Monday, December 5, 2016

Piper Madison Brings Those Girls

She went from country girl to city girl, and now she's sippin' on Starbucks lattes, doing the Arianna Grande hair flip and wearin' that bright red lipstick, as one of "Those Girls."

Rocket ships, aliens, pretty girls, singing, dancing, playing guitar and, of course, wearing lots of red lipstick. That, the atmosphere in Piper Madison's new, fun, alternative rock/pop video, "Those Girls," expected to skyrocket the teen singer/actor and songwriter to the top of the pop music charts.

Madison's video is based on a song with catchy music and tight lyrics written by the 14-year-old, perhaps best known for her role as Zelphaba, a magic and spell-toting teen in the Nickelodeon TV show, "100 Things to Do Before High School."

In addition to acting, the talented youth plays several instruments, including guitar, which she performs on camera in the video. She has been singing and writing songs since her parents gave her a guitar for her eighth birthday. She also plays, piano, ukulele and banjo.

"I love all music," the young girl says, listing a plethora of genres, from country and rock to modern pop.

"I like to listen to Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Amy Winehouse and a lot of others," she says, adding, "I also listen to music from my country roots."

Madison and her younger sister, Skylar moved from her birthplace of Louisville, Kentucky to Toluca Lake, Calif., with their parents, five years ago.

The two young girls originally came to Los Angeles for an acting camp, and became so enamored with acting and Hollywood they talked their parents into making the cross-country move, according to Madison.

She's currently a high school sophomore in an independent homeschool-style co-op, where she not only learns general coursework but also is gleaning all she can from a sound engineering class.

"I really want to know all aspects of music and recording," she says.

Madison writes most of her own songs, with catchy tunes and lyrics well-beyond her chronological age. She says she likes to infuse her humor and sense of place in her songs.

She mostly likes to write about everyday situations and things that happen or pop into her head.

"My main technique is I take a situation and exaggerate it," she says, with a laugh.

"Those Girls" came about from a suggestion from her mother.

"My mom walked into my bedroom and (says), ‘Why don't you write a song about being one of ‘Those Girls?' so I did," Madison recalls.

She's currently working on a full-length album based on songs she's written. The album is expected to be released in 2017.

For now, she's busy promoting the video, for which she's performing at a variety of venues, including talk shows and radio interviews, as well as performing as a featured artist with recording artist David Longoria at the opening of an Angels, major league ball game.

The video was produced by Bug on the Camel Productions and features Madison and several other talented teens, including her sister, who portrays the "Alien Queen," to whom Madison's character gifts a box of self-esteem, so she too can become one of "Those Girls.'

Madison and Skylar are used to performing together, having previously blended their voices and Madison's guitar licks in the duo, "Madison Fayre." The siblings previously released two songs together, "California Christmas" and "A Happy Holiday Medley."

Outside of her onstage life, Madison is a typical young girl, who loves shopping, reading Harry Potter books, listening to music and hanging out with friends, including her younger sister, who she says is a "good friend."

Madison also has two dogs and enjoys playing tennis.

Her vocal coach, Dennis John Napolitano, of Dennis John Studios in Burbank, describes Madison as: "A wonderful girl with the wisdom and intellect of a 22-year-old."

"She thinks deep things and has a lot of wisdom at 14," he says.

Debralynn Findon, owner of Discover Management in Studio City, has been working with Madison since the family moved to Southern California.

"Piper is fun to work with and amazing. I love her video, the singing, the acting and the direction," Findon says, adding, "She's just one of "Those Girls" with incredible passion, drive and determination."


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