Most country fans are pretty well aware by now that a lot of country music outside of Nashville comes from the state of Texas. These artists either get big enough to go to Nashville and sign to a major label or stick around in the scene as they make a name for themselves. Well Madelyn Victoria’s path to where she is now is a little different. She grew up in Harlingen, Texas and performed and sang ever since she was five years old. Victoria has pretty much done it all in music, from being selected to perform with the Radio Disney Superstars of Dallas to studying opera and mariachi to being a Shania Twain Sing-Off winner. Her heart though is with country music, as George Strait is one of her favorite artists. Victoria and her band have already opened for the likes of Turnpike Troubadours, Clay Walker and Zac Brown Band. And she has just recently her newest single via Star 1 Records and MTS Management, titled “He Only Loves Me on the Dance Floor.”
Right away you’ll notice the constant presence of steel guitar throughout the song. It’s very much a traditionally rooted sound. The song itself is about a woman trying to resist giving into her love for a man, but eventually taking a drink of whiskey to have the courage to do so. She kind of knows she shouldn’t give in. She can’t help it though and they dance the night away on the dance floor. The songwriting is pretty solid and makes for a solid, mid-tempo love ballad. Victoria has a really nice voice that suits the song well. It sounds very seasoned for as young as she is, although singing your whole life will tend to make you pretty good at singing so I shouldn’t be too surprised. She also avoids over singing the song, as many artists will try too hard to embellish on a song like this one.
Madelyn Victoria’s country career is only her early stages, but songs like this build a good foundation early on with fans. It firmly establishes her as a traditional country artist, which is nice to see. You can also tell she’s being herself and not trying to be someone else (you have no idea how many upcoming artists are labeled as the next <insert name here>). Victoria is well versed with the music business it seems too, so that’s another feather in her cap. “He Only Loves Me on the Dance Floor” is a solid love ballad that many traditional country fans should enjoy. Victoria is clearly a talented artist and her potential is quite high.