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Take a look at my interview with Brittany Darrington from BDTV. I chat about the fine balance between growing stardom and the 'true to herself' approach for family, school and friends. It was great having a chance to sit down and chat with Brittany. Enjoy!
''She cried all the way home and kept saying, 'it's over, it's over.' And then she slept in her tutu and full stage makeup,'' said Stacy. ''I knew from that moment on that she loved being on the stage.''
Now 15, Macy Medford still loves the stage, whether it's a performing the lead in her high school musical or taking the spotlight as a singer/songwriter on the fast track to stardom.
Born and raised in Katy, Macy is an advanced honor sophomore student at Seven Lakes High School. She has played leading roles such as Scapino in the Italian play, ''Scapino,'' Iago in ''Alladin,'' Annie in the musical, ''Annie'' and Alice in ''Alice in Wonderland.'' Her latest stage role was the lead in the Seven Lakes High School production of "The Drowsy Chaperone.''
"It was the role of a lifetime," gushed Macy. "I had two solos and a duet."
Macy is an admitted devotee of Broadway musicals. She wakes up every morning listening to Pandora Show Tunes on her radio. But it's her songwriting and singing talent that has Macy on the road to success, starting in November 2011 when she received a Pop Artist of the Year nomination at the LA Music Awards held at the renowned Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood.
Then came the release of Macy's first single, "Just You and Me," which hit international radio in its first week of release and rocketed straight to No. 1 on the Top 40 charts on Tween Pop Radio. It was the first song to ever debut and hit No. 1 the same week.
Macy also released the music video for the single, which can be viewed on YouTube. Next came the release of her first album, "Crazy 'Bout You," by Tate Music Group.
It took her two years to complete the CD, which features eight songs that she co-wrote, along with West Coast producers Jonathan George and Anthony Mazza.
When asked to describe her music style, Macy thought for a moment, then answered, "it's pop-jazz, kind of a combination of [Grammy Award winner] Michael Bublé, [jazz/popartist] Norah Jones and [British singer/songwriter] Duffy."
Macy's voice is soothing and melodic, very pleasing to the ear, but it's her lyrics that sets Macy apart from her contemporaries. The words are smart, thoughtful, positive and playful, and belie the fact that Macy is just finishing up her sophomore year in high school.
Macy's songwriting talents have not gone unnoticed. In addition to her Pop Star of the Year nomination, she is the recent recipient of two more songwriting awards.
In November, she accepted an award from the Dallas Songwriters Association for the song, "Just Me and You," one of the tunes on her CD; and in February, she was named a semifinalist for the same song in the International Songwriting Competition that drew 20,000 entries.
George is duly impressed with the talents of his songwriting partner from Katy.
''Macy is a great writer,'' he said. "Her music is pop infused with jazz vocals that are so unique. You can't help but love her music, and you'll walk away singing her songs.''
If she has a favorite of the eight tunes on her CD, Macy points to three — the title song, "Crazy About You," as well as "Just You and Me" and "Stronger."
She likes "Just You and Me" because it's a "feel-good song that features a ukulele" and "Stronger" because it's all about overcoming challenges.
When she's not performing on stage, Macy likes to read and go snow-skiing. She's also enjoys watching vintage movies.
''I'm a real bookworm, and really enjoy reading anything having to do with the Renaissance, especially the Tudor period," she said, proudly adding that she can name all the English monarchs.
"And I like to read anything by Shakespeare," she said.
Macy also shares her talent with local nonprofits like the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and has performed at the Rice Harvest Festival. She'll perform Saturday at the Warrenton Feed Store near Round Top, Texas, and on May 11, she'll perform at the Savannah Smiles Fun Run 5K to benefit Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
The talented teen also belongs to the National Charity League's Star Chapter and volunteers for Katy Rocks, Inc., a nonprofit that promotes music education through music lessons, after-school programs, band formations and live performances at places like The Krause Center for at-risk children and the Arc of Katy.
