#PopularPlay: Savannah Maddison
Jul 7, 2020
Put-a-finger-down challenge. Ready? Go.
Put a finger down if you’re a published author.
Put a finger down if you’re an award-winning philanthropist.
Put a finger down if you’re a CAA country-pop artist.
Put a finger down if you’re a successful social media influencer.
Put a finger down if you accomplished all of this at 19-years-old.
You lost? Me too. Savannah Maddison wins.
If it isn’t already obvious, Savannah is taking the world by storm. By the age of ten, she founded “Savannah’s Soldiers,” an organization that sent over 350,000 letters of encouragement to deployed service members, written by students across the country. Last year, Savannah published her first book, Sincerely: You, Letter Writing to Change the World, and continues to collect an impressive number of fans and followers (known as the #Safannah Army) across social media platforms. Seriously, what can’t this girl accomplish?
Today, she is currently signed with the Creative Arts Agency and making music-moves in Nashville, Tennessee. Popular had the chance to speak with Savannah about her remarkable career and her two latest singles, “More Than a Rumor” and “If You Can.”
1. Congrats on your most recent singles, “More Than a Rumor” and “If You Can.” Can you tell us the story behind these two songs?
Thank you so much! Both songs talk about different past relationships of mine and how they began. “If You Can” features more of a whirlwind, fast-paced relationship story. ‘More Than a Rumor” is about a flirtier start where everyone is talking about the two people before they’re together. I hope listeners can relate to both storylines.
2. Speaking of writing, what is a song you wish you had written?
If you haven’t heard “Burning House” by Cam, you have to listen to it! The lyrics are beautiful and simply written. I also love the guitar melody in it. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs of all time.
3. You were set for “The Elevation Tour” this summer! What city or venue were you most looking forward to?
I was really looking forward to playing The Gramercy in New York, but we had to reschedule for the safety of the fans because of the pandemic. We are definitely looking at options for rescheduling and will have more announcements soon! `
4. You wrote a book titled “Sincerely: YOU, Letter Writing to Change the World,” encouraging youth to start their own movements and service projects. Why do you think it’s important for them to speak up and get involved?
I think it’s important for children to know that there is no such thing as being too young to make a difference. I was ten years old when I started a small service project that would eventually grow to change the world. I want to empower others to believe in themselves and be an example that there is no limit to what you can do when you set your mind to it.
5. You also started “Savannah’s Soldiers,” which sends letters to deployed troops. What prompted you to start this, and what has been your biggest accomplishment with it?
When my best friend’s father was deployed during my fifth-grade year (2012), I knew that she was experiencing something difficult. I decided to start a movement to collect letters of encouragement for her dad and the soldiers underneath him. I didn’t expect for it to grow into a national 501c3 organization at all! I’m super proud to say that I’ve been able to share the story of growth with over 1,000,000 kids across the country, and we have sent over 350,000 letters to deployed military. Our team is absolutely wanting to continue this project until every deployed military member comes home!