Our Holiday Interview With

Madeline McDonald

We are celebrating our first Christmas here on Feed the Band. It is a holiday about family and our Southern Fellow family is worth celebrating. Each one of you has impacted my life in a very major way and I could not be more grateful. Thank you for the joy and cheer you share. To help bring even more holiday cheer, we would like to welcome Madeline McDonald to the Southern Fellow family. She is actually the most cheerful person I know. Her cheerfulness is so infectious, she could quite possibly be an elf in disguise.

Madeline McDonald is not just known for her positive energy though. She is establishing herself in country music with her powerful vocals and top notch songwriting. Her dedication to her craft has produced her first single “Well Behaved Women”. With great vocals and upbeat tempo, Madeline covers a serious topic about women today. Not only does she deliver the message, she does it her very own way. We often try to fit people in a mold. However, Madeline McDonald is taking a sledge hammer to hers and inviting everyone to do the same.

We also are here to celebrate the holidays and Madeline McDonald this year used her talent to sprinkle some of her famous cheer. Her rendition of “Santa Baby” is one for the record books. It really is one of the best takes on the classic song. I truly hope she puts out a full Christmas album next year. I think the world will be better for it.

Well Behaved Women” really has a catchy tune and powerful vocals. How did that song come to be?

Thank you so much! Well behaved women was written by Marti Dodson, Seth Mosley and I one day when we really wanted to talk about strength. Growing up I felt so different and like an outcast, so this song is for anyone who needs that push to be brave!

What is a Christmas tradition in your family?

Every single Christmas we eat something called a “Christmas Kringle” when we wake up! Another tradition is that we always go see a movie Christmas night!

You have spent some time as a songwriter. What advice would you give your past self?

I love songwriting so much. If I could speak to my past self, I would tell her to start learning more piano and guitar as well as learn how to produce! It adds so much to the creative process as well as allows you to play your vision the way that you hear it.

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What inspires you and how do you use it in your everyday life?

Knowing that I could be used as the vessel to bring someone hope and strength, keeps me going. I pray all the time just asking God to lead me in this journey.

What Christmas cookies will Santa be getting this year?

Santa is getting some Whiskey Pecan Cookies 😉

We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow. When writing music what recipe do you use?

I love that! The recipe I use when writing a song is typically Melody, Lyrics, Title, Music behind all of it!

Try some cookies!

Madeline's Cake Mix Cookies

This is Madeline McDonald's go-to cookies for writing music with friends. They are easy, fast, and require only a few ingredients. A few of these and a glass of milk sure will make Santa happy.

If Santa could grant you one wish, what would it be and why is it important to you?

I wish Santa would give me the ability to be a master at all instruments! It would open so many more creative doors!

What is your favorite meal during the holidays?

My favorite meal during the holidays would be green bean casserole. I wish I knew how to make it!!

If you wrote a song about food, what would it be about?

If I were to write a song about food, it would be about hot cheetos. I can use them as a metaphor about going out… Seems like a good idea till the next day (hehe)

More cookies!

Okeechobee Snowballs

During Christmas time these cookies are king of the cookies. They are sweet and a little savory from the nuts. They are also easy to eat because one bite is all you need. These are our go-to holiday cookies. Plus they are the only snowballs you will find in Florida.

What does the next year look like for you?

Next year will be all about writing, writing, writing! Developing the perfect sound for myself and following some doors that seem to be opening soon!

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

If I could collaborate with anyone, it would be Rascal Flatts. I would cry. I used to sing into my fake sparkle mic looking into the mirror, and I swear I could imagine myself on stage with them clearly. 🙂

If you started a charity what purpose would it serve and why is that issue important to you?

100% for the homeless. I want them to feel loved and cared about.  No one knows what someone has gone through to get to where they are. It breaks my heart to meet someone who has given up on themselves and God. Some of them just need an angel to remind them of that.

If Merriam-Webster was to define your music, what do you think that definition would say?

“She’s a sassy girl who ain’t afraid to talk about her character flaws to let others know they aren’t alone. Vulnerable yet strong. Self recognition songs. Rangy and different.”

Is there anything else you want your fans at Southern Fellow to know?

I want my fans to know that they are family and I would love to watch their journeys as they are a part of mine. I love knowing how my music makes someone feel!

There you have it. Thank you for reading our first Christmas interview. I asked Madeline what she wanted for Christmas. She told me that if everyone played and shared her music, she would be most grateful. Let’s make Madeline McDonald’s Christmas wish happen. You can find her music on SpotifyApple MusicAmazon Music, and YouTube Music. Please add her to your favorites playlist.

Thank you for hanging with us on this holiday version of Feed the Band. Madeline and all of us here wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We’ll see you next year.

Merry Christmas!

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