MADDIE & TAE may still be teenagers, but that doesn’t stop them from making history. Closing out a Cinderella 2014 with their first single, their first GOLD certification andtheir first #1 with the rollicking “Girl In A Country Song,” the spunky pair become only the second female duo to debut #1 on the BDS’ charts – the Wreckers’ “Leave The Pieces” in 2006 first. More impressive, they’re only the third on Billboard’s Country Singles chart – with the first being the Davis’ Sisters with “I Forgot More About Love Than You’ll Ever Know.”
“That’s crazy,” howled the harmony-weaving Tae Dye. “To think about something that happened so long ago, and then it took more then 50 years for the Wreckers to do it again! I can’t believe that… and it makes me love this start even more, as if that were possible.”
Though neither was familiar with the Davis Sisters, they got busy downloading – and were big fans for the bending harmonies from the non-related sisters from Dry Ridge, Kentucky.
“What they do shows how much bending a melody can take,” marvels Maddie Marlow. “It’s not always the note you expect, but it sure pulls you into the song. I think that’s the secret: don’t be obvious, but surprise people with stuff that’s a little off.”
There’s nothing off about the Ada, Oklahoman and Sugar Land, Texan, who’ve attracted the attention of such decidedly non-country publications Atlantic Monthly, Late Show with David Letterman, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone’s all-genre 10 New Artists You Need To Know and NPR. With the gender-role-spinning “Girl In A Country Song” clip surpassing 14 million Vevo views they show no indication of slowing down.
“We’re just two girls from Texas and Oklahoma,” says Tae. “Of course we wanted people to hear our music… We’ve been seriously writing for the past four years, we’ve commuted to Nashville while we finished high school… and, well, we kept chasing our dream. But the idea this song would hit such a nerve? It’s – like I said – crazy!”
“Yeah,” Maddie admits with a laugh, “what started as a song that made us laugh, because we knew we could never measure up to those girls in the songs… and honestly, who’d want to? If the most interesting thing is how you look, umm, I think you’ve missed the point!”
Slated to present at the American Country Countdown Awards, broadcast live on FOX Monday (12/15), the dynamic duo are spending the holidays with their family – and finishing the album they were recording when “Girl In A Country Song” exploded. Having debuted an EP at #1 on Billboard’s New Artist Heatseekers chart, visited tons of radio stations, been followed to airports by zealous fans and laughed a whole lot, it’s no wonder NPR lead critic Ann Powers said, “They’re songwriters, powerful harmonizers and in the video for ‘Girl In A Country Song,’ natural comediennes…”
Plans for 2015 are being firmed up now, but if the new year is anything like this year, Maddie & Tae may well follow the Davis Sisters to back-to-back #1s. Seventy-one years is a lifetime to some, nothing to these two with their eyes on a dream.