This article was written by Liz McDonough of GDP Partner Locusic, an Iowa-based online listening service where you can “Listen To Your Surroundings”.
Madison Ray and All The Single Ladies is a high energy five-piece band, and the self-proclaimed originators of “stanque” pop, which can be described as pop music with influences in heavy jazz, dirty blues, flamboyant funk and solid rock. A heavy guitar and bass monster can be chased away by a piano-driven pop ballad, which gives way to a swanky funk dance groove. There’s absolutely no way you’re not dancing to this “stanque” when they take the stage.
Madison Ray is an enthusiastic front man, and every member of the band is just as energetic and fun to watch. Chris Powell, Grey Lovelace, Brenden Pugh, and Kirk Ford make up ‘All The Single Ladies’, and their tight sound leaves room for some extreme keyboard dancing and bass thrusting. It’s contagious and addicting. I first experienced Madison Ray and All The Single Ladies at the RAWards Des Moines Semi-Finals at Wooly’s, where they were named RAW Des Moines’ “Musicians of the Year”, and I’ve been following them ever since.
Ray has also launched ‘LOVE’, a fashion line he collaborated on with Des Moines designer, Elena Flores. It’s obvious he has a love of fashion and flair when you see him perform with his ‘Single Ladies’. Their 2013 release ‘Starship To Mars’ is definitely a ‘getting pumped up to go out on Saturday night’ album.
Fun Funk, swank stanque, and lunar tunes. Once you see these guys, you’re going to make sure you see them again. Make it a priority to check these ‘Single Ladies’ out at GDP.
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