Despite considerable trials, Madi is a source of inspiration for many. She is deeply rooted in her family, her friends and her faith. At just 18 years old, she is already a published author and has founded her own charity. And now, with the help of Cook Children’s Medical Center and the entire community, Madi can proudly claim the title of recording artist!
Madi has dealt with migraines her entire life, and at 13, she found out she had a brain tumor. Soon after, four of Madi’s organs shut down. Five years later, Madi continues to endure persistent pain, frequent trips to the doctor, extended hospital stays, numerous surgeries and ongoing symptoms that are disruptive to the life of a teenager. But in the Spring of 2017, Madi finally received some good news – good news that would stay with her forever and help her fight through the unimaginable daily rigors of everything she endures.
Over 200 people at a Make-A-Wish® Sponsor Summit in Dallas took part in revealing to Madi that her wish to record an original song would officially be granted! A community of Make-A-Wish supporters from all over the world now united as #MadiFans.
“Words just pop into my mind and they flow from my fingertips,” Madi said. “I really don’t have to think about it.”
Clearly, Madi writes from the heart while leaning on her faith. And as Madi began the process of writing and recording her very own original song, support and encouragement poured in from #MadiFans across the country, including Grammy, ACM and CMA award-winning country music superstar, Kacey Musgraves.
Madi enjoyed voice lessons at School of Rock, and worked closely with Raymond Turner, Production Manager at Cook Children’s Recording Studio, by her side. As Madi described a vision for her song, Raymond played some drum beat options that could accompany her lyrics and melody. With the beat to guide her, Madi stepped into the sound booth and up to the microphone to record her vocal track – the track featuring lyrics written straight from Madi’s heart. She handled the recording nerves like a pro, then looked on as Raymond mixed her voice with the drum beat. And, before she knew it, “Joy” came to life. Thanks to the team at Cook Children’s Medical Center, School of Rock and #MadiFans around the world, “Joy” will forever be a part of Madi’s life.