ROSCOE – Rock Valley’s Madi Hecox is a back-to-back Region IV Player of the Year for the Golden Eagles’ basketball team, and also helped the softball team win a national championship last year. Sports were always an outlet for Hecox growing up, especially after her mom passed away during Madi’s sophomore year of high school. But she found another way of coping shortly after that. Hecox found her voice musically. She wrote a song to remember her mom, and it remains one of the more special things she’s ever done.
“It was probably a couple of months after she passed away,” Hecox explains. “I was playing at our piano at our old house. Within 45 minutes I had a song done. I had no intention of finishing it. I think just piece by piece it all kind of came to me. It worked together. I think that’s really where everything triggered from.”
Madi has written a few songs since then, but the one for mom will always have a special place in her heart.
“It played with my mom and the role she’s played in my life,” Hecox said. “I was able to have the opportunity to keep her legacy alive and showing the world the importance that she played in my life.”
Madi says she’s not quite sure where she got her voice. She says her dad, like many dads, thinks he can sing. She has some musically talented cousins, but her voice is uniquely her own.
“I would be singing in the car and I was like, wow, I’m a little bit good at this,” Hecox said. “So I just continued.”
Hecox continues to fly high athletically at Rock Valley College, where she repeated as both conference and Region IV Player of the Year on the basketball court. She’ll take her hoops talent to the four-year level next year and she’ll also take her music with her wherever she goes.
“The opportunity to write music really opened that door for me and able to express my emotions through music,” Hecox said.
Those emotions are conveyed through a soulful voice with lyrics that will make sure Madi never forgets the way her mom made her feel.