Madison Calley has gained a following on social media for her beautiful renditions of modern classics on classical harp. Watch her play the intro to “Halo” by Beyoncé below.
You may recall seeing her perform with Roddy Ricch at the Grammys, which almost didn’t happen after a gig with the star fell through. Via Rolling Stone:
- She decided to send a previously unreleased video over to Ricch’s team, showing her covering his song “Rockstar,” along with a request to be kept in mind for future projects. The next day, she received a text from the team: They wanted her to come into the studio to lay down the harp instrumental … and perform with Ricch at the Grammys. “I couldn’t believe it!” she says.
Here’s their medley of “Heartless” / “The Box“:
She explained how she chose the harp at the tender age of four:
As kids, my brothers and I had to choose both a sport and an instrument. When I was four years old I went to a restaurant with my family, and a harpist was there playing Disney songs. I loved Disney, and liked how it sounded, so I chose the harp. That was how it all started. Just that simply.
She’s made the most of it since. Her YouTube and instagram accounts are full of gems, like “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica:
CHeck out this rendition of “Redbone Melody” by Childish Gambino:
Image: YouTube / Madison Calley