Celeb Secrets: Will there eventually be a music video for “Come Around?” If so, what would you love to see in this music video?
Madeline Lauer: “We actually just shot the video for “Come Around.” It was the first video I’ve shot where I had to hire a male lead. I have never acted with another person before, so that was intense and new. The video basically just tries to portray the real-life situation as close as possible. It shows us playing cards, cooking in the kitchen, dancing around the house, holding each other in bed, things couples do. Then it shows the same scenes but without him there. The video captures the longing I faced for this person and how much I miss all those things we used to do together.”
Celeb Secrets: You have an exciting project coming out later this year, your debut album, “Open Book” — what can you tell us about this album?
Madeline Lauer: “Before Open Book, I spent a decent amount of time trying to figure out what kind of artist I wanted to be. I completed two projects prior that were completely opposite of Open Book. So, I can proudly say that after years of experimentation, my team and I have created something completely different to me. We are all excited and very proud of it. I would say the album is mostly R&B and Pop influenced, but there are hints of Jazz and Hip Hop in there as well. When I started writing Open Book, I had just met the love of my life. So listeners will probably pick up on a lot of happiness. I also talk about the internal struggles I faced pursuing this dream and essentially becoming a woman in Los Angeles, so far away from my family. The mood of the album is sensual, sexy, and romantic. Something you put on in the car for a long drive or when you have that special someone over for play time.”
Celeb Secrets: You’ve had two projects before “Open Book” — what makes this album different and special?
Madeline Lauer: “The first project was basically a pop album. When I initially came to California, the producer I was working with took one look at me and decide I was a pop singer. He hired a few song writers, and I was basically told what to sing. However, It came across forced and insincere. That is when I definitely realized I wanted to write my own songs. I also decided that I didn’t want to be a pop singer. I wanted to create music that was slower and groovier. On the next project, I took a completely different route. A friend of mine knew a producer from the bay area who was trying to do music in LA. I asked him to come stay with me and record some songs. The sound of that project was kind of grimy, trappy, and was very much current to that specific time in music. I was 21 years old and strongly discovering my sexuality. My writing mirrored that. What makes Open Book so special, is that I can comfortably say it’s marked the start of the artist I was always meant to be. The sound of this record is genuinely unique to me. I had been through so much before starting it. It was right as I thought, “I might want to just give up on the music industry” that I met my production team, The BMMB, and started creating it. If nothing comes of it, I am just so happy I finally made an album that I am so proud of.”
Celeb Secrets: What’s one thing you want people to take away from this album?
Madeline Lauer: “I hope people can hear my story while listening to it. I feel that it is as relatable as it can get for young women. I also just hope it sets a romantic mood.”