Artist Interview: Madison Ray
Tell us about yourself and your music
Madison Ray is unpredictable. One day this musician might be designing clothes and the next, he may be a TV personality.
He was trained by Johnny Contardo of ShaNaNa and has performed with the likes of: Aaron Carter, Mya, Jose Feliciano, Debbie Gibson, Belinda Carlisle, Latin Grammy award winner Nestor Torres, Christopher the Conquered, the River Monks, Little Ruckus, prettygirlhatemachine, Gloom Balloon, Tokyo’s KAZOKU, Crunk Witch, Freakabout!, Planet Booty, Dominique Morgan, Ellis Hall of Tower of Power, Martha Wash, and Victor Wooten. He sometimes sings with the Des Moines Metro Opera and once even starred in RENT as Tom Collins.
He is the anti-pop Pop Art musician, he is a creative dynamo, he is the Naked Emperor, and he has been crafting a sound he lovingly calls Stanque Pop, an eclectic blend of Rock, Soul, Jazz and Funk.
His work includes: an EP known as “The Revolution, Vol. 1,” a full length album with All the Single Ladies titled “Starship to Mars” as well as the records “Aviators,” “LOVE,” and “Diamonds.”
Talk to us more about your latest release
“Diamonds” was initially a single release as Madison Ray was exploring new territory away from the band aesthetic of his work with All the Single Ladies. His lyricism became more story driven and the sounds more polished and electronic. It will be included on his new album “The Revolution, Vol. 2”
What inspired you to write this release?
Madison Ray is a feminist. He thought about all of the women that have enriched his life and how the world seems to try to rob them of their self-worth. He tellls a story about falling for a woman that can’t seem to recognize how valuable she is and ultimately walks a dangerous path, convinced to chase worthless possessions.
Any plans to release a video?
“The Revolution, Vol. 2” is an audio/visual installation experience for art galleries.
Any plans to hit the road?
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Madison Ray is a Pop Artist, he just uses music as his paint brush. He deconstructs the Pop Star concept and twists the familiar into something with a new perspective. He is the Naked Emperor with nothing to hide.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Madison has been living and breathing Hamilton.
Tell us about your passions
He spends his afternoons brewing a perfect cup of tea and brushing up on his Japanese.
What else is happening next in your world?
He is back in the world of theatre, working on a production of “Tick, Tick… Boom!” and the opera “Billy Budd” while finishing his new album.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Travis!
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