NATIVE CHORDS

Madison Malone's Musical Journey
By Rachel Werner

As a native Madisonian, pop-soul artist Madison Malone credits her self-proclaimed “hipsters from the 80s” parents giving her an inquisitive nature and a fierce independence. “They asked me what it was I wanted to do. And, for me it was an easy question because the burning passion to sing was always in me,” she says.

In kindergarten, Malone started piano lessons to learn the instrument as an accompaniment to her vocal renditions of the poetry she’d pen, then transform into songs. By age 12, she was focusing on self-study of chords and contemporary music.

“I taught myself guitar when I was 17. I have also taught myself sound engineering and producing. Eventually during my junior year at UW-Madison, I decided to put dual majors of Spanish and social work on hold to pursue my musical aspirations full-time,” she says.

A providential choice, as Malone now is a member of the Grammy’s Recording Academy, the owner of E.M.H. Publishing House, a band coach and manager at local organization Girls Rock Camp. She also won two Madison Area Music Association awards this year for Pop/R&B Album of the Year and Pop/R&B Performer of the Year.

“As a musician and composer, I am inspired by human relationships and experiences,” she says. “I want to show people that we all have so much more in common than we know. If we live with a knowing mindset of togetherness, perhaps this world could know more peace.” [thrive icon]

Catch Malone’s “Farewell Show” Aug. 6 at Portage Center for the Arts. madisonmalonemusic.com.

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