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“TRY” | Madison McFerrin

Visit to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. From her stoop in Brooklyn, singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin shares her experience singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016 — a moment that pushed her to become her best self — and performs “TRY,” a song…

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From her stoop in Brooklyn, singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin shares her experience singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016 — a moment that pushed her to become her best self — and performs “TRY,” a song she wrote about chasing your dreams despite what others say.

The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You’re welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know.

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62 Comments

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    Emin3nt Productions

    January 8, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    I very rarely dislike a music, yet I listen from classical to psytrance hitech everything. But this just annoys me, not your voice, just the entire composition sucks for me, But the message is great try 😉 .

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    Kierra Aubrie

    January 8, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Awesome 😍💋 💝💖♥️❤️

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    Lindsay Burgess

    January 8, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Beautiful 😍❤ way to come back from the criticism. Love these vibes 🙏🏽

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    mackarrest *

    January 8, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    I think it’s amazing that she was able to have the confidence in herself to not only keep doing what she loves but put it out into the world again
    It really was super inspiring thank you so much

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    Matheus Caetano

    January 8, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    K

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    Rhiannon N

    January 8, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    ❤❤❤

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    Vyes The Victorious Boy

    January 8, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    That song is such a bop! I danced the whole time. Forget all them people who hating on you, because clearly they’re unable to discern good music.

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    Paul Arnold

    January 8, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Gorgeous

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    Petunia

    January 8, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Wow, just…wow.

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    Robert Klauco

    January 8, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    There’s a saying – whatever doesn’t kill you will make you stronger (or stranger if you’re fan of Dark Knight). You have beautiful voice.

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    V WG

    January 8, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Nice 👍

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    Der Hobby Photograph

    January 8, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Wow 😍

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    Stephen Catton

    January 8, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Ther is more than one version?

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    True Crime Queen TV

    January 8, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    LOVE THESE KINDS OF VIDEOS! STAY SAFE EVERYONE 🙏😇

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    Simon Seabi

    January 8, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Beautiful. Check out her performance on Colors and rediscover synaesthesia.

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    Hudson Crhonos

    January 8, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    I know her because of Carole & Tuesday. Milkway is my favorite song of the show

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    Y Singh

    January 8, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    I needed this today!

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    Tacit Tern

    January 8, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Just as individuals need time to heal…. because its an active effort; so do Nation-States.

    Trump was objectively the worst president in American history; he was a nonstop national embarrassment, and a constant security concern.

    Btw, what happened at the Capitol was just plain unAmerican; those rioters weren’t patriots, and their behavior was definitely that of misguided individuals…..who are clearly of touch with reality.

    After the military my perception of being a Citizen and the responsibility of being one resonated with me quite a bit. And i feel as if I have a vested interest, having put skin in the game.

    That being said….. I highly recommend people taking the time to watch the livestream of our own government on C-SPAN; to see and hear for one’s self, what’s said and done….without spin or biases of MSM.

    Not to mention the daily transcripts are made available on the Congress, Senate, and Supreme Court websites.

    Even if someone had the due diligence to be a properly informed/ responsible voter, it’s still hard to get an accurate picture of all facets involved; but its not hard to be a good Citizen.

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    Mandeep N

    January 8, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Love this, so smooth and pleasant

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    godofthisshit

    January 8, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Sound good here. Brownstone is fire too.

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    reedofwater

    January 8, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    How strange to find this on Ted.

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    Gentle Warrior Journey

    January 8, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    You have a beautiful voice, humans are cruel as a whole. I can’t believe so many people would criticize your singing, you are amazing!

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    Alvy Nikole

    January 8, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    I loved it.

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    Kamila Olah

    January 8, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I like not just great music but also videoclip. Lovely from beginnig to end.

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    Mohammad Alizada

    January 9, 2021 at 1:00 am

    “The bigger the failiure, the deeper the lesson you learn”, do not give up.

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    Hayden Perry

    January 9, 2021 at 3:08 am

    To call out Snoop Dogg like that was kinda low but he started it so whatever. Listen I thought her national anthem performance was pretty good. A little shaky. The issue was the way she sang the end of the song. She made the choice to sing it a little differently and it wasn’t well received. I feel bad for her but playing the victim….nah.

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    Tabacchum Taba

    January 9, 2021 at 4:24 am

    Learn English?

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    Kevin Wells

    January 9, 2021 at 5:49 am

    Thanks Ted. We need positive things right now. And thank you Madison, for being a true Artist.

