Maddie & Tae Top Nashville Scene’s Country Critics’ Poll (@MaddieAndTae)

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It started out as a cheeky send-up of being fed-up with the Daisy Dukes-sportin, tan-legs-gleamin, bikini/tank top-wearin nameless/voiceless status girls the young Country hunks were singing about. SoMADDIE & TAEdecided to write a song poking fun at every clich, objectification and expectation these guys seemed to have.

Girl In A Country Song hit Big Machine Label Group President and CEOSCOTT BORCHETTAso hard, he put it out while the girls were still in the studio. The fan response was so strong and Country radio was so ready for a couple girls with some backbeat, Girl In A Country Song became only the third debut single by a female duo to go #1 in over 70 years.

This iscrazy…, Maddie gushed. We listen to all those peoples records! Being on a list with them is awesome, and the idea people liked our songsomuch is wild.

We just wrote what we felt, Tae picks up. We knew our friends sorta felt that way, too. But we had no idea what we were tapping into! We were just being funny about something no real girl could possibly live up to… and saying Theres more to us than our tan legs… And everything since then has been just more amazing on top of already crazy amazing.

Ninety of the nations top critics, who regularly cover Country music located across the country and writing for outlets ranging fromRolling Stone, USA Today, The New YorkerandLos Angeles TimesandNPRtoCountry Weekly, The Tennessean, CMTand theAssociated Press vote every year in a variety of categories. Traditionally blending critics favorites with mainstream sensations,Nashville Scenes Annual Critics Poll is a state of the genre as a whole and not reflective of any pocket, be it commercial, indie or sub-genre.

Maddie and I moved to Nashville to write songs, says Tae. We had things to say… We are trying to find our way, and we believe music is a way to share what you think, what you feel and find people like you! This is one more thing that tells us were on the right path and peopledocare what a pair of teenagers from Ada, Oklahoma, and Sugar Land, Texas, have to say.

Debuting Fly, the being brave-in-the-falter song of seeking ones dreams, onThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallontomorrow night (1/23), Maddie & Tae continue climbing, dreaming and being the voice of smart young people on the verge. Having landed a #1 EP onBillboards Top New Artist Heatseekers Chart, an opening slot on Dierks Bentleys upcoming SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR, an RIAA GOLD-Certified single and over 17 millionmusic videoviews, it seems like these young ladies have tapped into the zeitgeist by just being who they are.

Look for Fly at Country radio Monday (1/26) and get ready for the next adventure. WithNashville Scenes Critics Poll endorsement of their sass, songwriting and willingness to put it out there in the music, the sky may well be the limit.

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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