Madeline Lauer: Open Book
Words + Interview By: Tyrone Davis (Editor/Publisher)
Madeline Lauer is an R&B singer/songwriter from Dublin, OH. She just recently released a project titled, “Open Book”.
How was your childhood?
My childhood was very much ideal. My parents are incredible and very opposite individuals. My four siblings are the coolest kids I know. Although both my parents worked and our household rotated nannies noticeably often, I never felt neglected or wanted for any necessity. I also had the best high school clique a teenager could ever hope for. I know my loving childhood is why I am overall such a happy person.
How did you get into music and when did you decide you wanted to do it full time?
Music was something I connected with so early on in my life that I don’t remember when I decided I wanted to be a singer. I was just always singing for people everywhere I went and getting good reactions. When I was in my teens, I started recording songs I wrote and I think that was when I began to see the possibilities of doing it as a career.
Tell us about your album, “Open Book”.
It’s the first album in a trilogy of albums I’ll be releasing. Its technically phase one. Every song is inspired by very real relationship-based experiences in my life. Not only romantic, but the thorny relationship I have with myself. I like to describe the music as funky, romantic, sensual and bouncy.
Being that a lot of people seem to be open books when it comes to social media, where do you draw the line in reference to what you post?
I wouldn’t want any of my posts to hurt someone’s feelings, or discriminate against anyone. You will never see me in a social media feud or shaming anyone in any way.
Describe your song writing process.
I am always writing down thoughts in my phone throughout the day. Sometimes, when I am feeling particularly emotional about something, I will free hand write in a notebook or on my lap top. Then when I get a beat that inspires me, I listen to it over and over until a melody really clicks. Following that, I get cozy on my bed with all my written down thoughts laid out in front of me and decide which one I want to expand on. After I write the entire song by myself first, I take it to the studio and sing it for my team. Then they help clean it up a bit.
Who or what inspires you?
I’ve always gravitated towards female singers when it comes to acquiring inspiration. Aaliyah is my absolute favorite female performer and still inspires me to this day. I suppose there is something about a bad ass babe using her talent to tell a unique story and sell an exclusive vibe to the world that was always so appealing to me.
When was the last time you cried and what was the reason?
I actually cried today because this is the last day of my job at Conway Recording Studios. It’s been the best three years of my life so far and I have made life-long best friends. But it’s time for me to jump full force into my dream and that is why it was mostly happy tears.
I’m going to throw a few names out there. Say whatever comes to mind.
A: Grace Jones – Unmatched
B: Donald Trump – *Rolls eyes*
C: ScHoolboy Q – Call me! lol
If you had a chance to work with anyone, who would it be and why?
Miguel. Not only am I literally a “super fan”, but I think the song we could make together would be so effortlessly sexy. I feel like it’s a MUST for us to work together.
What is your favorite music based film?
I thought, “Walk The Line” was done beautifully. I freaking love Reese Witherspoon. I feel like I want to watch it right now! Thanks for reminding me.
Tell us something about yourself that most don’t know.
I was allergic to chocolate until I was 20.
How can you be reached via social media?
Any last words?
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs