Maddie & Tae’s ‘Die From A Broken Heart’ Comes From A Very Personal Place

Taylor Dye was in the midst of personal heartbreak when the duo wrote the song.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 29, 2019


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When it was time for Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye of the platinum-selling duo Maddie & Tae to select a new single, they looked to their fans to help them make their decision.

With over 23 million streams, “Die From A Broken Heart” was clearly a fan-favorite and ultimately the top contender for the duo’s next single.

Co-written by Marlow and Dye alongside Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan, “Die From A Broken Heart” is written from the perspective a grief-stricken woman who turns to her mother for support after a breakup.

“How does he sleep at night? Momma, the nerve of this guy/ To leave me so easy/ Am I gonna be alright? I wanna kick myself for falling so hard/ Momma, can you die from a broken heart,” the duo sings throughout the chorus.

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The song, which puts the duo’s signature harmonies on display, was born during a written session that happened to take place just after Dye experienced personal heartbreak. In order to make it through the session without breaking down, she made the choice to strictly focus on her work, rather than letting her emotions get the best of her.

“We wrote ‘Die from a Broken Heart’ two weeks after an actual break up that I had gone through,” Dye explains. “It’s hard for me to really dig into my emotions in the midst of my emotions. I’m more of like an after the point, and then I can kind of revisit it and work through everything. But I turned off my emotions for the most part during that writing session just to look at it from a logical and practical standpoint, just so that I wasn’t a mess during writing it.”

Dye admits this was “probably the hardest” song to write for the duo’s latest project because she “felt everything that the song says.”

“Die From A Broken Heart” is featured on Maddie & Tae’s One Heart To Another EP. The five-song release is the follow-up to the duo’s 2015 debut, Start Here.

Fans can catch the duo on the road with superstar Carrie Underwood on her 55-city Cry Pretty Tour 360 throughout the summer and fall.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.