At just 21 years-old, Madison still has an entire lifetime only just beginning to stretch out before her. But she’s been making music for years. The multi-instrumentalist is most at home on guitar, which she first picked up at age 7, but also writes on piano. “My dad was an influential part of how I started music,” she says. “He was just always doing it.” The oldest of five daughters raised in Orange County, Madison cut her teeth in the church band. While she won’t be found performing for the congregation these days, the band gave her two gifts she still carries: a love of performance and a sincere faith.
“When I turned 15 or 16, I realized I wanted to be a good songwriter,” Madison says. “It’d always been a hobby before, but around then, I realized I wanted to make it a daily practice. Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan whipped me into shape––woke me up. I thought if I could capture some of their same spirit ever in my life, I’d have to work hard and every day.”