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Patriotic rock band Madison Rising is set to follow up on its debut album and ultimate rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Be Ready!
Patriotic rock band Madison Rising is set to follow up on its debut album and ultimate rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Be Ready!
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Who We Are (About The Band)

Madison Rising - which launched its debut album in October, 2011 - brings great rock music back into the forefront of popular culture. With songs ranging from the lyrically powerful and guitar heavy opening track “Right To Bear,” to the hauntingly epic sounds of “Honk If You Want Peace,” to the beautiful violins and cello of “Hallowed Ground,” it is clear that this band is on a mission to not only make great music, but to also send a message that American culture is alive and well.

Madison Rising's Debut Album
Madison Rising's Debut Album

Here are a couple of our music videos from that first album:

The album made great progress in the rock charts and we were in some pretty good company for a while!

Madison Rising With Bon Jovi and Led Zeppelin
Madison Rising With Bon Jovi and Led Zeppelin

The Star Spangled Banner & Challenge

A few months ago, we went back to the studio to start writing tracks for our second album (more on that later). While there, we started thinking about the best ways to convey our core message - hard work, integrity and an undying love for our country. Then it hit us! We knew our goal (from the very beginning) was to be the ultimate pro-American band. What better way to convey that than by doing a great cover of the ultimate American anthem! So that's exactly what we did.

In June, 2012 we released our rock rendition of The Star Spangled Banner and the reception was absolutely phenomenal! The song hit #1 in several major music categories on Amazon.com and has ranked in the top 10 rock songs on iTunes.

Madison Rising's Star Spangled Banner at or near the top in every catergory
Madison Rising's Star Spangled Banner at or near the top in every catergory

Here's the music video. Check it out for yourself:

While you're at it, learn a little more about our One Million Star Spangled Challenge at: www.starspangledbannerchallenge.com


What We Want To Do

Basically, we're ready to take it to the next level. We've gotten a ton of new material written and ready to go, but we need to GO BACK TO THE RECORDING STUDIO to start laying down the tracks so we could be sure to have the new album out to everyone by the end of this year.

We also need to GET ON THE ROAD MORE - a LOT more. All over the country more. To BIGGER places. To BIGGER audiences. To groups and crowds and people and events that appreciate this country, the opportunities we have as Americans and all that we should be grateful for.

We're ready to change the old and all-to-stodgy political establishment and make it COOL to be patriotic again. People can make all the speeches they want, but in the end pop culture trumps politics every time.


What You Can Do To Help Make It All Happen

A Quick Note From Lead Singer Dave Bray
A Quick Note From Lead Singer Dave Bray
Don't be another one of those people who sits around all day talking about what needs to be done. TAKE ACTION. Help Madison Rising give ALL OF US a voice and make a difference in the direction of this country. After all - THIS is The American Dream:



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    Just like in an election, every vote counts. In this case… every dollar counts. For your pledge of five of them, we will send you a code to download our NEXT single - Ready If It Goes There - as an MP3 BEFORE it's officially released… you’ll be extra motivated at the gym with this new tune in your iPod! This is our BEST track yet. We promise you - it's a WINNER.

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    Don't settle for just a downloaded album from iTunes. Help us in our mission and get your copy of Madison Rising's self-titled debut CD signed by the entire band!

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    ALRIGHT. Everyone keeps asking about the SECOND ALBUM. Should be done recording in December and probably available in March. BUT you can reserve your SIGNED copy and have it delivered to you BEFORE it's officially released. You know you can't wait - so DON'T!

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    Already have the album, but still want to get a little something in the mail directly from Madison Rising? You should go for one of our especially cool Madison Rising Right To Bear T-SHIRTS to remind you of us 24 hrs a day and let the world know you're a supporter and a fan! Please specify S, M, L, XL, 2XL or 3XL.

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    Want a whole package of Madison Rising STUFF? Well then - A Right To Bear T-shirt, bumper sticker and collapsible koozie to keep the drinks cold should do the job for you. Please specify S, M, L, XL, 2XL or 3XL for the t-shirts.

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    Want more than just the signed album? For your pledge of $50 or more, you'll get get a signed copy of our debut album AND a signed limited edition Star Spangled Banner CD.

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    Talk about STARVING ARTISTS! Have you seen our guitarist Alex??? If not, check out a couple of our videos and you'll see what we mean! How about helping him out and getting a thank you note signed by him for you generosity?

    Make a contribution to the Madison Rising FEED THE GUITARIST fund and we'll buy him a sandwich so he can keep on shredding!

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    Need it all? Then pledge $100 or more and get the entire package of signed materials - a signed copy of our debut CD, a signed Limited Edition Star Spangled Banner CD and a signed Madison Rising poster. Maybe we'll even throw a DVD of the Star Spangled Banner video in a few of the packages.

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    Be a TRUE friend of Madison Rising by having your name or organization mentioned in the "Thank You" section of the liner notes of our next album, and get a signed copy when the disc is available. Makes a GREAT gift - then again, they all do!

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    Trying to break into the music industry? We know it definitely isn't easy. How about simplifying the process with a one hour consultation with our award winning music publicist?
    Get a head start on your 2013 marketing campaigns from a music insider who's worked with legendary musicians and emerging artists around the world.

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    Want to learn from the best? Here's your chance to have a 45 min guitar, bass or drum lesson on Skype with one of the members of Madison Rising. Must coordinate reasonable date/time prior to Dec 31, 2012.

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    Want to REALLY learn from the best? Learn the percussion secrets of the best patriotic drummer on the planet. Enjoy an intimate 1 hour drum lesson with Sam Fishman at the Madison Rising rehearsal studios in NYC, followed by a photo shoot with the band (subject to availability of members). Must coordinate reasonable date/time prior to Dec 31, 2012.

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    Love to SHRED? What better gift can you give yourself than to learn the secrets of the best patriotic guitar player on the planet. Enjoy an intimate 90 minute guitar lesson with Alex at the Madison Rising rehearsal studios in NYC, followed by a photo shoot with the entire band (subject to availability). Must coordinate reasonable date/time prior to Dec 31, 2012.

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    Are you old fashioned? Then how about a special signed limited edition VINYL issue of Madison Rising's self-titled debut album.

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    Think you've got what it takes to HANG with Madison Rising? Show us your stuff with an exclusive one-hour jam session with Madison Rising at their rehearsal studios in NYC. Must be available to as per the Madison Rising rehearsal schedule. Travel not included.

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    Demand your RIGHT TO BEAR by spending a couple of hours with Dave Bray at a shooting range in NY, CT or PA. Must coordinate reasonable date/time prior to Dec 31, 2012. Travel and ammo not included.

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    Love the music, but want to meet the band in a more peaceful environment to talk guns with Dave, politics with Sam and philosophy with Alex? Then enjoy an intimate 2 hour dinner with Madison Rising in NYC. Must coordinate reasonable date/time prior to Dec 31, 2012. Travel not included.

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    Rather just WATCH the maestros at work? Join us for a couple of hours at one of the recording sessions for our next album in NYC. Meet the band and see the magic happen right before your eyes. Must be available as per the Madison Rising recording schedule. Travel not included.

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    Want to HELP SPREAD THE WORD and get Madison Rising to out to your friends, family, co-workers, employees or other members of your organization? Now is your chance with a SEALED PACKAGE of 100 copies of our debut CD. Soldiers of America... Right To Bear... Hallowed Ground.. American Dream... Everyone you know can have all of these and more with the click of a mouse.

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    Want something really different? How about unique, one-of-a-kind HANDWRITTEN lyrics to Madison Rising's Soldier's of America, written out by Dave Bray and signed by the entire band. Sure to be a collectors item!

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    Want to talk music, business, politics or whatever else comes to mind in a unique one-on-one setting with a man of unique talents? You might be interested in an intimate one on one dinner with Rich Mgrdechian in NYC. He's a Caltech alumni, NASA engineer, Columbia MBA, political author and the creator and manager of Madison Rising. Get the story straight from the horse's mouth!

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    What better way to enjoy your evening than with a Madison Rising HOUSE PARTY! Madison Rising will perform a one hour acoustic set at your home or the venue of your choice anywhere in the continental USA.

    (Host will be responsible for providing suitable venue and power. Audience limit of 100 people. Guests only. No ticket sales permitted).

    Deliverable within the next 12 months, but hopefully sooner... just work with us on the scheduling.. Backers will also receive a thank-you card. Please plan on scheduling the event with us sometime over the next 12 months.

    Please note - In order to protect the band, Madison Rising reserves the right to refuse any venue for any reason. A full refund will be provided in such an event. Travel and lodging is included in the price.

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    THE ULTIMATE Madison Rising HOUSE PARTY! Madison Rising will perform a one hour FULLY-ELECTRIC set at your home or the venue of your choice anywhere in the continental USA. (Host will be responsible for providing suitable venue and power. Audience limit of 200 people. Guests only. No ticket sales permitted). Deliverable within the next 12 months, but hopefully sooner... just work with us on the scheduling. Backers will also receive a thank-you card. Please plan on scheduling the event with us sometime over the next 12 months. Please note - In order to protect the band, Madison Rising reserves the right to refuse any venue for any reason. A full refund will be provided in such an event. Travel and lodging is included in the price.

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    Do you run a pro-American business? Not sure where to find loyal customers that might appreciate you for actually loving your country? How about becoming a Madison Rising SPONSOR? Get your company's name and logo prominently featured on our website for the next 12 months and help support patriotic rock music.

    Please note: Madison Rising reserves the right to refuse any sponsor for any reason. A full refund will be provided in such an event.

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