Madison Rising’s Star Spangled Banner Breaks 2.5 Million Unique Views

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Patriotic rock band Madison Rising’s FIVE Million Star Spangled Banner Challenge reaches halfway mark as band begins national tour.

Madison Rising - The Star Spangled Banner

I'd love to get it played all over the country the moment the election results are finalized. It would be a great way to announce that politics are behind us and that America is finally back on the right track.

Patriotic rock band Madison Rising is pleased to announce that its #1 best-selling rock rendition of the Star Spangled Banner has reached over 2.5 million views on YouTube, and that the band is well on its way to achieving its goal of five million views by July 4th of next year.

“Thank you to all the fans who’ve watched our video, shared it with friends and family, bought the song and t-shirt, and for all the beautiful and absolutely touching emails and calls we get every day about the Banner and all of our other music,” said Madison Rising lead singer Dave Bray, a Navy veteran. “We created Madison Rising to help restore a sense of pride back into this country, and we're thrilled that it’s having that effect.”

Madison Rising successfully completed its initial goal of 1 million views by Election Day (November 6th), seven weeks earlier than expected. As a result, the group significantly upped the ante and re-launched the campaign as the Five Million Star Spangled Banner Challenge (

“We hit our goal of one million views on the morning of September 14th - the exact date Francis Scott Key wrote the original version 198 years ago,” said band manager, Richard Mgrdechian. “There’s something bigger at work here, and we plan to do everything we can to take advantage of it to continue to re-energize the National Anthem and make it the #1 best selling rock song in the country. I'd love to get it played all over the country the moment the election results are finalized, but I'm not sure how to make that happen. It would be a great way to announce that politics are behind us for the time being and that America is finally back on the right track.”

Madison Rising released its widely acclaimed version of the Star Spangled Banner earlier this summer, updated with a special addendum to reflect our nation’s struggles at the dawn of the 21st century. In conjunction with that release, the band launched the Star Spangled Banner Challenge to offer Americans a fun and meaningful way to show their patriotism by watching the video and downloading the song directly to their iPods and other devices to play proudly in their cars, at the gym, at the beach or anywhere else they want.

Madison Rising promotes the principles of liberty, independence, smaller government and personal responsibility. Their mission is not only to make great music, but to also send a message that American culture is alive and well. Madison Rising is currently recording its second album and actively touring around the country. Over the course of the past month, the band has performed in Los Angeles, San Diego, Newburg NY, Orlando, Jacksonville and Virginia. Madison Rising’s next scheduled performance will be in Clovis, NM on November 3rd in an event hosted by Patriot Outdoors ( To book the band for live performances including music festivals, sporting events, corporate events, victory celebrations or welcome home parties for those serving overseas, please contact Madison Rising at booking(at)madisonrising(dot)com.

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