Sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter Madelyn Rose introduces her new single, “Won’t Be Me.” The song follows on the heels of her debut single, “Taillights Fade,” released at the beginning of 2023.
Madelyn explains, “‘Won’t Be Me’ is a song inspired by a breakup and the emotional transition that accompanies it. The initial heartbreak when your ex moves on turns to confidence and contentment that the new person they’re dating isn’t you.”
Recorded in Nashville with co-writers and producers Justin Klump and Tori Tullier, “Won’t Be Me” is Madelyn’s second single on Nashville’s Vere Music label, founded by Rusty Harmon, the longtime manager of Hootie and the Blowfish.
When she was six years old, Madelyn began singing. According to Madelyn, “Yeah, it was pretty much just my dad and me. I was too shy to even show my mom.” Eventually, she started recording vocal covers of her favorite songs and uploading them to YouTube.
Later, during the pandemic, she polished her songwriting and taught herself the intricacies of producing, recording and mixing music. In 2022, she signed with Vere Music.
Based in central New York, Madelyn travels often to Nashville, where she works on music and records.
Recently, Madelyn appeared on the nationally syndicated TV interview series The Paltrocast with Darren Paltrowitz, discussing her relationship to her hometown and to her new home-away-from-home in Nashville, while shining some light on her unique songwriting process and the perspective she takes in that work.
“Won’t Be Me” rolls out on drawling, twangy tones, riding a drifting rhythm, featuring a thumping kick drum, sidestick snare, and a thick, vibrant bassline. As the song ramps up, gleaming layers of guitars give the tune creamy, shimmering textures.
Tinted with dreamy-lite nuances, Madelyn’s crème de la crème voice imbues the lyrics with soft, velvety country timbres. On the chorus, her voice escalates to passionate, evocative aromas, drenching the song in heartfelt savors.
Madelyn Rose has it going on! With “Won’t Be Me,” she establishes herself as a rising star on the country music scene.