Maddie & Tae Celebrate Debut “Country” Success

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow Chart Director Troy Stephenson, Maddie Marlow, Aaron Sherz, Taylor Dye, MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson.

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow Chart Director Troy Stephenson, Maddie Marlow, Aaron Scherz, Tae Dye, MusicRow Owner/Publisher Sherod Robertson. Photo: Kelsey Grady

Dot Records duo Maddie & Tae recently celebrated the success of their chart-topper debut single “Girl In A Country Song” for reigning supreme on several charts. Prior to a celebration held at the Country Music Association’s Nashville office on Feb. 26, MusicRow presented Maddie & Tae artists Tae Dye and Maddie Marlow, along with their “Girl In A Country Song” co-writer Aaron Scherz, with a MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart No. 1 Challenge Coin, to commemorate the song’s success on the MusicRow CountryBreakout chart.

“Girl In A Country Song” hit No. 1 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart Nov. 6, 2014.

Later that day, ASCAP and BMI had their own celebration at the Country Music Association’s Nashville office.

The duo and Scherz wrote the song on St. Patrick’s day of 2014. The bold song became the first No. 1 for all three songwriters. It also marked the first No. 1 song for Maddie & Tae as artists.

Maddie & Tae were the first artists signed to the re-launch of Big Machine’s Dot Records, with “Girl In A Country Song” being the first single released on the imprint. The story of Maddie & Tae was described several times during the celebration as a “rocket ship.”

 

Pictured (L-R): (front row) Maddie & Tae with co-writer Aaron Scherz, (back row) BMI's Jody Williams, Big Machine Music's VP Publishing Mike Molinar, ASCAP's LeAnn Phelan, producer Dann Huff, Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta and Dot Records General Manager Chris Stacey. Photos by Frederick Breedon.

Pictured (L-R): (front row) Maddie & Tae with co-writer Aaron Scherz, (back row) BMI’s Jody Williams, Big Machine Music’s VP Publishing Mike Molinar, ASCAP’s LeAnn Phelan, producer Dann Huff, Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta and Dot Records General Manager Chris Stacey. Photo: Frederick Breedon.

BMLG’s Scott Borchetta recalled seeing the two girls at a showcase for Big Machine Publishing and immediately calling Dot Records General Manager, Chris Stacey, and saying, “we found our first artists for Dot.” He complimented the duo, Big Machine Music VP Mike Molinar, and the Dot staff for not just meeting his expectations, but exceeding them.

Songwriter Scherz was all smiles while thanking those that stuck with and supported him. “I’ve been coming to these No. 1 parties for 16 years and always hoped that one day I’d be on this side of the microphone.”

Tae Dye thanked everyone that helped make their career something they never thought possible. Maddie Marlow read the excerpt from her journal the day they were signed to Dot Records. It was foreshadowing for what was to come.

Additional guest presenters and speakers included representatives from The Country Music Hall Of Fame, BMI, ASCAP, Dot GM Stacey and Producer Dann Huff.

The celebration ended with Maddie & Tae presenting their parents with an official No. 1 plaque.

The duo’s debut album, Start Here, will release June 2.

Pictured (L-R): Maddie Marlow, Aaron Scherz, Tae Dye

Pictured (L-R): Maddie Marlow, Aaron Scherz, Tae Dye

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Troy Stephenson is The CountryBreakout Chart Director at MusicRow. He comes to Nashville with 10+ years in Radio Promotions.

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