Madison McFerrin is an independent singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York, with a distinctive "soul-appella" sound.

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Madison McFerrin is a singer-songwriter and producer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her critically acclaimed a cappella EP series, Finding Foundations: Vol. I, led Questlove to dub her sound "soul-appella." After garnering praise as a Pitchfork Rising Artist and making her debut at South by Southwest (SXSW), she mesmerized crowds on her debut US and European tours with a powerful one-woman show. Her SXSW performance led legendary KCRW DJ Anne Litt to remark, "there's some sort of joy and beauty in the way that she performs that really drew me in all that much more."

McFerrin's latest project, the You + I EP, expands upon her a cappella sound by pairing her timeless voice with modern production by her brother, Taylor McFerrin. The combination has proven effective: the COLORS debut of the lead single "TRY" has racked up more than one million views. Since it's release in December 2019, You + I has continued to impress listeners with The FADER noting how McFerrin's "warm harmonies feel effortless" and AFROPUNK highlighting how "lush production and instrumentation accompany her angelic voice."

Despite cancellation of her return to SXSW due to the COVID-19 pandemic, McFerrin has continued to create during quarantine. Via Bandcamp, she has released timely new music such as "Stay TF Inside," which was featured on VICE News, and she debuted her first foray into beatmaking with "We'll Be Okay Beat Pack."

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Impact: A day of talks in partnership with DWEN

March 11, 2021

Everything you do boils down to impact. Whether personal or professional, you build, design and imagine in pursuit of creating lasting change for the wider world. So, how do you make it happen? At TED Salon: Impact, a virtual event presented by TED and Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN), four speakers and one performer explored […]

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Raise your voice: Notes from Session 2 of TEDWomen 2020

November 12, 2020

Diversity of ideas is more important now than ever. Session 2 of TEDWomen 2020 — hosted by poet Aja Monet, who gave a dazzling talk at TEDWomen 2018 — featured a dynamic range of talks and performances from some of the world’s most extraordinary risk-takers and innovators. Music: From the stoop of her brownstone, singer-songwriter Madison […]

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Join us for TEDWomen 2020: Fearless on November 12

October 23, 2020

TEDWomen 2020 is nearly here! The day-long conference will take place on November 12 via TED’s new virtual conference platform. TEDWomen attendees will experience TED’s signature talks as well as an array of live, interactive sessions, community “idea dates,” small-group speaker Q&As and more. The talks featured in the program have been developed in collaboration […]

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