In today’s music world, age is no longer a factor when it comes to rising stars in youth culture. With teenaged acts like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez in the spotlight, many young people have become inspired— or simply more determined—to be ranked among the best of them. Texas pop sensation Macy Medford, 14, is one of those destined to be heard.

Performing arts played a significant role for Medford at a young age, helping in her personal discovery to being a well-rounded artist. “I got started in music when I did the school talent show in second grade, and I [played] Annie,” says Medford. “I also love writing poetry, so that is how I got started writing my own music.”

Medford connected with award-winning writer-producers Jonathan George and Anthony Mazza. Together they created a collection of tracks for her album, Crazy ‘Bout You. Her hit single on the record, “Just Me and You,” landed the No. 1 spot on the Tween Pop Radio charts the week of its debut. The song has also been appropriately paired with a music video that personifies its carefree melody.

With Medford’s bubbly personality and high-spirited songs, she surprisingly links her pop tunes with more mature genres. “My music is unique because it has a very jazzy, bluesy sound mixed with pop,” Medford explains. “Etta James, Norah Jones and Michael Buble inspire me in my music because I love their bluesy sounds. They are what made me want to sing jazz music.”

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