watch me perform “unbreakable” live on young hollywood
#Unbreakable video is hereee
Let’s face it. Life can be tough sometimes… really tough. As teenagers, we experience a lot of different obstacles and barriers that appear on what seems like a daily basis. There are amazingly positive moments and horribly discouraging setbacks. But we keep moving forward.
My name is Madison, and I’m a recording artist. In 2012, I posted a series of YouTube videos singing covers of my favorites artists. The videos started getting a lot of views, and I suddenly found myself in the spotlight. It was a crazy couple of months, and I couldn’t be happier that people were appreciating what I loved to do. It was a dream come true, but it’s one that has come with obstacles.
Soon after posting the covers, I started getting really mean comments on YouTube, Twitter, and other social media platforms. People wrote comments like,“fake,” “slut,” even telling me to kill myself, and they were sent to me pretty regularly. I couldn’t understand why people hated me when they never met me. The first time I logged on and saw some of these angry comments, my entire body went numb. People say that words are only words, but I was only 12 years old, and every. single. word. hurt. It felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. Why did they hate me? Because I didn’t look like them? I didn’t sound like them? I didn’t pretend to be what they wanted me to be? But what could I do? I put on a smile and pretended to ignore them, but I’m not going to lie…it hurt. It still does. At times, it felt like the walls were closing in on me…I felt like I deserved the hate.
I kept my sadness hidden for a while. In music, people expect you to be perfect at all times. It’s just the way it is, I guess. “Put on a smile and deal with it,” they say. You’re supposed to talk a certain way, look a certain way, act a certain way… and it was the same way at school. Play the role that is expected of you or else we will hate you.
Recently, the hateful comments have gotten worse. Rumors swirl, and people tease. Fortunately, I am learning that it’s okay to talk about my feelings. My family and the people closest to me have been extremely supportive, but it’s an uphill battle. Talking to my younger brother has helped me. He is a great listener, and he has allowed me to express myself freely and talk about ourlives and how we can become better people. It’s not always easy, but it helps. I often use my music to explain how I feel, and that has been a great outlet for me.
I’ll leave you with this…don’t be afraid to be who you are. Try your best not to become the person who spreads hate online. Spread joy and happiness, peace and love. When times get tough, don’t be afraid to find someone and ask for help. We are all in this together. Let’s support each other.
here’s the artwork for Unbreakable!! june 17th
Italian friends, be sure to pick up the March 2014 issue of Glamour Italia to check out my special feature!Read More
I’m going to do a “We Are Monster High” CD giveaway on Twitter starting at 1 PM PST! Follow me @MadisonElleBeer for a chance to win 1 of 13 signed CDs!
Take a behind-the-scenes peek at the new Monster High music video!
It was such a fun shoot and everyone involved was great.
Can’t wait for you guys to see it!
Be sure to pick up January’s edition of Marie Claire to see me in the magazine’s “Next Generation” feature!Read More
I recently had the most amazing opportunity to perform “Melodies” FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER at the Ralph Lauren Girls Fashion Show. This moment was everything that I had ever dream of, and more:) … but I have to admit, I was crazy nervous, lol.
The event took place on Long Island so a lot of my family was able to come and support me. The actual fashion show was SOOO fun. The age of the models ranged from 5 – 14 and all of them were wonderful, outgoing, and adorable. I absolutely loved the leopard printed shoes that some of the girls wore on the runway… omg, they were all just ridiculously cute.
Once the fashion show ended, we headed over to the stage for my performance. It was so fun and exciting to be on stage and performing “Melodies” for the first time. Since I can remember, I would always close my eyes and imagine myself performing on stage, so this was truly a dream come true. You can see some great shots of both my performance of Melodies and the fashion show in the video above. Hope you guys like it!
“Melodies” will be available on iTunes and the official music video will be on VEVO on September 12th! xoxoRead More
I just got back from Milan and Capri in Italy with my grandma, aunt, uncle, and 2 cousins and it was AMAZING. I can’t even explain how beautiful it was… I should’ve just packed all of you in my suitcase and brought you with me.
