Unless you’ve experienced it firsthand, there’s no way to understand just how dramatically instant fame can mess with your head. In winning American Idol in 2018, Maddie Poppe experienced all types of emotions — from elation to self-doubt. In these last four years, Maddie has grown tremendously, as both a person and an artist. The Iowa native has evolved from folksy singer-songwriter into a multi-faceted powerhouse artist and musician. Maddie, now 25, can still very much bowl over a crowd with only her honeyed voice and acoustic guitar. But she’s upped her game by tapping into a modern sound that blends R&B, pop, and Americana, and by committing herself to writing her own songs.
In Spring 2019, following Maddie’s coronation on American Idol, her debut album Whirlwind released. By summer, the record hit #2 on the charts. Whirlwind featured four radio singles, including two top-25s – “Made You Miss” and “Not Losing You.” The year saw Maddie win a People’s Choice Award, guest star on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Live With Kelly & Ryan, and Good Morning America, and tour in support of Ingrid Michaelson. During the height of the pandemic, Maddie released a
holiday EP titled Christmas From Home. In Fall 2021, Maddie hit the road for her first headline tour dates. This year, Maddie has been constantly creating, both lyrically and musically. She is joined by an all-star team, including Nashville’s Adam Sickler, and hit songwriters like Willie Morrison, Fraser Churchill, and Thomas Finchum.