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Two weeks after showing interest and getting their hopes up, Big Machine released a debut by Maddie & Tae, a similar female country duo. “We spent a lot of time trying to climb the ladder,” Alaska says. “At least that’s how I looked at it. I was always trying to figure out ‘How do we get where they are?’ or ‘How did they get ahead of us and what do we need to do to get there?’ “Now we just want to play. Of course, we’d still like a record deal, but most of all, we enjoy singing and just want to play.” Five years after graduating high school and their first audition for The Voice, things are moving a bit slower and that’s fine by this duo, as they’re settling into their lives. Madi is engaged and getting married in April, while Alaska is transitioning to Nashville and focusing on a songwriting career. “It’s funny to me now,” Alaska says, “because I wouldn’t have expected to be content with where we are now, but I’m really enjoying it.” Looking back on their experience with The Voice,, the pair agree

“It opened a lot of doors for us, but that window of opportunity is really about a year and a half, maybe two years max. Nobody cares now.” That’s not necessarily the case, as they still have fans out there and enough of an audience to keep them touring. This year promises to have them out on the road most of the summer playing the festival and fair circuit again. And as Alaska’s songwriting career gets traction, it could open more doors and lead to that elusive record contract, much like it has for Swindell and Maren Morris. In the meantime, Alaska and Madi will continue to shine with their performances and enjoy the opportunities in front of them — and the food that comes with it.  

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The duo seemed to be making headway and followed up some interest from Warner Brothers with a meeting with someone at Big Machine Records. “They asked us for a copy of our album and said they wanted to set us up with some songwriters,” Alaska says.

“We probably should have picked Adam [Levine] as our coach, but we picked Blake [Shelton] because he’s from Oklahoma and had been in Oklahoma Kids as well, so it made for good TV,” Alaska says. “I only wish we’d gone a few more episodes, so we’d have had a chance to build more social media following.


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“It was really a crash course in the music business,” Alaska says. “We weren’t looking for a record deal. It was more going from company to company and asking questions, learning how things worked.”

that it was a good experience. “They treated us really well the entire time,” Madi says. “We’d recommend the show to anyone who’s thinking about it, because it was a nice springboard.”


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Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For 32 years, Preview 918 has been the best resource for disc...