Qing Madi Reveals: Ghostwriting Songs Since Age 13

Qing Madi Reveals: Ghostwriting Songs Since Age 13
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Qing Madi Reveals: Ghostwriting Songs Since Age 13

Qing Madi, a Nigerian singer-songwriter, is rapidly gaining prominence in the music industry. At just 17 years old, she made her breakthrough in 2022 with the release of “See Finish” on TikTok. This track, born out of a freestyle to express her feelings about a strained friendship, garnered unexpected attention and acclaim.

However, the swift rise to fame also brought unwelcome scrutiny. Many were incredulous upon learning of Qing Madi’s young age, questioning her ability to convey such depth of emotion and experience in her music. This skepticism led to her feeling marginalized and even bullied, as her talent was overshadowed by doubts about her age.

Despite her youth, Qing Madi’s journey in music began long before her breakout moment. She started ghostwriting songs for other artists at the age of 13, honing her craft behind the scenes while concealing her true age. Her talent eventually caught the attention of established musicians, including BNXN, formerly known as Buju, who collaborated with her on the track “Ole” in 2023.

Qing Madi’s upbringing in Benin City and later Lagos laid the foundation for her musical aspirations. Encouraged by her mother, who recognized her innate talent from a young age, she began performing in school talent shows and church choirs. Her childhood was immersed in music, with melodies from nearby bars and influences from both old-school tracks and contemporary trap and rap music.

Inspired by artists like Kendrick Lamar, Qing Madi’s musical style blends various influences, showcasing a unique fusion of genres. Her eclectic taste and undeniable talent have earned her recognition, with Apple Music selecting her as one of their Rising Class of 2024 artists.

As Qing Madi continues to ascend in the music industry, her story serves as a testament to the power of talent and determination, regardless of age. With each new milestone, she challenges perceptions and proves that age is no barrier to artistic expression and success.

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