Madonna. The first thing that pops into any person’s mind upon hearing this name is the “Queen of Pop,” but there is another Madonna who has been making quite an impact in the country music scene, and that is the ever-talented and stunning Madonna Nash. Broken Records Magazine’s Markos Papadatos catches up with this North Carolina songstress on February 17, 2012. With looks reminiscent to those of country singers Faith Hill and Julie Roberts, Nash’s voice is a blend of Carolyn Dawn Johnson meets Rachel Proctor, and encompasses elements of various genres such as country, rock, pop, adult contemporary, and rhythm and blues. “I love women that write great and honest songs, and just put themselves out there,” she acknowledges.
Nash grew up listening to Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, as well as Patsy Cline and Reba McEntire. She reveals that she was not named after the “Material Girl.” “I was actually named after a girl my father dated in high school,” she says with a laugh. “A lot of people ask me if it’s my real name, and it actually is.”
Particularly impressive about Nash is that she shares the same maiden name [Perry] as Faith Hill [who was born Audrey Faith Perry].
Nash is drawn to country music due to its great stories, truthfulness and relatability. “It has the best fans, and it’s real. I love it!”
She has toured with some of country’s greatest artists including Gretchen Wilson, Lee Brice, American Idol alum Danny Gokey, Josh Thompson, Gloriana, Sarah Buxton, as well as Jason Michael Carroll. “I am so lucky to get to perform with these great people, and I am a big fan of everybody. It really is a blessing.”
Nash lists Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, and Eric Church as her dream duet choices in country.
In 2010, Nash was named “Female Country Artist of the Year” at the prestigious Carolina Music awards, which is a fan-nominated and fan-voted competition. “It was a great opportunity and it opened some doors for me, since they asked me to come back and be the host this past year.”
She also shared a Billboard Magazine spread with country megastar Tim McGraw. “That was very exciting! It was surreal to have my face and picture right next to Tim McGraw, since Billboard Magazine is such a huge publication.”
Her eponymous debut album, which was produced by Dave Demay and Charlie Fulp, was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, and she either wrote or co-wrote all thirteen tracks on her album. Its lead-off single, “Dirty Little Secret,” garnered the coveted “Discovery Award” in Music Row Magazine.
Her music video for “Dirty Little Secret” recently made it into the “Social Hour” show on Country Music Television (CMT). Subsequently, it was #9 on CMT PURE’s 12-Pack Countdown.
Yet another spellbinding vocal from her album is “Firefly.” “It’s a song that I wrote with Charlie. Most people that listen to it think it’s a love song, but it’s about firefly vodka, which tastes just like sweet tea. We decided to write a song about it because it’s so delicious!”