Maddie Poppe

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Madeline Mae "Maddie" Poppe (born December 5, 1997) is an American singer-songwriter and the winner of season 16 of American Idol. She is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, piano, and ukulele. Prior to winning American Idol, Poppe released a debut album titled Songs from the Basement. In 2016, she had also auditioned for The Voice.

Early life and career

She was born to Trent and Tonya Poppe in Clarksville, a small town of around 1,500 people in Iowa. She is a 2016 graduate of Clarksville High School. She attended Iowa Central Community College and then went to Hawkeye Community College, both in Iowa. HCC is closer to her home. Her father is a musician and guitarist. During the finale American Idol showed her performing five songs with her father as well as singing Amazing Grace. She used to perform in with her father Trent and his band at Pioneer Days; one song they sang was Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N' Roses. Poppe performed in local talent shows with her sister. She got her start performing at the Butler County Fairgrounds in Allison, Iowa. Poppe had also been a stagehand setting up equipment for musicians at the county fair. Poppe released her first album Songs from the Basement in June 2016, the same month she opened for Diamond Rio at the fair.

Her father was amazed to come home one day and find that townspeople had power washed his house and mowed the family's yard. "I still haven't got it in my head yet, the size of this... I love being from Clarksville," he said.

Recently she talked about not wanting to settle for things she didn't like to do. She said she was in class writing songs instead of concentrating on her classwork. She remarked, "I was trying to get gigs while I was supposed to be paying attention to a lecture." More than fame Poppe is looking for career longevity and the enjoyment of being in music and performing.

Kim Reynolds, Governor of Iowa, declared May 20th "Maddie Poppe Day" in Iowa.


The Voice

Prior to Idol, she auditioned to The Voice in 2015. The program aired on NBC on February 29, 2016 in season 10 of the show. She sang "Dog Days Are Over" from [[Florence + the Machine]], but none of the judges (who were Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton) turned their chairs and she was eliminated. Despite her elimination, Clarksville honored her with a city event at the Clarksville Library.

American Idol

She auditioned for season 16 of the American Idol on ABC. In an audition held in New York, she sang "Rainbow Connection". Judge Lionel Richie said she had a "storytelling voice" and that "we need you in this show". Katy Perry said she had a "distinctive quality in your voice" and Luke Bryan said "I'm not critiquing you, 'cause you got me, I'm saying yes." During the Top 24 stage, she sang "Brand New Key", and for her celebrity duet performance, she sang "Bubbly" with Colbie Caillat.

Her performance in the live shows included "Homeward Bound", "Walk Like an Egyptian", "The Bare Necessities", "Nothing Compares 2 U" , "If It Makes You Happy", "I Told You So", and "God Only Knows".

During the May 20th finale, she performed "Landslide", her original song "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up" and her winners' single "Going Going Gone", which was written by Mitch Allan, Lindy Robbins and Julia Michaels. On the results show broadcast on May 21, she was declared the winner, with Caleb Lee Hutchinson as runner-up and Gabby Barrett in third. During the final, the runner-up Caleb declared that he and Maddie were dating.

Poppe will perform at a free concert on August 25, 2018 at a farmers market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 10 of Soul is also appearing.

Performance results

Episode Theme Song Choice Original Artist Order Number Result
Audition Auditioner"?s Choice "Rainbow Connection" Kermit the Frog N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 Contestant's Choice "Dreams" Brandi Carlile N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Mama's Broken Heart" Miranda Lambert N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Contestant"?s Choice "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up" Herself N/A Advanced
Showcase Round/Top 50 Contestant"?s Choice "Me and Bobby McGee" Kris Kristofferson N/A Advanced
Top 24 Solo/Duet Contestant"?s Choice Solo "Brand New Key" Melanie 3 Advanced
Duet "Bubbly" (with Colbie Caillat) Colbie Caillat 3
Top 14 Contestant"?s Choice "Homeward Bound" Simon & Garfunkel 10 Safe
Victory Song "Walk Like an Egyptian" The Bangles 1
Top 10 Disney "The Bare Necessities" (from The Jungle Book) Phil Harris 1 Safe
Top 7 Prince "Nothing Compares 2 You" Sinad O"?Connor 7 Safe
Year of Birth "If It Makes You Happy" Sheryl Crow 13
Top 5 Carrie Underwood "I Told You So" Randy Travis 5 Safe
Mother"?s Day Songs "God Only Knows" The Beach Boys 10
Finale Winner's Single "Going Going Gone" Herself 3 Winner
Reprise Song "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up" Herself 6
Hometown Dedication "Landslide" Fleetwood Mac 9



Title Details Track List
Songs From the Basement
  • Release Date: June 20, 2016
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: compact disc, digital download
  1. "I Don't Care To Belong" (2:25)
  2. "The Reason" (3:24)
  3. "Ooh Nah Nah" (3:11)
  4. "More Than Friends" (3:23)
  5. "Things I'd Rather Do" (2:45)
  6. "You Stole My Heart" (4:00)
  7. "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up" (4:36)


  • 2018: "Going Going Gone"

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