Maddie & Tae admit they went into 2017 hoping for a year to grow and push themselves out of their comfort zones, and that's exactly what happened — for better or worse.

In the reflective 10-minute video, the duo pour their hearts out to fans, revealing that they suddenly lost their record deal after their label, Dot Records, was shut down. Though they have since been signed to Universal Music Group, Maddie Marlow says she went through depression during those uncertain times.

"If I'm being honest, I went through a really, pretty tough depression after the label thing happened ... I kind of always was the person that had a plan, had it figured out, and I never kind of been like dropped on my ass before," Marlow explains (around the five-minute mark). "That was really hard and my self worth was tied into it, my purpose, everything."

In spite of the struggles they faced during those difficult moments, the singer assures fans that she's feeling strong, confident and happy these days — 2018 is much brighter for her personally and for the duo professionally.

"I truly look in the mirror and love who I am today because of the pain that I had to go through to get here," Marlow says. "I'm not going to allow my trials to defeat me, I'm going to let them build me up and learn from them and take as much wisdom as I can from each trial."

Maddie & Tae's 2018 will be fruitful, as they promise new music — Marlow says a new album is "110% coming out." Taylor Dye (Tae) hopes to tour in the U.S. following a successful run in Europe.

"2018, we are coming for you," Marlow promises.

Maddie & Tae broke onto the country music scene in 2014 with their statement-making hit, "Girl in a Country Song," making them the first female duo to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with their debut single since 2006. The 2018 project will be their sophomore album following Start Here. 

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