Madison Ray, 26, is the vocalist for Madison Ray and All the Single Ladies, performing at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Vaudeville Mews, 212 Fourth St.
Q: This is your first performance in almost six months. What caused the hiatus?
“Rent” was being put on at the Des Moines Playhouse, and I love that show. I threw my hat in the ring and ended up being chosen as Tom Collins. The rigorous rehearsal schedule took up a lot of my time.
Q: You refer to the band’s style as “stanque pop.” How would you describe that?
It’s a sound we’ve been developing that is very much in the vein of popular music, but injecting aspects of rock, funk, jazz and soul as well. We want things to have a hard, driving edge and to take the idea of funk and push it into a new, modern concept.
Q: You’re also a designer. Does what you wear as a performer differ much from your day to day clothes?
Part of my stage look evokes something of a military look, kind of like Prince or Michael Jackson in the ‘80s. So I injected some of those qualities, like buckles, straps and buttons into daily wear.