Maddie Carpenter Follows Her Heart Into The Future On Debut Single ‘Cowboy’

Maddie Carpenter Follows Her Heart Into The Future On Debut Single “Cowboy”

Indie pop artist Maddie Carpenter makes a dazzling showcase of masterful songwriting on her debut single, “Cowboy,” released alongside a cinematic music video. Reminiscent of iconic lyricists like Sara Bareilles and Lucinda Williams, Carpenter beautifully articulates her story with passion, intelligence, and clarity on this subtly Americana-kissed pop track. “Cowboy” is an undeniably raw and heartfelt story delving into the difficult-to-let-go-of nostalgia and comfort that keeps young adults from embracing new experiences. At its core, this track represents the transition from childhood to adulthood; the attachment to a first love, specifically, represents a powerful tie to our younger self. For Carpenter, “growing up and realizing that your passions are taking you in a different direction – away from the comforts of your childhood,” is a necessary part of developing into the person we were meant to be. 

Carpenter sets the scene for this music video in a wistful desert. The singer-songwriter playfully explores the open landscape beneath a magnificent sunset, representative of the journey, sheer potential, and optimism for a beyond bright future. This video is simple, raw, and emotional; viewers get an authentic insight into the feelings and stories the songstress built this song from. Carpenter effortlessly conveys every ounce of passion she has for this story in her mesmerizing delivery throughout the video. She acknowledges the importance of working through such a profoundly difficult stage of uncertainty, especially for women: She says, “[women] often feel that they need to be nurturers and are told by society that they shouldn’t hurt others emotionally, even if it means sacrificing their own dreams.” For any young adults struggling to make the transition to adulthood, “Cowboy” is the anthem to give you that extra vote of confidence to take the leap of faith.

Maddie Carpenter is a singer-songwriter from California’s Bay Area. She grew up listening to pop, Americana, and singer/songwriter music and realized her love of both singing and songwriting at an early age. Having written her own songs since age 10, Maddie was confident that she would find her purpose in music as she grew up. With influence from artists like Sara Bareilles, Carpenter is passionate about finding the intersection of poetry, music and storytelling in each song she writes. The artist has been waiting for the right time – to embark on her journey as an artist on her terms – where she could take control to mold her projects into the vision. Carpenter is undoubtedly ready to take this game-changing step into the next season of her life.