Capri was prob my fave place, as it has a very cool and unique culture – the food, the music, the style, everything. My favorite part of the whole trip was definitely swimming in the Green Gotto. Absolutely stunning.
I love traveling and meeting new people, especially from different countries… and extra especially if they have fun accents – so this trip was particularly great for me.
It was also enjoyable to spend time with my extended family. Family is everything to me, so I cherish anytime I get to hang with them for a long time. I was sad to have to say goodbye to Italy and some of my fam, but it was such a cool experience and hopefully I’ll get to go back one day.Read More
I recently went to a flea market with my mom while I was in LA. I’ve only been once before, but never really bought anything. This time, however, I got a bunch of super cute things. AHH! I’m so happy. Some of my faves were:
- High-waisted shorts
- A cool looking watch
- A new vase for my room (did I tell you I’m redoing my room?!)
My favorite part of the whole experience was walking around and seeing the endless amounts of original stuff that nobody else really has… all for pretty cheap! I even got to bargain with some of the vendors (which is actually really kind of fun).
Some of the most interesting things being sold were vinyl records. I think that records have a cool ‘timeless’ feel to them with a richer sound than what you usually hear on your iPods. BUT back to the flea market…
Here’s a tip – you should wear a skirt when you go thrift/flea market shopping because you can just slip shorts on underneath to try on if there’s no dressing room… at least that’s what I did and I got these AMAZING shorts that I’m totally in love with.
With any great shopping day, it’s just as much about the experience and company than it is about what you find. I had such a fun day with mom and hopefully I’ll be able to go back soon:)Read More
Check out my “Meet Madison” page on the Monster High website!
“Monster High” is such a fun song to sing and dance along to… and now you can learn the official choreography! Chachi Gonzalez (who I’m obsessed with tbh) made a dance tutorial video and you can watch it here. Show us your dance moves and enter for a chance to be in the new music video!
Totally going to attempt to learn this dance and you should too! I’m not sure how well this is gonna go, but at least I’m gonna try:)Read More
One of the things that every kid AND adult must do when they are in California is visit Disneyland. I recently got to go with my mom and friend Tatiana and it was probably one of the most amazing days ever.
I hated roller coasters. Like a lot. BUT, Tatiana really loves them so after some convincing, I decided to give it a try. After what felt like an eternity (THE SUSPENSE!), we finally hopped on the roller coaster, Space Mountain, and I was ready for anything. Crazily enough, it turns that that I actually LOVE rollercoasters. The ride was so cool and fun.
The rest of the day turned out to be great as well. I think my favorite ride was the California Screamin’ in California Adventure. It’s an ‘upside-down’ roller coaster and Tati and I sat FRONT ROW! I think I am addicted to roller coasters now because we went on another 3 times. It was just that incredible… unfortunately, 4 times on a roller coaster that goes upside down also makes you feel a little bit dizzy; but we shook it off:)
We also checked out the Toy Story ride and a few others. I’ll admit that we did pass by the Tower of Terror, but my confidence was all used up on the roller coasters. Maybe next time.
Ugh, just writing this recap makes me want to go back now. It’s that much fun! Is anyone planning to go this summer? What ride are you looking forward to the most?Read More
Can we talk about the Billboard Music Awards? Omg. My friend Alli and I watched it at her house and loved every second of it! Let’s start off with Chris Brown’s performance… probably my FAVE of the night, for sure. He sounded good, but his dance moves were great. I so wish I could do some of those moves. *sigh*
Taylor Swift’s performance was ADORABLE. 22 is such a jam… and that unicorn shirt? Who else but Taylor could ever pull that off? My favorite part was definitely the booty shake (LOL). I always love her performances, so hopefully I’ll be able to see her on tour this summer!
