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Madison and her Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist
Brother “Justyn The Stuntman” Share a Powerful
Creative Relationship—Like the 2010s Modern
Rock Equivalent of Soft Rock Legends The Carpenters

Though she counts her influences as everyone from *Van Halen* and *The
Beatles* to *Stevie Nicks*, 17-year-old singer/songwriter dynamo *Madison
channels her inner *Joan Jett* when—in dishing on her explosive debut
full-length recording *Aftershock*—she boldly declares to the world “I
Love Rock ‘n’ Roll!”

“I truly feel that it picked me,” she says. “I didn’t just decide one day
‘Hey, I’m gonna sing rock music.’ The music just spoke to me loud and clear,
and I listened. My writing and my personal style just evolved from there,
now I eat, drink, breath, live Rock and Roll!”

Madison’s not rocking and rumbling alone. On tracks like the blistering
lead single *“Kissin’ In Your Cadillac”* and the heavy duty emotional *“Teenage
Runaway,”* she’s vibing with renowned surf-rock guitarist *Gary Hoey* and
her multi-talented brother and musical partner in crime *Justyn*, dubbed *“Justyn
the Stuntman”* for the many hats he dons (songwriter, bassist, guitarist,
mentor) as he helps his younger sister hone in on her powerful sound.

With 16 solo albums and five *Top 20 Billboard* hits since the early ‘90s,
Hoey has made numerous lists as one of the *100 Greatest Guitar Players of
All Time*. Over the years, Hoey has toured and traded licks with the likes
of *Brian May* (*Queen*), *Peter Frampton*, *Foreigner*, *Joe Satriani*, *The
Doobie Brothers*, *Kenny Wayne Shepherd*, *Eric Johnson*, *Steve Vai*, *Bret
Michaels*, *Rick Derringer* and *Deep Purple*.

Comparing her favorably to Jett, *Pat Benatar* and *Lita Ford*, Hoey says,
“Producing Madison was a joy. Her work ethic and drive were amazing. To see
such a young artist come up with such great songs is rare. She’s gorgeous
and talented—and she can rock! Her new record is going to blow people’s

Those who remember a softer type rock of a different era might compare the
creative dynamic of Madison and Justyn to that of the legendary *
Carpenters*. In addition to playing bass on the album and lead guitar for
her live shows, Justyn’s strengths as a songwriter complement Madison’s
perfectly. *“Joanna,”* a track Madison calls an “epic ballad” for its 130
production layers (including a massive choir sound), represents the spirit
of their collaboration. Unbeknownst to one another, he had written a
beautiful melody and she had written lyrics—and they matched up perfectly.
His strength is in the music and chording, while hers is in basic melodies
and words.

“Any biography ever written on me would not be complete unless it included
a few hundred chapters on Justyn,” she says. “It’s hard to put into words
what a huge influence he has had on who I am as a person. My brother and I
are two halves of a whole, inseparable on our journey through life. He is my
best friend…someone to laugh with, cry with, dream with, create music with
and so much more.”

Delving into their shared history, Justyn adds, “We have been collaborating
unofficially, playing and singing since I was 11 and she was seven. Madison
would organize summer and Christmas living room concerts for family and
friends. I would play guitar and she would sing. We would mesh our musical
ideas and explore from there. I was pursuing a career as a screenwriter and
filmmaker after high school and didn’t consider pursuing a career in music
until she kept getting more serious about her career. When she started
getting opportunities to perform and record, she nudged me to get back into
music and start working with her.”

Despite the obvious connection of being musical siblings, it’s hard to
imagine *Richard Carpenter* taking his sister *Karen* to hear a band like
*Def Leppard* the way Justyn did when Madison was 13. “That was the first
concert I ever attended, and it changed my life,” she says. “The first time
I heard the song *‘Animal,’* I knew I wanted to sing rock ‘n’ roll. It was
one of those epiphanies you hear about. After that concert, I went home and
wrote my first song and I haven’t stopped writing since.”

The lone cover tune on *Aftershock* is an exhilarating re-imagining of *“Ain’t
Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,”* from the debut album of *Van Halen*—the second
concert Madison ever went to. In the last year, she had the opportunity to
perform at the *Key Club* in L.A. with members of the band. “When I saw
them for the first time,” she says, “it made me feel alive and I knew from
that moment on that I wanted to sing, and perform music for the rest of my
life. I don’t know, something in that moment just clicked, and I knew that’s
where I needed to be, singing up on stage, rockin’ out in front of an entire
arena. The way *David Lee Roth* commanded the stage, got the audience on
their feet, rockin’ out, I thought, ‘I want to do that.’”

On the softer side of rock, Madison calls Stevie Nicks “one of the greatest
songwriters of all time. “When I saw *Fleetwood Mac*, she really inspired
me. After that show I went home and wrote at least a dozen songs. She
sparked my creativity. One of them is ‘Teenage Runaway,’ a poignant song
about the pain I felt trying to help a self-destructive friend who was
running away not only in a physical sense, but from also from the emotional
support in her life. All of the lyrics on the album were written in 2009,
when I was 15.”

For Madison’s 16th birthday in early 2010, her family sent she and Justyn
to L.A. to attend *Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp*—a dream come true that
would allow Madison to mingle with her idols *Bret Michaels*, *Lita Ford*and
*Michael Anthony*. Hoey was her camp counselor. Over the course of the
week that Madison and Justyn were there, they got to know him and “simply
just clicked.” They all talked about getting together someday to write music
and kept in touch.

A few months later, Madison and Justyn attended a guitar clinic that Hoey
was hosting a few hours from where the family lived in Florida. After the
clinic, their parents talked to the guitarist about Madison’s dreams of
putting together an album based on the lyrics she had written, and her need
for a great musical collaborator. Hoey invited the whole brood to come up to
his home studio in New England to see if they could make this album concept
come to life.

In September 2010, the family loaded up their SUV with four small dogs,
volumes of Madison’s lyrics, guitars, and clothes. They drove to *New
Hampshire* to live for two months while the singer, Justyn and Hoey wrote
all the songs for the project which became *Aftershock*.

“The three of us spent every long 14-hour plus day writing, laughing,
collaborating and recording every track on my album in Gary’s home studio in
the middle of the woods, in the middle of nowhere,” Madison says. “This was
one of those moments in time that can never be duplicated—pure inspiration
and creation and simply one of the best times of my life. Picture a cool
fall day; leaves red and golden with the sound of wind blowing gently
through them. Gary, Justyn and I are sitting in a circle on the carpeted
floor, Gary with his guitar, Justyn with his bass, me with my lyrics. We
jammed, the music just flowed and we had an amazing time. The first day in
the studio, Gary looked at me and said, ‘We are going to write a hit song
today.’ I thought, ‘Yeah, right, in one day.’ But by the end of the day, we
wrote the music to the title track to the album, ‘Aftershock.’

“Gary was an amazing mentor to both me and Justyn,” she adds. “He was also
a teacher, inspiration and a friend. I hope one day I can give back to a
hopeful dreamer, the way Gary mentored and inspired me. My true goal is to
inspire people with my music. Music is art, and just as when two people look
at the same painting and see completely different things, when each
individual listens to music they hear their own meaning to the songs, and
feel their own unique experience.  If my music makes people happy,
exhilarated, excited, reflective, melancholy, empowered, or makes them feel
an emotional connection to the song then as a songwriter I have reached the
pinnacle of success. Yet for all that, it’s onstage where I feel most at
home and really come alive.”