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Madison McFerrin, from the WBGO performance studio on; 'The Checkout'

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Jazz has a handful of reigning families - the Clayton, Marsalis, and Eubanks clans among them - but until recently you'd be forgiven for overlooking the McFerrins. The emergence of Madison McFerrin, an inspired singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, underscores the talent in this new musical dynasty.

McFerrin is the daughter of vocal luminary Bobby McFerrin, and the sister of two talented siblings, the electronic artist Taylor McFerrin and the Broadway actor Jevon McFerrin. When she embarked on her own musical career, it took off a bit faster than expected. With that rise came a stumble, one that almost derailed her dreams, when she botched the national anthem at a Hillary Clinton campaign rally, televised for all to see.

McFerrin is gearing up for an appearance at SXSW on March 14. Here she is in the WBGO performance studio singing "Can You See," a mesmerizing original that addresses the issue of police brutality.  PHOTO: ISAIAH MCCLAIN

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