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    Hargeet Sidhu

    January 9, 2021 at 6:10 am

    I know it’s a fight
    To try and listen
    Cause I might not know what to say
    Selfishly I’m worried
    You might run and hide
    Selflessly you’re learning
    I hold onto pride
    But no sacrifice
    Comes without mistakes
    And we could fly
    Take a leap of faith
    It’s time to decide
    Try
    Try
    Try
    Out here feelin’ scared
    But at least I’m livin’
    Unprepared to walk away
    I won’t let the same thing, no
    Stop us every time
    But why is it that changing, oh
    Feels like a goodbye
    But no sacrifice
    Comes without mistakes
    And we could fly
    Take a leap of faith
    Look inside, oh
    Don’t you hesitate
    We should fly
    Take a leap of faith
    It’s time to decide
    Try
    Try
    Try
    What is it you’re waiting for
    It’s time to open up your eyes and see
    See, see, see
    You are what you’re waiting for
    Just open up your eyes
    It’s time to see
    See, see, see?
    What is it you’re waiting for
    It’s time to open up your eyes and see
    See, see, see
    You are what you’re waiting for
    Just open up your eyes
    It’s time to see
    See, see, see

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    Lawleet

    January 9, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Wow. This is so good.

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    SlenderTV乡

    January 9, 2021 at 7:04 am

    TMJ

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    Anon ymous

    January 9, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Love these lyrics .. so appropriate during these challenging times too.

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    Javhaa Javhaa

    January 9, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Nice song. Why dont u make official video song

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    Lorette Smith

    January 9, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Nice and sticks in the mind…

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    Karmen

    January 9, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    “No sacrifice” part of the chorus got me, its a true reminder to do what makes you happy and to NOT sacrifice your feelings.

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    De Montalvo

    January 9, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!

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    Bro. Tolliver

    January 9, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Sounds like her brother, Taylor, might have produced the track. Anyone know?

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      Madison McFerrin

      January 13, 2021 at 6:05 pm

      that is correct, good ear!

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    Lord Planet

    January 10, 2021 at 1:52 am

    You only fail if you give up so don’t give up and try again.

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    Anderson Ludwig

    January 10, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Bitcoin is breaking limits a lot of people are purchasing it, great!

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      Lennon Patrick

      January 10, 2021 at 11:04 am

      The stock crash is simply inevitable

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      Criss Payn

      January 10, 2021 at 11:04 am

      The rich gets richer by investing while the poor just spends like the rich without thinking about a good investment to go into.

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      Austin Gring

      January 10, 2021 at 11:05 am

      Good investments are life savers.

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      Austin Gring

      January 10, 2021 at 11:05 am

      @Christopher Reigns Thank you so much for
      your recommendation I just sent him a
      message on What sapp and he replied.

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      Austin Gring

      January 10, 2021 at 11:05 am

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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    은정._.

    January 10, 2021 at 10:23 am

    The mood of the video makes me soo comfortable. It’s like at ten in the morning

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    AD_ X

    January 10, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    only those who can fail greatly can achieve greatly ❤️

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    Isabelle Simone Deliener

    January 10, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Yes I try.

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    bye bye

    January 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Love your song, voice and message❤️

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    Lisa Love Ministries

    January 10, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Seek God’s will daily. Faith more valuable than Gold.
    1 Peter 1:7

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    Sagar Mhatre

    January 10, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    This is just the right kinda purrrfect! 🖤

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    Андрей Джевага

    January 10, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    I’m seeking for a cirtain TED lecture, can anyone help? In this lecture a white man tells us that every human aim is to control everything that he can control and “conquer more territories” in his life, not literally. Any ideas? (Sorry that my question is not appertain to this video)

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    Ya Man Brandon Tyler

    January 10, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    I’m here for TED doing NPR Tiny Desk things.

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    Julia Channel

    January 11, 2021 at 3:29 am

    keep watching cauze she looks so cool 🙂

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    Gary McFarez

    January 11, 2021 at 4:11 am

    version? ain’t there only one version money bags

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    Jolliebearfor Christ

    January 11, 2021 at 6:04 am

    JESUS CHRIST DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS AND HE WAS BURIED AND HE ROSE AGAIN ON THE THIRD DAY THE BIBLE 1ST CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 VERSES 1 THROUGH 5 AND JOHN CHAPTER 3 VERSES 16 THROUGH 21 THE BIBLE

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    Chelsea Battle

    January 11, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Awesome! Just downloaded to my Amazon music. Thanks for sharing your story

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    michele romero

    January 12, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    💛🗣

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    Tea Nguyen

    January 13, 2021 at 6:34 am

    💕Thank you 💝for a beautiful voice!!!🤗🙏🥰

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    Quốc Anh Hoàng

    January 13, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Amazing❤

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    georgeta 98v

    January 13, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    This is so gorgeus
    Thank you

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    Meeshell Ma Belle

    January 13, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Okay now let’s hear an apology from Snoop (Or better, a duet!)

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