Madilyn Bailey is a bona fide trailblazer when it comes to the digital music space. The viral Internet sensation has over 6.7 million subscribers on YouTube and has been providing her fans with innovative and beautifully curated takes on popular songs, as well as with her own original music for the past ten years.
Last month, Madilyn hosted a tenth birthday party for her channel at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, where she looked back on the last decade by performing some of her most popular covers as well as new original music that’s dropping this Friday, December 6.
“I have no advice for my younger self,” Bailey tells our reporters in her dressing room before her performance. “I actually have a lot to learn from her. She was actually really brave and I’m inspired by her. I’m going to channel my 17-year-old Madilyn now.”
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10 years ago today I posted my first video on YouTube… I get asked a lot what advice I would give my younger self but in fact I think I have a lot to learn from her… she was brave, resourceful, eager to learn and never afraid of a challenge. Shortly after posting this video she hopped on a plane to LAX with a dream and her cardigan and plans to take over the world… She didn’t have a clue what she was doing but she knew what she wanted and she relentlessly went after it… I want to be like her when I grow up… thanks for taking that first monumental step baby Maddy… I’m not gonna let you down! We’ve got another 10 years to dominate before we retire and open a succulent nursery lolll… ps thanks to every single person who has ever watched a video or streamed a song of mine… you are my hero’s! Thanks for making my dreams come true!
No stranger to the spotlight outside of YouTube, Madilyn signed her first label deal with Warner Music Group’s label PlayOn in France in 2015. Building an immense following in the territory with strong commercial radio support, her covers of “Titanium,” “Radioactive,” “Rude” and “Believe” have all spent over 30 weeks on the air. Since then, Madilyn has released two successful EPs and many original singles and cover songs garnering millions of worldwide streams. Her most recent EP, Wiser, topped the iTunes chart at #11 within 24 hours of its release in July 2016 and last year, she released “Tetris,” which has garnered over 3.2M Spotify streams to date.
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Excuse me while I go sit in a pool of my own happy tears. These 2 songs come out next week, dec 6th. All I want for Christmas is for you guys to go presave them (link in bio). I love these songs, I hope you love them too. What are you waiting for? Go presave them already! MadFam unite!
This Friday, the singer and multi-instrumentalist will release two new songs “Tastes Like Karma” and “All My Oxygen,” which she tells Celeb Secrets are “the coolest” and “the most me” she’s ever been, describing one as “moody with energy” and the other “a sweet love song.”
“I’m now at a point where I’m ready to take the next step in my career and focus solely on original music that I want to release,” she says. “I spent three years with artist development and I’m so excited to release these songs.”
You can learn more about Madilyn and her music by watching our full interview with her below or by connecting with her on Instagram at @madilynbailey.