Madison VanDenburg, a Cohoes native who made it to the finale of “American Idol” season 17, has released a new single called “Game Changers,” in conjunction with a three-part documentary about her music journey.
Also titled “Game Changer,” the first episode of the series is available to view via VanDenburg’s YouTube channel. The second and third episodes are slated to air Sunday, May 8 and May 15 at noon on CBS6 and 6:30 p.m. on CW15.
The series explores how VanDenburg transitioned from “American Idol” to the music industry, which was especially challenging during the pandemic.
VanDenburg caught the attention of music industry veteran producer and multi-platinum songwriter Kenny Lamb, a Warner/Chappell New York and Nashville alumnus who helped launch the careers of Grammy and Dove-winning artists. After a few creative meetings, Madison traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to record with Lamb (‘N Sync, Building 429) and Christopher Rowe (Taylor Swift, Jewel) in September 2021 at the world-renowned Blackbird Studio.
“When I heard the writer’s room work tape of ‘Game Changer,’ I heard something in it that I thought really reflected what Madison was all about,” Lamb noted. “That, combined with a strong melody and hook that makes you feel like you can take on the world. It’s got some attitude and some edge – but manages to come across [as] very empowering. This definitely represents who Madison is as an artist and it is exciting to see where things go next.”
The series opened with the foundational aspect of the music business, songs and songwriting, and followed VanDenburg into the studio with some of the top record producers in the industry, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews about the recording process.
As the show builds, viewers get a front-row seat to the glam squad behind image consulting and photoshoots, featuring industry-leading stylists and photography professionals. Throughout the show, there are also acoustic performances by VanDenburg, interviews with hit songwriters, producers and additional guest artists from “American Idol” and “The Voice.”
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