15-year-old Madison Beer got her first big break when Justin Bieber tweeted one of her videos to his millions of followers, and since then she has been working on her first studio album (oh, yeah, and she also recorded “Valentine” with Cody Simpson. Whaaaaat?!). We chatted with Madison about singing, books, her most embarrassing moment, and more.
Q: What advice would you give to young artists if they wanted to get into the music business?
Madison: Well, I started on YouTube just for fun, really. It was something that I always wanted to do, so it was just me having some fun and messing around. My advice? If a teenager really enjoys singing, like me, I would just go ahead and post stuff on YouTube (only with your parents’ permission). I know that it can be really nerve-racking, especially when you start thinking, “What are my friends going to think? What are my teachers going to think?” You don’t really know how people are going to react. But if you’re confident in the video that you recorded, and if it’s going to make you happy, you should post it.
Q: When did you know that you wanted to perform?
Madison: I think when I started posting videos consistently is when I got really attached to the whole idea of doing it professionally. I’ve always wanted to be a professional singer, but the YouTube stuff made me take it more seriously. I felt, like, compelled to do YouTube videos.
Q: Do you remember the first song you sang as a little girl?
Madison: Yeah. I used to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” all the time. I used to sing that and “God Bless America” all the time.
Q: What is your all-time favorite book?
Madison: As a child, The Giving Tree was my favorite book. It showed me the importance of sharing and caring for people and, you know, giving and not always being selfish. And I also loved all the Shel Silverstein books.
Q: What is your all-time favorite song?
Madison: I love The Beatles song “In My Life.” I like that song a lot. It’s really cute.
Q: What’s the funniest or most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you recently?
Madison: I live in California, so when I come back to New York I get to see my friends that I haven’t seen in weeks—months, even. I was pulling up to my friend’s house and right when I got out of the car, I kind of, like, tripped a little bit, but I caught myself and I was fine. All my friends were waiting for me outside. So I tried to play it cool, in case anybody noticed, and I walked right into a tree. It was the most embarrassing thing. And I was like, “Awesome. That was great.” Everybody knows that I’m clumsy, so they all were just laughing. They were like, “Oh, Madison’s back.”
Can’t wait to hear the songs Madison’s been working on! Are you a Madison Beer fan? Are you also excited for her new album? Share your thoughts in the Comments below!
Interview by Marie Morreale