This Song is Burnin' Up!
Posted January 10, 2018
By MarcusHathcock_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Maddie Rey first jumped on our radar two and a half years ago when she released her debut album, Overflow. But it doesn't take much digging to discover that the 19-year-old urban pop artist is a force of nature.
The pastor's daughter has been busy the last few years, touring, songwriting, starring in her eponymous online TV show, and releasing singles. In 2016, we heard club track "Heart in the Air." And last year, we got a dose of fun song "Cruizin." Now, she's starting 2018 with some "Fire," cementing herself as a performer that brings a flavor all her own to Christian music.
The second verse of this song quickly gives listeners insight as to Maddie's goal as an artist: "I'm not a rockstar, not into the smoke and fire, I'm just tryna' keep the fire burning / If you really want to see the flames, put your hands up."
Furthermore, she adds in the bridge: "It's not a performance / It's not about me / It's about a generation coming to the King." She delivers these words with soaring choruses, rapped/reggaeton-style verses, and even some distorted megaphone effects sprinkled throughout.
Great lyrics, but what's even better is that we're hearing some production/instrumentation choices that are arena-worthy. Maddie isn't afraid to go big; what we hear immediately grabs me as a female-fronted Diverse City kind of vibe.
Musically speaking, a drumkit and crunching guitars give this track a decidedly more rock vibe than other recent Maddie Rey music, but there's still plenty of drum machine and synth to carry the song.
This is the kind of song I want to see performed live, because I can already picture its bigness, with a full band, background dancers and everything. And as top-notch as it sounds, and as much swagger as there is in the overall vibe, there's no question the song's overall intent, which is to glorify God.
Seems to me that's exactly what we all want out of Christian music.
"Fire" by Maddie Rey is a lot of fun, merging many different styles and genres to create a banger of a song whose message is that the real attraction here is the power of God. I'm excited to see this latest step in Maddie Rey's development, and eagerly await more new music!
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