Search form

Scroll To Top

Exclusive: Indie-Pop Phenom Madison Takes Marriage Equality Victory Lap with ‘Wonderland’


Just because Pride's over doesn't mean the party is. 

We're in the post-Pride, post-July 4th dog days of summer. The heat's oppressive, you're redlining your AC, and you'd sell a kidney to get an invite to your friend's boyfriend's friend's quarter share on Fire Island. That midsummer malaise is setting in and you need something to refresh you and beat the heat.

Well, here's your sonic equivalent to an ocean breeze.

The title track off her upcoming fourth EP, Madison's "Wonderland" is replete with snappy synths, soaring sugary-sweet vocals, and a dizzying array of delightful distortions. On top of all that, the track's got a great message.

"The song was inspired by the ridiculous state of affairs in our country regarding gay marriage," Madison tells Out. "The song was written last year imagining things would change soon, and we are finally seeing changes now. It's an idea that all people should be free, feel proud of who they are, take ownership of his or her life and not be afraid to shine. That feeling and sense of pride and joy will lead to a place called 'Wonderland,' An ultimate happy place."

Madison penned the track a year ago, so perhaps its kismet that she's releasing "Wonderland" now, in light of the recent SCOTUS decision on marriage equality. If the fates are indeed shining upon her, then it'll be very interesting to see what the up-and-comer puts out next.

"I am always trying to remind myself to live in the moment; that's hard!" Madison says of her future plans. "I try to remember life is so short, we are so lucky to experience being here..interacting and sharing our lives with each other. I am not sure what is next...but I am going to appreciate every second that I can. Of course, I will keep making music, because I can't not make music! Music is life."

So give "Wonderland" a listen so you can keep that Pride feeling lasting all summer-long.

Wonderland is due out July 24.

30 Years of Out100Out / Advocate Magazine - Jonathan Groff and Wayne Brady

From our Sponsors

Most Popular

Latest Stories

Alex Panisch