WATCH: Madeline Edwards Delivers Confident Performance Of ‘Mama, Dolly, Jesus’ On ‘The Late Show’
Hot the heels of the release of her debut album, Crashlanded, Madeline Edwards brought her new single, “Mama, Dolly, Jesus,”…
Madeline Edwards; Photo via YouTube
Hot the heels of the release of her debut album, Crashlanded, Madeline Edwards brought her new single, “Mama, Dolly, Jesus,” to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Surrounded by colorful lights and a silver tinsel backdrop, the rising star delivered a rousing performance of the additive tune along her band.
Co-written by Edwards alongside lauded hitmakers Jessie Jo Dillon, Jimmy Robbins, and Laura Veltz, “Mama, Dolly, Jesus” finds the California-born, Texas-raised artist brushing off the opinions of those who don’t matter.
“You ain’t mama, Dolly or Jesus/ They’re the only voices in my head that I tend to agree with/ So pick your bones and throw your stones/ I ain’t inclined to please ya/ Unless you’re mama, Dolly or Jesus,” she sings.
In a recent interview with Country Now, Edwards shared how she was inspired to write the song after receiving criticism over a photo that appear on the cover of a previously released EP.
“The cover of the record is me with an off-the-shoulder top and they found that to be pretty scandalous,” she laughed. “So I got a lot of really tough criticism from the Christian community for that and it made me kind of pissed off and it made me feel like I wasn’t valued as a Christian and my story of coming back to the Lord.”
When she got into the room with her co-writers they decided to help Edwards write a song about only valuing the opinions of those that matter to her. “I told them the people I care about the most, their opinions of me, are my mom and Dolly Parton and Jesus,” she recalled.
The message of the song isn’t so much about putting critics in their place, but more so about encouraging people to love themselves and others.
“I think it’s really cool, cause it’s kind of tongue in cheek, challenging the critics from The Road record, but also kind of encouraging people that if you don’t love yourself, how do you expect to love other people?”
Edwards recently joined forces with Nashville-based director Quinton Cook to bring the song to life with a music video that features several of Edwards’s friends and a Dolly Parton drag queen. Click below to watch.
Madeline Edwards’ The Late Show performance comes on the heels of a wildly successful year that saw the talented singer/songwriter making her Grand Ole Opry debut and sharing the stage with superstars like Chris Stapleton.
Her album, Crashlanded, was released via Warner Music Nashville and includes 12 tracks she co-wrote alongside heavy hitters like Ross Copperman, Luke Dick, and Trannie Anderson.
“I try to always communicate a lot of love and respect in my songwriting. I try to be as inclusive with my music as I can and I want people to feel challenged but also wrapped in a big hug when they listen cause I am challenging the listeners to do the hard thing,” she shared when asked what she hopes fans take away when listening to the project.
With a whirlwind year behind her, Edwards will enjoy some time off the road for the holidays. She will join Ingrid Andress on tour in 2023 and also perform at a number of major festivals, including Stagecoach, Rock the South, and TidalWave Music Festival.
For a full list of upcoming tour dates, click HERE.
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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.