Texan singer/songwriter Madelyn Brené fuses classical opera and R&B into a luscious, vulnerable slow jam “Warm Up To You.”
The song’s concept is one of being reluctantly open to a new relationship. Over the sultry R&B track (produced by Erskine Hawkins and vocal production by Britney Holmes), Brené’s warm vocals express the feeling of heart-giving hesitation. Perhaps the freshest, most distinctive trait of this song is Brené’s operatic vocals.
“I wanted to write a song and inspire a new genre that merges my favorite elements of music,” Madelyn explained. “[Hawkins and Holmes] both understood the timbre in my voice and the direction of my music and sound. I wanted to marry the dramatic flair of opera with soul and hip hop inspiration. I was inspired by cinematic themes like the movie Fifth Element, the dramatic sound of the orchestra and sultriness of soul. My upcoming project and recordings are all moving in this innovative direction, and it’s both exciting and fulfilling.”
She continued “‘Warm Up to You’ is a song that represents the ability to fully trust new beginnings in life. Warming up to and being comfortable with an idea, a person or even an idea after heartache, pain or disappointment is not easy to do. This composition represents the preliminary stage of trust. It fully represents my journey as an artist and a woman to trust myself, my love and my music.”
Madelyn Brené has had the opportunity to serve as a backup vocalist for some of the world’s most renowned recording artists and performers such as Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Kenny Latimore, Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, Jennifer Holiday, and many more.
As an actress and opera singer, Madelyn has performed as the “2nd Lady” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) at the Almafi Coast Music Festival in Naples, Italy, and portrayed the roles of Yvette in scenes from Puccini’s La Rondine, and Carla in scenes from Maury Yeston’s Nine at the Vocal Arts Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.