Maddie & Tae is an American female country music duo composed of Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye, both of whom are singers, songwriters, and guitarists. The duo is signed to Dot Records.Their debut album, Start Here, was released on August 28, 2015 and includes the singles “Girl in a Country Song”, “Fly”, and “Shut Up and Fish”.
In 2010, Maddie and Tae were both going to the same vocal coach and met at a showcase in Dallas. Dallas was exactly between both of their hometowns. Maddie is from Sugarland, Texas and Tae is from Ada, Oklahoma. They hit it off as friends initially. Within the year, the duo was going back and forth to Nashville every weekend while still going to school. They first performed under the name “Sweet Aliana”. After finishing high school, the duo moved to Nashville, to begin their musical career. In 2014, Big Machine revived the Dot Records name for a new imprint. Maddie & Tae were confirmed as the first signees of the label in June 2014.
They wrote their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song”, with Scherz, who co-produced it with Dann Huff. The song is a criticism of the contemporary bro-country trend. “Girl in a Country Song” debuted at number 58 on the Country Airplay chart dated for the week ending July 19, 2014.
After 23 weeks, it reached number 1 for the chart dated December 20, 2014, becoming the first debut single by a female duo to reach number one since The Wreckers did it in 2006 with “Leave the Pieces”, and only the second in history. Maddie and Tae released their self-titled EP on November 4, 2014. It featured “Girl in a Country Song” as well as 3 new tracks: “Sierra”, “Fly”, and “Your Side of Town”. Maddie and Tae co-wrote all 4 tracks.