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 Bentleys SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR, a Top 10-and-climbing follow-up with “Fly,”MADDIE & TAEhave become the bright spot in todays testosterone Country. But asSTART HEREhit stores August 28, the songwriting duo is finding themselves being reviewed in the company of some of todays 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 wasnt 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 theyre putting us with? Thats crazy, adds Tae. We listen to those acts and theyre incredibly cool. Halsey is awesome, and so is Lorde. What we do is so different its great to be considered in the same company.

After an appearance on theTODAYshow this morning, Maddie & Tae get back on the road with Bentley as a warm-up to the Academy of Country MusicVocal Duo of the Yearnominees own headlining tour, which kicks off in New York Citys Highline Ballroom October 7.

Check out videos ofMaddie & Taeperforming onTODAYbelow!

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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