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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.
Hello MM's, This night was very touching to my heart! It was such an honor to sing for this event. Wow, and Anne Reardon (orange shirt) was the special speaker who shared her incredible journey of overcoming this horrible disease. B.P. (British Petroleum) had their own choir sing. The most touching part was walking around the bags and lighting my own grandmother's and aunt's light/bag in memory of their beautiful lives.
Anne Reardon (Orange shirt)
B.P. (British Petroleum) Choir
In loving memory bags
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!
Hi everyone! This weekend I'm playing the lead role of Janet Van De Graff in The Drowsy Chaperone, which was played on Broadway by Sutton Foster who is currently the star on Bun Heads on ABC Family. The cast and I will be competing for a TUTS Tommy Tune Award against all of the High Schools in Houston. Anyway, we are SO excited! Check out the video below, it is one of the awesome songs we will be performing with the lifts, cart wheels and high note at the end! Studio VII presents The Drowsy Chaperone
Don't miss the Seven Lakes High School's award winning Studio VII Theatre Company presentation of the wildly funny and entertaining musical within a comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. Mayhem, mix-ups and a wedding mark the high-spirited hijinks of The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five 2006 Tony Awards. The fun begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favorite cast album, a 1928 smash hit called "The Drowsy Chaperone" and the show magically bursts to life. Suddenly the man finds himself immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises that take both the cast and the audience soaring to the rafters.
The performance dates are February 7, 8, and 9 at 7:00 p.m. There will be an additional matinee performance on February 9, at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for students and $12 for adults if reserved. At the door the prices are $12 for students and $15 for adults. Katy ISD Gold cards are $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Box Office call (281) 237-2836. For more info online click here.
We hope to see all of you!
Show Off - The Drowsy Chaperone - Tony Awards
starring Sutton Foster and cast performing "Show Off" on the 60th Tony Awards.
I am very honored to play the role of Janet Van De Graaff in the Musical The Drowsy Chaperone that was played on Broadway by the incredible Sutton Foster. This musical is so hilarious! The show dates are Feb. 7, 8, and 9th with a 2:00 show Matinee on Saturday also.
For more information: http://www.studiovii7.com/Pages/Musical.aspx