Maddie & Tae Perform on TODAY + “Start Here” is Keeping Fast Company! (@MaddieAndTae)

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With Platinum certification for “Girl In A Country Song,” Dierks Bentley’s SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR, a Top 10-and-climbing follow-up with “Fly,” MADDIE & TAE have become the bright spot in today’s testosterone Country. But as START HERE hit stores August 28, the songwriting duo is finding themselves being reviewed in the company of some of today’s biggest groundbreakers, including Halsey, Lana Del Rey, F.K.A. Twigs, Lorde and Alessia Cara.

“The things people are saying make us feel good,” says Maddie. “Because Tae and I set out to make a record that really reflected who we are and what we love, not just what people thought was working… It wasn’t obvious to some people, but it was us! So for the critics to like it, that makes me feel like we belong.”

“When you see some of the musicians they’re putting us with? That’s crazy,” adds Tae. “We listen to those acts – and they’re incredibly cool. Halsey is awesome, and so is Lorde. What we do is so different it’s great to be considered in the same company.”

After an appearance on the TODAY show this morning, Maddie & Tae get back on the road with Bentley as a warm-up to the Academy of Country Music Vocal Duo of the Year nominee’s own headlining tour, which kicks off in New York City’s Highline Ballroom October 7.

Check out videos of Maddie & Tae performing on TODAY below!

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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