Rising Music Star Tyra Madison On The Five Things You Need To Shine In The Music Industry
… I have a big heart for people with disabilities. I was a peer tutor in high school and college. I believe there needs to be a movement to include people with disabilities in more mainstream areas. In my personal experience, they have been one of the most intelligent and happy people I have encountered.
As a part of our series about rising music stars, we had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Tyra Madison. Dubbed “one of the most exciting new voices,” cosmopolitan country artist Tyra Madison has hit her stride right out of the gate in 2021. The Kentucky native saw viral success on TikTok earlier this year when a video clip for past release “Right Girl Wrong Time” garnered over 4.1 million views causing the song to catapult into the top 5 on the iTunes Country Chart. The future proves bright for this strong female force, whose promising talent and infectious personality combined with small-town charm, is sure to leave a lasting impression on the format for years to come.
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?
Hi! Thanks for having me. I grew up in a small town in southeastern Kentucky called Pine Top. We only had one stop light and my graduating class at the public school I attended was 120. I was raised on bluegrass music and later in life gained a big love for country music, which pushed me to move to Nashville.
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
As I said above, I grew up on bluegrass music. I have my papaw and my uncle Greg to thank for my love of music. My papaw played the harmonica, my uncle played the guitar and I sang when I was younger. I quickly knew music was the career I wanted to pursue at a young age so I started song writing in high school. I attended Belmont University as a voice major and am currently living in Nashville doing what I love, writing my own music and performing.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I wouldn’t call it a mistake, but when I was about seven years old, I was performing at a local festival in my town. Well, a swarm of bees decided to come on stage with me. I just started swatting the bees, but you best believe I kept singing!
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I have done a lot of songwriting lately and I’m so excited to share them with the world. I am currently in the studio recording new songs. My latest single “Rollin’ Down Rodeo” is out now!
We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in music, film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?
First, I think diversity in the entertainment industry is important because it brings people together. Second, diversity leads to more learning about different cultures. Third, I work in a male-dominated country music industry and women, like myself, work hard to get equal radio play.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
I wish someone told me that I’m going to get more no’s than yeses, how little money you make on streaming services, how much time spent promoting myself on social media, remember names of people you meet because connections are vital, and that music is a marathon, not a sprint and not to get discouraged when things don’t go the way you want. As an example of the yes and no’s, when I was 9 years old, I had to audition for a local singing group 3 times before I made it. The no’s I received only motivated me to do better and be better. When my last song, “Right Girl Wrong Time”, blew up, I expected to gain more money on streaming than I did, big reality check. After college and I had more time to devote to music, I realized I spent more time promoting myself on social media than I did school work, it’s a full time job. I feel as if it’s important to remember names of connections, that way if you bump into each other again, it makes it more personable. “Right Girl Wrong Time” was out a year before it blew up due to TikTok. Music is a journey, it’s a long process of grinding and dedication. I wish someone told me that to the extent.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I would say surround yourself with people outside of the industry, that way you can have a break from music every now and then. I would also say to have other interests and understand that it’s okay to take a break from music to reset for yourself and your mental being.
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
I have a big heart for people with disabilities. I was a peer tutor in high school and college. I believe there needs to be a movement to include people with disabilities in more mainstream areas. In my personal experience, they have been one of the most intelligent and happy people I have encountered.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I am a lucky girl with a great support system. My papaw got me started on music. He gave me the love for music. I’d say the person who has done the most is my mom, better known as “momager.” She has driven me to countless auditions, countless performances and has been front row every time. She is my biggest supporter.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
My life quote would have to be “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” This crazy world we live in is difficult and hard for everyone in their own way. This quote motivates me that even though we face many challenges and obstacles, there’s still a way to find the light at the end of the tunnel and to find your own happiness.
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. :-)
I would definitely say Carrie Underwood. Not only is she super talented and beautiful, but I love everything she represents. She is humble and kind and a big role model to me.
How can our readers follow you online?
Hi readers! You can follow me on Instagram @tyramadison. On TikTok @tyramadisonmusic. Facebook at Tyra Madison Music. Spotify: Tyra Madison.
This was very meaningful, thank you so much! We wish you continued success!