John Duff Madonna Hung Up

We talked with John Duff who paid homage to Madonna on his Girly music video

John Duff has released his first song and music video, Girly, paying meticulous homage to Madonna(“Hung Up”).

The singer, songwriter, and director also pays homage to Mariah Carey (“Heartbeaker”), Britney Spears (“Stronger”), Beyoncé (“Crazy in Love”) and Christina Aguilera (“Come on Over”). And he doing this, he confidently embraces his femininity.

We at talked with John Duff about Madonna.

“I’ve been a fan of Madonna since I was in middle school,” Duff told us. “That was when I got my hands on The Immaculate Collection and then from there I went back and learned her discography.”

“My sister was a huge fan dating back to the 80’s so when Madonna came through in DC I was lucky enough to see the Drowned World and Reinvention tours,” Duff adds. “Both shows were mind blowing and revolutionized they way I viewed live performance and art direction.”

Anyone in music who says Madonna hasn’t influenced them is a liar. Such a queen!!


John Duff - Girly (Official Video)

Girly celebrates femininity and fluidity in a fabulous and direct way, riding on a giant 808 bass line and a carefree R&B vibe reminiscent of the late 90s.

“It’s about freedom. It’s about expression. It’s about equality. Above all, it’s f*cking fierce,” Duff said.

Duff’s song rejects toxic masculinity, promoting honest and genuine self expression. “You could have your pump on – two plates. Or get your pumps on – first date. No one cares just pump the bass, full speed ahead don’t pump the breaks.”

Duff adds, “’Girly’ is a very literal song. I wrote it upon hearing critique that my ideas weren’t going to work because of their feminine nature, I was told that I would do better in the industry by playing up my masculinity. I found these words to be insulting to my creative mind and to femininity in general. Being girly, or being a girl for that matter, is nothing to be ashamed of. The video was created from those same frustrations. While paying homage to some of my greatest female influences, I wanted to highlight the sexualization of female performers and how absurd it looks to simply replace the ingenue with a hairy man.”

John Duff is a singer, songwriter, director, actor, dancer, choreographer, personality and social media influencer. Upon receiving a BFA in musical theatre, John moved to New York City to begin a successful career in commercial, film, and theatre acting. He has worked regionally, internationally and Off-Broadway originating roles in two successful musicals. After making his professional directorial debut with National Lampoon, John moved to Los Angeles with his sights set on international gay pop stardom. He is the sole writer and creative director of all of his endeavors. With love, humor and a little sex appeal, his only intention is to bring joy to all and make music the world will love.