INTERVIEW: Maddy Newton

Her new EP is called My Turn, out September 23. It’s full of infectious hooks and pop sensibilities, with a positive message — to help girls realize it’s okay to be themselves.

Hi Maddy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey, thank you so much for having me! I have been awesome. Travelling a good bit this summer so I can’t complain!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Kiss You Yesterday”?

Kiss You Yesterday is coming from a girl’s perspective on a date-gone-well. Whether it’s the first date or one of many, it’s the very end where he has walked her up to her door. It’s a movie moment and in her head she’s like, “Come on already!” waiting for that kiss goodnight. It’s sweet.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I went into my writing session with Walker Hayes, who had the title, and I had a perfect personal story to match. The boy, the date, the moment!

How was the film experience?

Filming the music video for Kiss You Yesterday was SO much fun. I got to work with some great people, some of which were my good friends already. I wanted to capture a girl getting ready for her date that night. If you’re excited, you could be thinking about it all day!

The single comes off your new album My Turn – what’s the story behind the title?

I wanted to title the EP “My Turn” for several reasons. My Turn is a track on the EP that I wrote with Chad Carlson about wanting a relationship when everyone seems to be in one except for you. I like how open and honest the song is, which is the main theme in all of my music. I want people to hear the truth of what I’m feeling and know they aren’t alone if they feel the same way. I have also never released a project before, so now it’s “My Turn” … see what I did there 😉

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing the song with Walker was so much fun. He’s so talented. I recorded the track with Rob Hawkins who is another good one. I’m so blessed to get to work with genuinely nice people!

How has music help you overcome your shyness and help you gain confidence?

Growing up and being different, I never felt like I had a place. The second I would get into “performance mode,” that feeling would vanish. I learned to embrace my differences because they gave me something to stand for, as opposed to becoming what others thought I should be.

Creating a community on YouTube really changed that too. Without touring, I was able to connect with people all over the world. I was hearing how my music was making an impact on young girls, specifically, and it’s the best feeling. I assume that would make anyone more confident.

What role does Shania Twain plays in your music?

When I think about it, I chuckle to myself. Honestly, my Shania Twain memories consist of my mom and I singing into our hairbrushes with “Man, I Feel Like A Woman” blaring in the background. I was very young when I listened to her, without fully understanding what being a professional singer was, but I knew I wanted to do what she did. I wanted to bring excitement to people by writing songs they felt were written for them. Shania connected. That’s why she’s a legend.

What aspects of your life did you get to explore on this material?

I’m a quirky person. I can’t help but include that when I’m writing because I want to keep the songs real and honest. The EP has feelings of impatience, doubt, longing, hope, love, self-care, and many others I’ve had in the past couple years. It’s all a learning process, and music is a way of documenting it along the journey.

Any plans to hit the road?

No specific plans at the moment, but I’m hoping to play more shows this Fall!

What else is happening next in Maddy Newton’s world?

Well I’m already writing for the next project… haha! I love filming and editing videos so I’m working on creating cool YouTube content. I’m really excited for the future. Working on the live show has been really fun too because I’m dying to get out on the road. Hopefully I’ll play near you soon 🙂

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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