She’s 19, but has massive promise: the type of promise that makes Lionel Richie ‘speechless’ and makes Katy Perry say she could “be the next Kelly Clarkson.” While accolades of these heights feel like a fever dream few reach before 20, American Idol’s Madison Vandenburg is bringing these dreams to life daily. You may recognize her hauntingly powerful voice from Season 17 of the hit show, where she became a final three finalist, or from her catchy hit single, "18" which was produced and recorded from her house in 2020. Since then, VanDenburg has kept to songwriting and her passion, recently releasing more singles such as January 2021’s spunky and beat-driven "Roller Coaster Ride".
Vandenburg’s musical roots began when she performed in ‘Annie’ in sixth grade. When she completed her performance and earned a standing ovation from the dazzled crowd, she knew she was born for performance. Since then, she’s taken her talent to far bigger stages, such as the San Francisco 49’ers 70,000 seat Levi Stadium and virtual stages across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitch, where hundreds of thousands of her loyal followers tune in. Of course, she juggles all of this while also writing her debut EP and finishing up her senior year of high school.
It wasn’t an overnight success, however. Despite her immediate stardom on American Idol, Vandenburg’s talent is matched only by her work ethic. After deciding to pursue music in middle school, she immediately began singing in her father’s restaurant, building her confidence in her craft. Eventually, her love for performing took her to upstate New York music venues.
All the while, she was writing. In addition to the voice that made her famous, she’s also proficient in guitar, piano, and… the flute (thanks to her experience in the school band).
You can follow Madison on Instagram with 163,000 fans, @MadisonV.