When reviewing all that Madisyn Gifford has achieved so far, it seems almost impossible that she released her debut single, “Without You,” only two years ago. During this time, Madisyn has pulled in over 550k steams on Spotify with projects like her debut EP, Learning to Exist, and debut LP, I hate ur guts, has received over 1.2M views on YouTube, and has earned coverage from tastemakers like Rolling Stone and Earmilk. Her ability to create genre-bending music based on the sounds of indie, folk, and pop has made her a rising force in the industry, keeping fans, moguls, and the ever-present media engaged. It is only a matter of time before Madisyn delivers another impressive EP or LP, but until then, she is holding audiences over with the release of “21.”
On “21,” Madisyn takes a look back at what was supposed to be one of the greatest years of her life. Over bright rhythms and sweet melodies, Madisyn yearns for the life of an average 21-year-old, one that contains “scraped knees, no sleep” and “kissing boys in bars.” As she dreams about all of the excitement and opportunity, she gingerly asks, “When’s my time to start?” and declares, “I missed out on 21.” You can check it out in the music video below, which was shot by Madisyn herself.
Telling us more about the single, Madisyn explains,
“21 has been my lucky number for as long as I can remember and because of that, my entire life I have always placed really high expectations on what my 21st year was going to be like. I wrote this song with Jared Manierka at a time when I was feeling really frustrated because I had not been having a year even close to the 21 that I had always imagined due to COVID and some other life circumstances I was dealing with. This was one of those magical songs where after I wrote it, I was able to look at the issues I was having more clearly, and luckily the second half of my 21st year was nothing short of magical. I’m so proud of this track and I think that it is going to be so much fun to perform and scream along in the car to. I hope people enjoy dancing around their kitchen to it as much as I do!”
You can listen to “21” on platforms like SoundCloud, Apple Music, and Spotify.