We recently came across a young artist on the Twitter universe by the name of Madison Marigold. The first thing you might notice about her is her voice, but if you dig a little deeper you find out that she has quite a bit going for her. Not only is the 17 year old a standout student, but she also sings in both Mandarin and English.
Brandon: It seems crazy to say this about a 17 year old, but you’ve been playing music for quite a while now. What inspired you at such a young age to start playing?
Madison: I have always been around music in my home, though no one in my family is especially musically inclined. I began singing by singing the National Anthem for local charities and sports teams around my home. I had been playing the piano since age seven and once I was about 13 I began writing and recording my own music.
B: Normally when people think of bilingual singers, they immediately think of English and Spanish. You on the other hand sing in both English and Mandarin. Tell us a little about that and how you work that into your music.
M: My mother enrolled me in a Chinese school at age 10 where I began my studies of Mandarin. It’s such a difficult language so at first I was extremely frustrated. Once I began to learn more, I became more accustomed to the language and was therefore more motivated to learn faster. I began singing in Chinese, in addition to speaking it at age 13 and have been translating some of my original songs into Chinese as well.
B: Not only did you get to perform in China last year, but you actually opened up for Demi Lovato there. What was that experience like?
M: It was so surreal, it almost doesn’t even feel like it happened! The crowd was so amazing and so inviting and I am so honored to be able to have this show on my resume. I sang half of my set in Chinese and half in English and only spoke to the crowd in Chinese. I would go back to China and perform in a heartbeat.
B: Where is your dream destination to play a show?
M: I have always wanted to play at the Staples Center because I am from LA and that is our main arena for large concerts. It’s iconic and would be a dream for me to be able to play a show there.
B: From what we are told, you’re also pretty sharp. How has it been maintaining good grades in school along with focusing on music?
M: It’s definitely been a challenge, but I don’t ever let one of them slip! I am constantly doing homework in the car on the way to recordings or staying up late to make sure that I don’t have any missing assignments. Balancing the two has been a lot of hard work, but not impossible. I am passionate about both, so I just let my passion be my motivation to continue hard work in both areas.
B: What is your advice for young adults your age in the same situation?
M: Don’t ever stop! Keep going and keep finding new inspirations that light a fire under you and keep you motivated. Nothing ever comes easy, so put in all the hard work that you can and something will definitely happen for you with the right timing.
B: Speaking of school….it’s officially out for the summer! What’s on your summer playlist this year?
M: I’ve been listening to a lot of Views by Drake and Ed Sheeran (because I am ALWAYS listening to him). I listen to a lot of everything, so pretty much whatever comes on my Apple Music radio or playlists.
B: You’ve done quite a few cover videos on your website. What is your favorite song of all time to cover?
M: My favorite cover that I have done so far would have to be “Hotline Bling.” I love the original and wanted to make my cover more unique and change up the style.
B: What are your plans for the rest of the year?
M: I am going to be continuing production and writing on my original EP to hopefully be released by the end of this year or the beginning of next. I am also hoping to do some more local shows to keep up my live performing.
For more on Madison, check out www.madisonmarigold.com
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