Country singing and songwriting duo Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye met as teens in 2014 when they shared the same vocal coach, and the performing chemistry between them was quickly apparent.
On St. Patrick's Day that same year, Marlow and Dye, along with songwriter Aaron Scherz, wrote a song called "Girl in a Country Song," which lampooned the many clichés abundant in the so-called "bro-country" trend then current on country radio stations. The song caught the ear of Big Machine
's Scott Borchetta, who immediately signed the duo, reviving the Dot Records
imprint to release "Girl in a Country Song" as a single in the spring of 2014. The song quickly made an impact in Nashville and on the country charts, drawing considerable media attention to Marlow and Dye, both of whom were still in their late teens. By year's end, they'd delivered a self-titled EP and were hard at work on their first album. In early 2015, they released the single "Fly" in advance of their debut album, Start Here, which appeared on August 28, 2015. The album debuted at seven on the Billboard Top 200 -- and number two on the country charts -- just as "Fly" climbed into the country Top Ten. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi