Madisyn Gifford Releases Single “Dancing On This Line” During BPD Awareness Month
Recording artist and songwriter Madisyn Gifford has found herself drawn to music just about her whole life. Gifford began singing as soon as she started talking; growing up, she found musical inspiration through iconic artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Taylor Swift, and The Cranberries. Now, at 21 years old, Gifford has a rapidly rising indie-pop career and has amassed over 235k streams on Spotify. Since the debut release of her single “Without You”, Gifford has made multiple appearances on some of Spotify’s top playlists -including It’s a Bop and Indie-Pop and Chill.
While Gifford has continued to succeed in her career, the young artist has been incredibly open about her struggles with mental illness and the toll that it has taken on her. Gifford is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a disorder that can greatly impact the affected person’s thought patterns and self-perception -causing problems with functioning in everyday life. BPD can result in self-image issues, difficulty managing behavior and emotions, as well as patterns of unstable relationships. To highlight BPD Awareness Month, Gifford released her single “Dancing on This Line” on May 6th.
“Throughout the song I explore issues with my own identity as well as controlling my moods, dealing with food issues, turbulent relationships, and feeling unequipped to handle it all,” explains Gifford. “These are some of the things that people with BPD grapple with often and although putting all of these vulnerabilities out there for anyone to hear is more than slightly terrifying for me, if it can help even just one person who is going through similar things to feel seen and validated it is more than worth it.
The song itself is beautifully vulnerable, with lyrics and performance by Gifford and production by Jared Manierka and Colin Janz. “Dancing On This Line” is carried by Gifford’s emotional vocal performance, leaving you with goosebumps and a heavy heart. The song’s production is intricate yet humble, making it the perfect avenue to feature Gifford’s astounding voice.
You can keep up with Madisyn Gifford and her upcoming projects on streaming platforms such as Spotify and YouTube.