Macy said she is grateful for her God-given talent, and for the support of her family.
''I thank God for giving me my voice,'' she said. ''I thank my Mom for believing I could do anything, and my Daddy, who knows exactly what to say and is always open for a hug. And thanks to my two little brothers (Trey, 13, and Grayson, 9) for making me smile and for being my biggest fans.''
For more information, visit www.MacyMedford.com.
I am so excited that my song Just Me and You has been selected as a semi-finalists for the 2012 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). They received over 20,000 entries from 119 countries worldwide. (This song recently won the Grand Prize at the Dallas Songwriters Association Contest but this another International Competition.) I am very honored because songwriting is another element in music to be respected for. The list is arranged alphabetically by songwriter's name.
Become a fan of the International Songwriting Competition 2013!
The next step is that this group of semi-finalists will be narrowed down to the finalists who will be sent to celebrity judges. Finalists will be announced at the end of February. Winners will be announced at the end of April.
Thanks for all of your support!
This just in - Jonathan George and I wrote a song you may have heard of called Just Me and You. This song was recently picked as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Dallas Songwriters Song Contest. The DSA 2012 Song Contest is one of the longest running international song contests for amateur songwriters. I wanted to say Thank you to the Dallas Songwriters Association for choosing Just Me and YOU!
See you soon MM's, Your the best!
~Macy XOXO :)
Official Just Me And You Music Video
Had a great interview w/ Roger Russell, President of the DSA about my BIG win. Take a look here!
Hello MM Fans, It has been a crazy couple of weeks. I have been performing at the most unique places for very cool events. This Saturday I will be performing for the Waves of Impact Walk A Thon at the Katy Mills Mall.
Waves of Impact is a non profit organization providing free surf camps for children with special challenges as well as wounded veterans. For more information please visit our website: WavesOfImpact.com
Registration is happening NOW! Want to take a walk with me on the wild side REGISTER HERE! lol :)
See you there! ~Macy xoxo
Happy Friday MM's:
I am so looking forward to tonight's event at Multiplicity. This place offers so many things because it is a store in Old Katy that has beautiful things but they also offer the coolest art classes for jewelry. My concert will be held in the beautiful back area! See you all tonight at 6:00! ~Macy XOXO
Mmmm yum Jonathan's The Rub was voted BEST Burger in Houston. I have to say it is one of the tastiest morsels of deliciousness I have ever consumed. Join me on November 2nd at Multiplicity located at 1306 Ave A, Katy, Tx 4 Food, Fun and Muisc.
Beyond the Spotlight with Sam and Lauren is a teen radio show which spotlights today’s talent in music, acting, athletics and more. Lauren and Sam give you access to everything teens are interested in today – Since they are teens themselves they understand what you are looking for out in the world… entertainment and music are the main focus in their life just like yours. I will be in the studio with Sam and Lauren on Saturday, October 13th at 3pm pst on channel one.
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This is Deacon Jones in 1962 when he played for the Chicago White Sox. He played Major League Baseball for the Sox from 1962-1966. Deacon then went on to coach the Houston Astros ('76-'82) and the San Diego Padres ('84-'87). Jones is currently serving as the special assistant to the president for the Sugar Land Skeeters, a member of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
And that is where I got to meet him at the Sugar Land Skeeters Minor League Baseball game where I performed the National Anthem. It is always a funny feeling when you meet a person who has accomplished so much in their life. I aspire to be an inspiration to others as Deacon Jones has been to so many.
Come see me at the Gingerbread Jog on December 1, 2012 at Villagio Town Center in Katy, Tx. We can jog together for a great cause. The mission of the PHC (Pregnancy Help Center) is to minister to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of women and their families as they experience pregnancy. Their services are offered at no cost and include pregnancy tests, mentoring and counseling to pregnant women, and educational classes.
For more info on PHC click here!