Madison Kay "Maddie" Font (née Marlow, born July 7, 1995) and Taylor Elizabeth "Tae" Kerr (née Dye, born September 18, 1995) are Maddie & Tae, a Country Music duo from Texas and Oklahoma, respectively. They first gained fame in 2014 for their Breakout Hit "Girl in a Country Song," a scathing critique of the then-ubiquitous "bro-country" and the disrespectful ways women were presented in the subgenre. Since then, they've become especially known for their complex harmonies (usually Maddie on the lower melody, and Tae on a higher harmony, though it can bounce back and forth).
They first met in high school in 2010, when they both took music lessons from the same teacher. They quickly became friends and formed a duo that went back and forth between Nashville, Tennessee, and their hometowns, initially performing under the name "Sweet Aliana." They moved to Nashville after finishing high school, and were signed to Big Machine Records' revival of Dot Records, which they released their first EP and album under. After Dot folded in 2017, they went quiet for a few years, until they signed onto Mercury Records Nashville. In 2020, the duo finally scored another major radio hit with "Die from a Broken Heart".
Albums and EP's
- Maddie & Tae (EP) - 2014
- Start Here (album) - 2015
- One Heart to Another (EP) - 2019
- Everywhere I'm Goin (EP) - 2019
- The Way It Feels (album) - 2020
Tropes present in Maddie & Tae's work include:
- Alpha Bitch: The subject of "Sierra" is a ruthless bully who flaunts her wealth, abandons her friends and plays with boys' hearts, apparently based on a real bully Maddie had to deal with in high school.
- Break-Up Song: Several. They run the gamut in tone from the sad, despondent "Die from a Broken Heart" to the forceful, aggressive "Your Side of Town."
- Deconstructive Parody: In "Girl in a Country Song" they tear into "bro-country" for its overreliance on clichés, like "painted-on jeans," "shaking your money-maker," and trucks by pointing out from a woman's perspective how awkward and uninteresting these tropes are.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Their biggest hit of their first album, "Girl in a Country Song," is much more hard-rock inspired than most of their music since, which has a more folk/bluegrass-esque sound.
- Growing Up Sucks: "Downside of Growing Up" is fairly self-explanatory, but the song also covers the necessity of maturing and the upsides of growing up as well.
- Last-Second Word Swap: Most of the humor in "Sierra" comes from this.
- "You're gonna find out that karma's a biiii...g pain in the as...far as I can tell..."
- Not Christian Rock: They don't make specifically Christian music, but both of them are religious and they often invoke their faith in their lyrics.
- Spoken Word in Music: Spoken at the beginning of "Girl in a Country Song": "No country music was harmed in the making of this song. This is only a test."
- Will They or Won't They?: Common in their songs. "Right Here, Right Now" and "Friends Don't" being two major examples.