Madison Rising is an American patriotic post-grunge and hard rock band. Formed in 2011 by Richard Mgrdechian, and referring to themselves as the United States’ “most patriotic” rock band, led by Air Force veteran MSGT Rio Hiett (Ret). The group, named after the street in Hoboken, New Jersey where their recording studio is, and for former President James Madison.
The band describes themselves as being “pro-patriotic,” have cited bands such as Creed as an influence, and have frequently incorporated themes involving conservatism and the United States Armed Forces into their music.
Madison Rising gained some prominence in 2014, following the band’s poorly-received performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a NASCAR event in February. And the announcement that it would perform the theme song for Amazing America with Sarah Palin, a television program starring former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Madison Rising was the creation of New York City entrepreneur Richard Mgrdechian, who chose the members of the band by placing ads on Craigslist and YouTube and then holding “endless” auditions in 2011. Dave Bray, the original lead singer for the band, enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 18. Before being shipped off, Dave found an interest in music and formed a band in his garage his senior year of high school. According to Bray, “It was my last stitch effort at rebellion before signing my life away.
Later on, the group also acknowledged its name as being in honor of U.S. founding father James Madison, because they wanted to “bring back patriotism and the belief system from the time of the Constitution . While other names such as “Authors of Liberty” and “Soldiers for Freedom” were considered, Madison Rising felt the most rock and roll of them all, evoking imagery of him rising from the grave.
Madison Rising, the band’s self-titled debut album, was released in October 2011 via CD Baby. In early December 2011, the band attempted to procure a permit for a live “Take Back Wall Street” performance in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, in response to the Occupy Wall Street protests. The park’s ownership, Brookfield Properties., denied the permit. Two months later, the band played a short show for Occupy Congress in January 2012. Lead singer Dave Bray said that, to his shock, were met with a warm welcome during the band’s five-song set before several hundred Occupy demonstrators. Their second album, American Hero, was released via CD Baby in November 2013 and is dedicated to military members, police, firefighters, and other first responders. It reached Amazon.com’s top 100 and reached #1 on its Classic Rock list.
In March 2014, the band announced they had been chosen to provide the theme song for Amazing America, a Sarah Palin-hosted program on the US cable network Sportsman Channel. In keeping with the show’s subject matter, the theme song’s lyrics contain references to nature, flags, glory, dogs, horses, trucks, and guns.
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The Star Spangled Banner
GOD BLESS AMERICA
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