I would say the craziest part of the night was definitely when Miguel accidentally fell on that girl! That was so scary, but luckily she was okay. He even tweeted about her later, which was so cute. What a good guy. I still love him and his incredible voice.
I had such a fun time watching with my friends and checking out some of the best artists in music that I look up to. It was a cool and inspiring way to start the week off right:)Read More
I am totally still in Mother’s Day mode, guys, so I wanted to tell you about how I spent it with my mom. My father and brother surprised my mom and I and flew to LA for the weekend. It was so incredible. I got to hang out with the fam for the majority of the time, OH, and we went to our family friend’s house where they had the most ADORABLE little twin boys. I can’t even explain to you how cute they are… you absolutely must watch my Vines and Keeks immediately to see them. I die.
But anyway, I am so grateful for my mom and everything she does for me. She has the biggest heart ever and is so selfless and amazing. I am lucky that she cares so much about me and make sure that I am on the right track in everything I do. An added bonus is that not only is she my mom, but also my best friend. I can always count on her to make me smile and laugh.
I really hope that she had a great time this Mother’s Day because she really deserves the best. I appreciate every little thing she does for me:)Read More
There is something about Southern California that makes you want to skateboard. I am not sure if it’s the warm air, sunny climate, or the laidback vibe, but something has inspired me to pick up a board and ride.
When I first started looking, I had no idea what kind of board to choose. The choices ranged from ‘trick board’ to ‘relaxed cruiser.’ After talking to a couple of my friends who already skate, I landed on a Penny Skateboard. These boards are small and super cute, kind of a throwback to the boards of the 1970’s. This style of board has a smooth ride (like a surfboard) that is perfect for cruising around and exploring new neighborhoods. The small size of the board allows me to take it almost everywhere I go, (I’m kind of obsessed) so I have been lucky enough to practice pretty much constantly.
My favorite spot to skate out here is the Venice Boardwalk. The long and smooth path allows you to ride right along the beach and go super fast. There’s even a skate park at one end of the path. I am not that good yet, so I usually just watch the boys do tricks while attempting to not crash into anything. OMG, can I tell you?! I fell SOO hard the other day… I busted up my knee pretty bad and now I have a huge cut. Oh well, it looks kind of cool rn. Battle scar:(
Despite a few bumps and bruises, skating is so much fun and a great summer activity. I guarantee that once you grab a board and give it a try, you will be hooked.Read More
I recently returned back to LA after a fun filled trip to NY. I was so sad to say bye to all my family and friends, but luckily I got to watch an awesome movie on the plane – “This is 40.”
Along with being absolutely hysterical, “The is 40” is a perfectly emotional and surprisingly relatable comedy. That’s right, a 14-year girl can relate to a movie about adults turning 40 years old. There is a great dynamic between the parents and their daughters as they find themselves in some super funny and awkward situations. Oh, and I just found out that the two girls in the movie are actually the lead character’s real-life daughters. How cool is that?!
To sum up the movie in one sentence, it’s about a dysfunctional family that goes through growing pains when both parents experience a midlife crisis. It sounds super adultish, but the characters handle their issues in hilarious ways. One of my favorite scenes was when the older sister had a minor panic attack when she had “nothing to wear” and her younger sister teased her for the ridiculous outburst. I definitely can relate to this feeling…not to mention that my little brother Ryder is also pretty skilled at angering me when there’s simply nothing to wear.
I would totally check this movie out, even if you aren’t a 40 year old adult having a crisis. If you love comedies (like moi), this is perfect for a Friday night sleepover. I think it deserves to be on “Madison’s favorite movies of all time list.”Read More
My little brother Ryder turned 11 today! That’s so crazy… I’m literally crying. Unfortunately, 11-year-old boys aren’t the easiest to shop for, so I had absolutely no idea what I was going to get him for his birthday.
