Boise native Maddie Zahm is taking the music industry by storm

BOISE, Idaho — It’s been a busy few years for Boise native Maddie Zahm. The 24-year-old musician grew up in Treasure Valley and is chasing her dreams in Los Angeles and is gaining a massive following on social media and millions of views on her recently released music videos.

“I still can’t believe this is all real,” Zahm said. “I feel like I’m dreaming most of the time.”

Idaho News 6 first introduced you to Maddie in 2018 when she hosted in-home music lessons for teens with disabilities.

It was her appearance on ABC’s American Idol that first brought us together, but since then the singer/songwriter has set sail for LA, lost over 100 pounds and gone queer, writing about her ongoing revelations. of road.

“I love the idea that this project is now helping my family through it and my hometown through it,” Zahm said. “The changes of finding out I’m queer and finding out things that I didn’t know I had a right to be. It’s very cathartic.”

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Zahm’s hit song “You Might Not Like Her” is a message to her younger self, detailing her journey of self-discovery.

“I want this EP to be a reminder that we are humans,” Zahm said. “It’s the human experience and as messy as it is, we should talk about this stuff.”

His lyrics leave a lasting impact on countless fans following his run on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok.

Like many Boiséans, Maddie’s roots in the City of Trees run deep. She returns regularly and even shot the video for “You Might Not Like Her” in her hometown.

“I couldn’t have imagined it being shot anywhere else,” Zahm said. “Because this EP is so honest, shooting it somewhere other than where it happened would have been a disservice.”

And while so much has changed since we first heard her sing, she’s still the same in many ways.

“I have no doubt that at some point I’m going to go back and do special education,” Zahm said. “I have no doubt that this will be part of my journey.”

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Zahm also hopes to do a show in Boise, but for now she has performances scheduled in Los Angeles, New York and London.

Her EP is out August 12. You can keep an eye on his latest music and social media accounts here.

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