I wish for other people because I already have all my wishes.
— Maddie Marlow
People forget how great country music is, and we haven't.
Being a member of the Grand Ole Opry and headlining a tour would be our two things that we'd love to accomplish at some point.
We have more to offer than just looking good.
Country fans are the most loyal in the world, but they know every song that you put out - not just the singles.
We've been blessed with an incredible team behind us - Scott Borchetta and everybody at Dot Records. They're not afraid of taking chances, and we aren't either, so it is the dream team we've got behind us.
I'd love for us to be on our way to having a career like Reba McEntire or Shania Twain; to be Entertainer of the Year, to have headlined big tours, and really be women when we're doing it.
You have this fairy tale of 'life on your own.' It's so awesome. Until the apartment floods, or something happens, and your go-to people aren't there.
How many days did I look out the window and want to run home because the world was so big and things were going wrong? But I also knew if I ran away, my dream would never happen.
We're acoustically driven, and there's no doubt we're country.
There's a point where you're going after something so wholeheartedly that you start getting discouraged when there's no results or when no one's taking interest.
What's an opening night without forgetting some lyrics?
I grew up fishing, but I'm actually a bigger hunter than I am a fisher.
We poured our whole hearts into 'Start Here,' and I cannot wait to just show our fans the whole Maddie & Tae spiel.
The fact that we're young females and our voices are being heard loud and clear is really, really special to both of us.
We're not doing anything vicious or doing anything hateful. All we're doing is writing music that's our truth. I don't think there's any karma for that.
We played 'Girl in a Country Song' in front of Scott Borchetta, and he loved it.
We are not going to release an album that we don't believe in.
'Girl In A Country Song' was uptempo, rockin', and such a bold song.
With everything that Tae and I do, we want to make sure it's true and honest to who we are as people and artists.
I think, us ladies, we are complicated creatures.
Being a woman in country is really empowering. It's a genre where you can truly say whatever you want to say as long as you're 100% behind your message and who you are.
With 'Sierra,' this mean girl had all these kids bullying me - and I wrote the first verse and chorus the night before Tae and I came to Nashville.
Music can change everything for you if it's honest and strikes a note inside.
Dreams only happen if you go out to get them.
I love American Eagle's jeans; they fit me just right.
Tae loves color, and I'm more into jeans. We like to think we're bohemian chic.
With our music, we don't want to just do one thing. We want to show all these different sides of us and all the different influences that we have.
'Girl In A Country Song' is basically a song about what it's like to be the girl in modern day country songs and how hard it is to be this perfect Barbie doll girl that we are portrayed as.
It's such a fun experience getting to kind of create something from nothing with your best friend.
It's so hard to be the girl in a country song, so we're speaking up.
At 15 we were going back and forth to Nashville every weekend while we were still going to school.
We have people come up to us all the time in meet-and-greets saying, 'Thank you so much for writing that, because I went through a similar situation, and that song lifted my spirit and gave me the confidence that I needed.'
We were so fed up with how we had to be the stereotypical girl who looks perfect in the music video: she's coming out of the water in a bikini with her long tan legs. Not all of us are that girl.
It's nice knowing we're putting the banjo, the fiddle, the steel, and the mandolin back out front.
We have made such great friends at country radio. I think they love the honesty of 'Fly' and how raw and vulnerable it is.
There are those songs that hit you in the gut - when you're the one performing it and you see the effect it has on people, there's something so powerful in that.
When my phone pops up with Dierks Bentley, I'm like 'Oh my gosh! Okay, wait. He's supposed to be, like, my friend. I'm supposed to be cool.'
For some reason, the word 'feminist' freaks people out, but when you look it up, all it means is equal opportunity.
We left our homes and moved to Nashville as teenagers, and suddenly, we were on our own. We knew all we wanted to do in the world was write and sing... and the only way that would happen would be to jump, but you still get scared or sure you've done a dumb thing.
Radio Disney is the greatest. As a place where young people can come together, have a place to hear music that doesn't think about genre or whatever, it's an amazing place to have a home!
We hope, for anyone else trying to make a dream come true, they can find the faith to keep going in 'Fly' when they're about to give up.
There's an honesty in our lyrics, and that will never change.
We wrote 'Fly' in such a vulnerable place where we weren't sure if we had what it took or we would ever make it. Now to have that song on country radio and have our fans singing it back is just wild, because we remember that exact moment, feeling that way.
'Fly' really is the polar opposite of 'Girl in a Country Song.'
We are serious about our fishing, and that's why, when we take guys fishing, and they aren't being serious about it, we kick them to the curb.
Dann Huff is amazing and so patient.
We wrote every single song, and they're all true stories. Some people don't believe us, but they are.
We grew up fishing, and we take it seriously.
Every song means something. Every song tells one of our stories, or a story together.