GoRiverWalk Magazine Interview

Fourteen-year-olds are usually preoccupied with high school milestones, staying ahead of teen fashion trends, updating their Facebook statuses, and (sometimes) thinking about what they realistically want to be when they grow up. Ninth grader Maggie Baugh already knows. “I absolutely love performing. Seeing the people’s faces when I perform my own songs really inspires me to keep going.” The country singing teen already has one album under her belt, “Only Good Things,” which was recorded about two years ago. Her wardrobe is pretty fixed too. On performance days most of the time, it includes a cowgirl hat and boots. And her Facebook statuses consist of photos with country stars like Jess Taylor, Walter Finley, and Trace Adkins and updates about upcoming shows. Her fiddle teacher was the one who suggested she try the guitar. She has played the violin for the past eight years. Mandolin and piano are also in her repertoire – she picked up guitar, singing, and songwriting three years ago. “I wrote a song on Garage Band because I was getting bullied and I just decided that it was really cool that people wrote songs and expressed their feelings.”

 But it wasn’t until she met singer Caroline Kole at a music festival in South Carolina that she started to formulate her own music career. “I went to a festival in South Carolina and there was this girl who was 14 at the time and she had just got signed with Sony Records and she told me to play and sing because you never know who’s watching.”

Since then, Baugh has come into her own sound with influences from some of her favorites. “My music style when I perform and when I’m on stage is sort of a Johnny Cash kind of style – that’s the music that I like to play. But writing songs, it’s more of the new country.” Full picking, open chord style is how she describes her writing. Keith Urban and Kole, who is now on tour with Reba McEntire, are some of her main influences.

When performing she takes on the old blue grass presence some of the greats like Cash were known for. But her songs are all her. “I wrote a song called “Tears Next Door.” It’s about a woman soldier who [lived next door] and I [gained] a lot of inspiration from her and she really helped me but she didn’t really notice – I kind of kept quiet. And it talks about how you could just hear the tears from her family members when she never came home from the war.”

Her youth affords her an eager and pure disposition - she writes from experience about breakups, losing family members, and life in general. Her favorite at the moment is her song called “Country Boy.” “It’s explaining what a country boy is and how he’s mine and what we’re doing and country things like putting down the tailgate and watching the stars.”

Her latest single, “Midnight Train,” was released a couple of months ago and she says she and her parents are thinking of recording a new album in Nashville later on this year.

But before that – she has ninth grade to finish. She gets up at seven, “for the biggest challenge a teenager comes across, called high school.” Her afternoons are spent doing homework, but during the evenings, she splits time between jamming out in her room and playing gigs across South Florida. She played over 70 shows in 2013 but says she doesn’t get nervous – not even when she performed in front of 20,000 people at the Conquer Entertainment Group Market America Conference in February.

“I’m taking it slow during the week because of high school,” she says. “I’m a freshman and I want to get good grades and keep my GPA up.”

Article courtesy of www.goriverwalk.com March 2015

2 comments

  • Bruce Swartz

    Bruce Swartz Atlanta, Georgia

    I just you, for the first time, on stage with non other than Charlie Daniels... and performing one of my all time favorite songs, "Devil Went Down to Georgia". I just had to send that to my mother who has always been a Charlie Daniels fan. All I can say - Maggie you got it going! That was just too much fun... got my morning going! You certainly have me as a HUGE fan... and we certainly are looking forward in hearing and seeing more from you!

    I just you, for the first time, on stage with non other than Charlie Daniels... and performing one of my all time favorite songs, "Devil Went Down to Georgia". I just had to send that to my mother who has always been a Charlie Daniels fan. All I can say - Maggie you got it going! That was just too much fun... got my morning going! You certainly have me as a HUGE fan... and we certainly are looking forward in hearing and seeing more from you!

  • Annie

    Annie Ft Lauderdale Fl.

    Maggie what can I say, you are the Bee's Kneee's , the coolest jamm'n gal I know! i love to hear you sing, play your Fiddle, and Guitar. and your "Maggie-ism's" are the best! Love to laugh with you! Loving you is easy! hugs!

    Maggie what can I say, you are the Bee's Kneee's , the coolest jamm'n gal I know!
    i love to hear you sing, play your Fiddle, and Guitar. and your "Maggie-ism's" are the best!
    Love to laugh with you! Loving you is easy! hugs!

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