Maddie & Tae Release Long-Awaited Sophomore Album, ‘The Way It Feels’

It’s been four years since Maddie & Tae released their debut album. Since then, the duo’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor…


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April 10, 2020


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It’s been four years since Maddie & Tae released their debut album. Since then, the duo’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye have experienced many life changes. They’ve grown up, lived a lot of life, written hundreds of songs and changed record labels. On top of that, Dye experienced heartbreak and later found new love with singer/songwriter Josh Kerr who would soon become her husband, while Marlow married her highschool sweetheart. All of this and more is documented on the duo’s long-awaited sophomore album, The Way It Feels.

The 15-track project, which dropped on Friday (April 10), finds the duo reflecting on everything that life has thrown at them through the years.

“I think something that Maddie and I want to say through our songs, especially in this new chapter of life is that we’ve lived a lot of life in the past couple of years, but no matter what phase we’ve gone through, we always want to have that self-confidence and self-awareness to just go through any type of chapter life throws at us,” Dye explains. “We’ve had some ups and downs, but through it all we’ve just stayed ourselves and we’ve stayed true to our songwriting. And I think a lot of people are going to learn that about us, if they didn’t know it already, and hopefully love it.”

What’s not to love about The Way It Feels? The album takes fans on a true rollercoaster of emotions, from the poignant “Die From A Broken Heart,” to the powerful “Water In His Wineglass,” to the confident “Bathroom Floor.” This album is Maddie & Tae at their best and was without a doubt worth the wait.

On Tuesday, April 14 at 12pm CT Maddie and Tae will go live on Facebook and YouTube to chat with fans about the new album. Until then, The Way It Feels is available to purchase and stream online.

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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.