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Maddye Trew Debuts First Radio Single “Long Gone John” with Fifth Most Added on MusicRow Chart

Grease-Inspired Music Video Celebrates Friendship with a Sparkling Take on a Breakup

Photograph: Haley Hogan | Nomad Soul Photography, Design: Lindsey Parrish

(Nashville, TN – April 25, 2023) – Rising country singer/songwriter Maddye Trew is celebrating her introduction to radio as “Long Gone John,” her first single to be sent to radio, was greeted as the fifth most added release among MusicRow stations across the country in its first week.


Mike Thomas, program director for KFAV-FM in Warrenton, MO, was quick to offer his praise for the refreshing new tune. “Maddye offers up a great debut single that’s got the sass of a Loretta Lynn classic with a catchy and cool hook for today’s country radio fans,” said Thomas.


Written by Trew along with the song’s producer, Troy Castellano, and Jeff McMahon (Tim McGraw/Chris Cagle), the song was always intended as an ode to friendship, specifically to the girls she grew up with – the ones that were always there for each other when the boys fell short. “I was always a shoulder to cry on for my friends,” said Trew, reflectively. “I love that; I LOVE my friends. And I love when they’ve been there for me. That’s what this song is about for me ­— and Jeff and Troy really helped me nail that message.”


The accompanying music video which premiered on CMT, a Grease-inspired homage to the Pink Ladies “Sandra Dee” scene, highlights the spirited charm that Maddye carries onstage and is the essence of her intent for the song. “All of my ‘Pink Ladies’ are girlfriends of mine in Nashville. We are all artists that support each other whenever we can, and together they represent the girls I grew up with as well. Even the the Pink Ladies from the film didn’t get along, but they still supported each other. That’s everything to me.”


Well, not quite everything. Performing LIVE — that is where Maddye Trew is most at home. She recently was invited to perform “Long Gone John” on television – Jimmy Bowen and Friends. It was there that she met the celebrated and multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Carolyn Dawn Johnson, also a guest on the show. When asked about the young up-and-comer, CDJ shared her appreciation for the promising new talent: “I’ve been around Maddye several times, and her sweet spirit, work ethic and dedication to her artistry is admirable; I support talented ‘dreamchasers!’”


Chasing it she is, and Maddye is having the time of her life. With a first visit as an artist to the 2024 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, upcoming radio station visits, and a lovely launch to this new adventure, her light continues to brighten. 


To learn more about Maddye Trew, her music, and upcoming shows, visit her WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitterSpotify, and YouTube.


“Long Gone John” Official Music Video – Directed & Produced by Randy Shaffer | Vibe Entertainment Group


Born in Memphis, Maddye Trew has left footprints all across west Tennessee, having lived in Dyersburg, Camden, and ultimately finding her way back to Memphis from where she graduated high school. She first took to the stage – (the hearth of her grandfather’s fireplace) – performing Shania Twain covers for her family. She sang “Walkin’ After Midnight” at the historic Strand Theatre at the age of ten, took on numerous roles in a variety of high school musical productions while a student at Tipton Rosemark Academy, and eventually headed to Nashville to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in commercial music from Belmont University. Having continued to grow as an artist and songwriter since graduation, Trew celebrated her debut single release, “Only Sometimes,” in December of 2020. She followed up with the traditional bent of “That’s the Lonely Talkin’” and has been invited to share her talents in many songwriter venues including the Listening Room, Nashville hotspot The Local, and the legendary Bluebird Café. Trew has also served as an opening act at the famous Nashville Palace, opened for both Jim Brown and hitmaker John Schneider (“Bo Duke” from Dukes of Hazzard) and most recently performed before Academy of Country Music Award Winner Justin Moore at the Southern Grand Slam Festival in Port Charlotte, Florida.