At 11 years old, multitalented musical prodigy Madison Taylor Baez has already achieved feats that most people only dream of doing—and she’s just getting started.
From playing “Young Selena Quintanilla” on Netflix’s Selena: The Series and starring in Showtime's new series “Let The Right One In”, premiering in October, to making judges’ jaws drop with her powerhouse vocals on America’s Got Talent, this Yorba Linda native’s future is paved with promise.
Although Madison is having the time of her (young) life doing what she loves, it’s who she loves that provides her with all the inspiration she needs to reach for the stars.
Her father, Chris Baez, has been battling stage four colon cancer for the last nine years. Madison honed her vocal talent while singing to her father throughout his numerous surgeries, chemotherapy treatments, and recovery periods.
Chris credits Madison’s magical voice—and their unbreakable bond—with giving him the strength to keep fighting the disease and for feeling as strong as he does today.
He now manages Madison’s burgeoning career, a task he firmly believes is responsible for his continued progress—and one that certainly keeps him busy.
Madison has appeared in numerous national TV commercials, performed the National Anthem for a slew of sold-out stadiums and arenas across California, and appeared on Kids Say the Darndest Things, which garnered Madison a standing ovation for her performance of Beyoncé’s song “Listen.”
An appearance on FOX’s new show Game of Talents once again brought Madison’s amazing abilities to light as she wowed viewers with a spine-tingling, soulful take on “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
Her role in Selena: The Series also earned her rave reviews. In addition to being the only cast member to use her own vocals, Madison sang beautifully in both English and Spanish.
Fate intervened again recently when Madison, a superfan of America’s Got Talent, was plucked out of the show’s audience after captivating the crowd—and judges—with her rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
Her second, on-stage performance that followed earned her the Golden Buzzer—an automatic advancement to the next round.
Of her life-changing audition, Madison recalls, "It really felt like I was living my dream—I was filled with excitement! I've been watching the show ever since I can remember. It's always been my lifelong dream, and it finally came true.”
It’s safe to say the only thing that rivals Madison’s tremendous talent is her selfless spirit.
What does she plan to do if she takes home the show’s $1 million grand prize? To help her dad, of course. She also hopes to motivate others to pursue their passions.
“I'm most excited to share my voice with everyone that needs it,” she says. “My main goal has always been to inspire other kids to follow their dreams, so I'm really excited to be able to do that now."
Be sure to tune in for the 17th season of America’s Got Talent, airing August 10th, to see Yorba Linda’s very own shining star take the stage—and the world—by storm.