US
Country

[44]
US
Country
Airplay

[45]
US
[46]
CAN
Country

[47]
CAN
[48]
"Girl in a Country Song" 2014 3 1 54 5 61 Start Here
"Fly" 2015 9 9 61 18 66
"Shut Up and Fish" 30 23 36
"Sierra" 2016 47
"Friends Don't" 2018 39 33 The Way It Feels
"Die from a Broken Heart" 2019 2 1 22 8 69
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles
Title Year Album
"Tourist in This Town"[25] 2019 The Way It Feels
"Everywhere I'm Goin'"[54]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2014 "Girl in a Country Song" TK McKamy[55]
2015 "Fly" Brian Lazzaro[56]
"Shut Up and Fish" TK McKamy[57]
2018 "Friends Don't"
2019 "Die from a Broken Heart" Carlos Ruiz

Tours[edit]

Headlining
  • Start Here Tour (2015)[58]
  • Tourist in This Town Tour (2020)[59]
Supporting

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ We Need Christmas reached number 34 on the Top Holiday Albums sales chart.[43]

References[edit]

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