Middle school can be a tough transitional period for any kid. Boca Raton-based musician Maggie Baugh decided to write a song about it.
The 13-year-old Boca Raton Community Middle School student demonstrates impressive musical chops and wisdom far beyond her years.
“I was bullied many times before I came to Boca Middle,” Maggie said. “I wanted to write a song to send a message to other kids that if you keep your head up and don’t give into it, you’ll be fine. Middle school is just a passage of life.”
Maggie filmed the video for her song “Middle School” with her friends at Boca Middle School and videographer Heather Chavez. Her debut album, “Only Good Things,” was recorded at Eagle Canyon Music in Tennessee and produced by Steve Thomas.
Playing fiddle for the past seven years and venturing into guitar, piano and songwriting for the past three years, Maggie says singing country music was something she feels she was born to do.
“When I started singing, I realized I had a yodel in my voice naturally,” Maggie said. “And I love playing the fiddle. It has such a unique sound.”
Maggie cites Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, fellow Boca Raton fiddle player Amber Leigh and country singer Caroline Kole as her main musical inspirations.
She spends a good portion of her time practicing fiddle, guitar and writing new songs at home, but Maggie is also a typical 13-year-old girl -- hanging out with her friends, hitting the skate park at Loggers’ Run, scrapbooking and riding her bike.
She also hopes to be a positive role model for her peers. “Kids need to have songs from artists they can relate to,” Maggie said.
Although Maggie continues to perform locally at fairs, festivals and other events, she dreams of one day stepping on stage at the nation’s premiere country music venue in her cowboy boots.
“I hope to have my name out there as an artist one day,” Maggie said. “My dream is to play the Grand Ole Opry. To look out at the crowd must be the most incredible feeling.”
While she hasn’t hit the Opry yet, Maggie did have a brush with many famous faces of country music on a cruise she took in January. Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry were some of the many artists on board.
Even though Adkins left the cruise early to attend rehab after a relapse of alcoholism, Maggie said meeting Adkins was a completely positive experience. “Getting to go on this country music cruise was one of the highlights of my life,” she said. “I met Trace, and he was the nicest guy to me. I got to play my fiddle on stage twice with Neal McCoy, and my CDs sold out in the gift shop on the cruise. I went on the cruise as a normal person and came off feeling like a superstar!”
For more on her upcoming shows and where to find her music, visit MaggieBaugh.com.