Maddie & Tae Go Down Under at the CMC Awards – Get the Scoop! (@MaddieAndTae)

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Its not enough to have already caught the ears of the notoriously stringent English critics, now breakout duoMADDIE & TAEhave gone down under! The pair who became only the third female duo to have a #1 debut single in the history of theBillboardcharts have gone to Australia to perform Girl In A Country Song at the 5thAnnual Country Music Channel Awards broadcast live today from Brisbane, Australia, as well as playing March 14s CMC Rocks Queensland Festival at Ipswich Raceway and shows with Lady Antebellum in Sydney and Brisbane on March 15 and 17.

Its crazy to think people halfway around the worldknowus and our song, Maddie professes. A year ago, we were two girls with a songwriting deal, trying to turn our lives into songs people might see themselves in…and now were flying to the other side of the globe to sing one of them on a major awards show!

The CMC Awards are like the CMT Awards. Tae explains. I cant think of a greater compliment than to plug into Australia like that.ANDtheyre letting us give out theMale Artist of the YearAward, too, which is killer for Maddie and I! But even more exciting than being part of the CMC Awards, were getting to play as part of their festival at Ipswich Raceway and do play a couple dates with Lady A!

Moving twice the speed of sound, Maddie & Tae found themselves topping the prestigiousNashville SceneAnnual Country Critics Poll for Single of the Year and singled out by the UKsGuardianwith a headline proclaiming, Good ol boys in a sulk as country debut puts girls in the driving seat. The Sugar Land, Texan and Ada, Oklahoman have been singled out byNPR,The Los Angeles Times, Atlantic Monthly, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, theTODAYshow and theLate Show with David Letterman.

I dont know if were gonna get to see a koala bear or not, Maddie laughs, because our schedule is pretty packed, but everyones been so nice. Ive got my fingers crossed. But, if not this trip, I cant wait to get back! Talk about a great way to get ready for Dierks…

Tae picks up. There are so many things wed love to do in Australia, but especially we came to play our music for these incredible fans! Again, the idea people a world away dont just knowwhowe are, butknowour music? That is the biggest rush of all… and theyre so generous with the beauty of their country.

Coming up on the one-year anniversary of writing Girl In A Country Song, look for Maddie & Tae to beeverywhereon the wings of the self-affirming ballad Fly, which the Academy of Country MusicVocal Duo of The Yearnominees debuted onThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonin January. As Fly takes wing, the pair of no-nonsense songwriters whove tapped the vein of coming of age between the coasts, Maddie & Tae are gearing up for Dierks Bentleys SOUNDS OF SUMMER Tour, which kicks off June 5 in Raleigh.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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