I sadly don’t live with him at the moment, so I wanted to get him something memorable that he can love and cherish. All he wants for his birthday is money so he can play Minecraft (LOL), but I wanted to give him something a little more meaningful. Since I’m visiting back home in New York, I asked my dad to take me to the local craft store (Michaels), because it’s super close and I LOVE it. I bought a big rectangular canvas, Mod Podge, letters that spell out R Y D E R, and a paintbrush.
First, I printed out dozens of cute pictures of Ryder and glued them to the canvas. Next, I slathered a thick layer of Mod Podge all over the page. Mod Podge initially appears white, but when it dries, it leaves your work of art glossy and clear! I love that stuff….
After waiting for the Mod Podge to dry, which seemed like an eternity (1.5 hours), I took the letters, spaced them out, and glued them down with “the podge.” My gluing skills still need a bit of work, however, as I put them on a little slanted…oops! Lastly, I printed out pictures of basketballs from the Interwebs to fill the empty spaces.
Do it yourself projects like this are a blast! I had so much fun making this project for Ryder and I really hope he loves it:)Read More
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to visit my grandma (Nana) in Arizona! Coming from LA, the flight was only about an hour long. It was super short and easy, but I loved that I had an amazing view of the mountains from my window seat. I couldn’t wait to get to my Nana’s!
After landing at around 4 PM, we went straight to my grandma’s – who, btw, is the cutest. It was amazing to spend time with her and reconnect. Being able to hang out and hear stories from different generations was uplifting and inspiring. Both Nana and my mom mean so much to me and I love hearing about their life experiences. My Nana’s partner, Marshall, was great too. He is so sweet and funny.
My favorite moment of the trip, BY FAR, was giving Nana a new iPad. I had to sit down with her to teach her all of the functions. At first, she was a little rocky, but she finally came around. Now she is loving everything about it. It’s always funny teaching adults about new technology. Haha.
All in all, it was a fun and family-filled weekend in the desert. It was sad to say goodbye to Nana and her iPad antics, but hopefully I can go back soon. She hasn’t stopped FaceTime-ing me since!Read More
On Sunday, I had a great time watching the MTV Movie Awards with my mom. The show was hosted by the hysterical Rebel Wilson and she was amazing. I was so happy when MTV opened with a performance by the cast of Pitch Perfect. They were really good. The movie is def one of my favorites, so please come out with Pitch Perfect 2, NOW.
In addition, it was SO funny when Jonah Hill did a skit about Emma Watson. He made a joke about how the two of them were gonna do the 50 Shades of Grey movie together – I WAS DYING. On top of that, I am so glad that Emma won the Trailblazer Award. She gave a speech that was meaningful and true, “if you truly pour your heart into what you believe in — even if it makes you vulnerable — amazing things can and will happen.”
Finally, they FINALLY showed the new trailer for Hunger Games Catching Fire and it looked really cool! I liked the first movie a lot so I think I’m gonna love the sequel!
Anyways, I really enjoyed the awards this year. Congrats to everyone that won and performed. It seemed like everyone at the show was grateful to be there and enjoyed themselves and that made me smile:)Read More
OMG! The season finale was on and I missed it – of course, ugh. BUT, luckily I watched it with my friend the next day and I’m finally caught up. AAHHH, where do I even start?!
First, let me say that this show is my all time fave. I love how it’s a mystery, and a drama, AND a comedy all in one. The fashion on the show always gives me ideas for cute outfits to rock… especially Hanna’s & Aria’s style.
Let’s just change the subject for a sec… I WAS SO CONVINCED WHO -A WAS AND THEN THE FINALE THREW ME OFF LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE. I always thought something was up with Melissa…and now they proved me RIGHT. She is definitely a part of the “A team.” At first I thought she was “red coat”, but now I have a feeling that Alison is…and she’s still alive.
UGH, I could go on for hours. IT WAS SO GOOD. I’m so upset that it’s not gonna be back on until June, though. This show is ridiculous!!! If you haven’t watched it, don’t tell ANYONE what happens! Keep your secrets…secret.
“Because if two can’t keep a secret then one of them is dead.”