(PRWEB) April 15, 2014
Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band, is proud to announce the release of their special limited edition Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial disc, complete with customized artwork and a special bonus track featuring lead singer Dave Bray providing a hauntingly beautiful a cappella performance of the National Anthem.
The band – which released its widely acclaimed rock rendition of the Star Spangled Banner (http://youtu.be/c8C7i9kdEf8) two years earlier – hopes to use the upcoming bicentennial to stimulate interest and respect for a song that many have deemed outdated and unworthy of its position as our National Anthem. In particular, Madison Rising wants to make people aware of the circumstances, the sacrifice and the struggle which inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key as he watched the American flag rise over Ft. McHenry just outside of Baltimore on the morning of September 14, 1814 after more than 24 hours of relentless bombardment by the British.
“We plan to do everything we can to continue to re-energize the National Anthem for that bicentennial,” said Madison Rising lead singer Dave Bray, a navy veteran and former 8404 FMF Corpsman. “The mission of 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 released its widely acclaimed version of the Star Spangled Banner in the summer of 2012 and both the song and video have become huge hits throughout the country, catapulting the band into the national spotlight and creating one of the most loyal fan bases in rock music history. “Awesome,” “deeply moving,” “chilling,” and “the best ever,” are just some of the superlatives used to describe Madison Rising’s rendition of the song that celebrates what being an American is all about. To date, the song’s YouTube video has received over 5.3 million views and band is expecting over ten million by the September 14th anniversary.
Madison Rising is on a mission to make great rock music and send a message that American culture is alive and well. The band, which recently released their second album – American Hero – dedicated to the men and women of our armed forces, along with the police, firefighters and other first responders, has performed all over the country at numerous military and USO events, NFL shows, NASCAR, Sturgis, and other major venues, as well as opened for rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steppenwolf, Kansas, Weezer, Toby Keith and others. Madison Rising: Music with meaning.