Madilyn Paige, a Latter-day Saint teen, and former contestant on season 6 of NBC’s The Voice, is a singer-songwriter from Provo, Utah. She grew up in Japan, and since returning to the United States, she has developed a keen interest in singing. She enjoys making short videos and films with her friends, and has performed in various local competitions.
She was 16 years of age at the time that she auditioned for The Voice on 22 February 2014 singing David Guetta’s “Titanium” which resulted in Shakira and Usher turning their chairs. She made the decision to join team Usher, and remained with him through the Battle Rounds. In Battle Rounds 1, she sang Ed Sheeran’s “Everything Has Changed’ against Tanner James in a love-story fashion and was advanced to Battle Rounds 2. In Battle Rounds 2, she sang against Bria Kelly with a song by The Pretenders called “I’ll Stand by You.” Bria won the Battle Round, but Madilyn was stolen by Blake and continued to the Playoffs and sang “Clarity,” a song by Russian-German electronic dance music producer Zedd, and co-written by Matthew Koma, Porter Robinson, and Skylar Grey. Unfortunately, she was eliminated in that round.
However, Madilyn chose to turn the elimination on The Voice into positive lessons learned, and continued to press forward to pursue her dream of becoming a successful artist in the music business. On 1 November 2014, the single of her original song “Irreplaceable” was released. The single is available on Soundcloud or iTunes. In a 13 November 2014 interview with LDS Living.com, Madilyn spoke of her experience on The Voice:
I had no idea how I was going to make it through and to this day I don’t know how I would have had I not had the Lord on my side helping me through it. I was really, really blessed.
Before The Voice I was really insecure and unsure about myself. This whole experience really gave me a lot of confidence and helped me realize what I am capable of.
It was a once in a life time experience. It definitely changed my life and I will never be the same. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
There were so many tender mercies throughout the process. I would not have made it as far as I did if I hadn’t had my Heavenly Father to rely on.
In a 6 March 2015 interview with LDS Daily.com, Madilyn further commented on her time on The Voice:
When I was eliminated it was hard at first because I wanted to move on, but I felt grateful that I made it as far as I did. I was so happy for my fellow contestants that were moving forward, and I really enjoyed watching them perform that season. I felt at peace with it and realized that everything happens for a reason and that I went as far as I needed to go.
On 2 February 2015, her self-titled EP was released of which individual tracks are available for download from iTunes. In their product description of the album, Deseret Book stated:
This stunning self-titled debut EP features a set of tunes notable for their raw emotion and beautiful soundscapes. Madilyn wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, drawing from her own struggles as a teenager and her heartfelt expressions of the joy she finds in life. The first track, “Irreplaceable,” begins with aching introspection and soars to an assurance of self-worth; the following track, “Foolish Game,” was written right after Madilyn left the TV show The Voice and gives insight into the inevitability of discouragement in life and the realization that you can rise above the games that people play. An epic movie score string section combines with powerful rhythms on “Undercover,” a breathtaking song about overcoming sadness and seeking the light all around you. The final track, “Little Things,” playfully reminds us that the little things in life are the source of true joy.
In July 2015, Madilyn released a new music video to honor Mark and Amy Openshaw and two of their children, Tanner and Ellie, who were all killed in a small plane crash in Missouri in June 2015. The video, a cover of One Republic’s “I Lived,” was produced by Forevermore Films and Audio West Studios. At the end of the video, she dedicates the song to the Openshaws with the beautiful message, “You showed us how to truly live!”
Madilyn was also the winner of the “Next Big Youtuber” award at Utah’s YouTube Convention – CVX Live 2015 on 9 August 2015.
Madilyn is a young woman with unshakable faith, and an upstanding role model for her peers and growing fan base. She has stated, “I rely on my faith every step of the way. I believe that I am receiving direction in every decision I make and that I am being led in everything that I do. It helps me choose what’s right for me and what’s not.”
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