Everything ‘AGT’ Didn’t Tell You About Golden Buzzer Recipient Madison Taylor Baez
Madison Taylor Baez was one of the singers featured on Tuesday night’s America’s Got Talent episode. Here’s everything you need to know about this 11 year old singer.
1. Madison is Also an Actress
She made her Netflix debut in 2020 with Selena the Series. Within the show, Madison played the role of young Selena Quintanilla. The show’s inaugural debut drew in 30 million viewers, soon after Madison received great reviews for her portrayal. Within the show, Madison was the only cast member to sing her own songs in English and Spanish.
Outside of the netflix series, the young singer has been featured in 13 national commercials with major brands.
2. She Gained Recognition From Singing at Sporting Events
Madison’s nickname is America’s no. 1 “Anthem Girl” because she first gained recognition for her “Star Spangled Banner” renditions. Ahead of AGT she has performed in sold out stadium and arenas for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ram, Lakers, Kings, Galaxy, and Harlem Globetrotters. Outside of sports, she’s appeared at several other high profile charity events.
3. Her Father Introduced her to the Piano, Singing
Her father introduced her to music at the age of three. The singer then learned to play piano and develop her singing skills by singing hundreds of songs on shuffle. The practiced songs would range from Motown to some of the biggest songs today by artists like Bruno Mars, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, and more. One Christmas, Madison’s father gifted her a small pink electronic piano. Her family notes that her piano playing began as banging on random keys, but became music in about a week.
“My wife and I heard the toy piano playing in the other room and we both stopped and looked at each other with shock!! We then went into her play room and there she was playing her little electronic toy piano. We were even more stunned of how she was sitting, positioning her hands and playing with her fingers,” her father said.
Her parents later bought her a baby grand piano for the home. From there, Madison taught herself to play and read sheet music.
4. She Sang to Her Father Throughout His Cancer Battle
A few months before Madison’s fourth birthday, her father was diagnosed with Stage four Colon Cancer. As mentioned on America’s Got Talent, Madison has watched her father struggle with the disease for the past nine years. Soon after his diagnosis, Madison began singing to her father throughout his hospital stays, years of chemo treatments, and multiple surgeries. Her voice became developed through the pain of watching her father fight cancer to the joy of her father’s healing.
Even though Madison mentioned that her father is still struggling with the disease, her website states that he is cancer free and enjoying every moment of his daughters music. As mentioned on the series, Madison’s voice gives her father strength throughout his cancer battle.
5. America’s Got Talent Isn’t Her First Competition Show
Madison has appeared on ABC’s Kids Say the Darndest Things as well as FOX’s Game of Talents. Within each series she impressed with her powerful vocals. On these shows, she sang “Listen” by Beyonce and “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. In 2019, she appeared as a contestant in the China’s Got Talent finale.
6. She’s Apart of a Showtime Show, Let The Right One In
It was announced that Madison will star opposite of Demián Bichir in Showtime’s new series Let the Right One In. Within the series she plays the role of Eleanor. The narrative features Eleanor and her father living in the shadows and committing shameful acts to keep her alive after she was bitten by a mysterious creature. When they return to New York City, she meets a friend who reignites her desire to regain her humanity. This series does not have a release date at this time.
7. You Can Stream her Debut Album
In 2020, Madide released her debut album, Blingle Bells. The 11 track album features classic tunes like “Please Come Home for Christmas,” “Feliz Navidad,” and others. In 2021, she sang “Blingle Bells” at Universal Citywalk Hollywood.
Tune into America’s Got Talent on Tuesday, June 7 to see Madison’s audition.