Durham, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae has announced that it has been selected to perform at the Democratic national Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina next Thursday, September 6th. The convention will be at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. Delta Rae will join music icon James Taylor as one of the convention’s performing acts before President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech. DNC CEO Steve Kerrigan spoke on Delta Rae being added to the convention’s performer roster. “Highlighting such amazing talent from North Carolina as part of the entertainment at the convention’s closing event is just one way that convention organizers are working to bring the flavor of North Carolina to all Americans,” he said. He added, “Whether you’re one of the tens of thousands who received community credentials to attend this historic event in person, or tuning in remotely, you will have a taste of the wonderful region that is home to this year’s convention.”
Delta Rae member Ian Holljes shared his thoughts on being selected as part of the convention and on President Obama’s accomplishments during his first term in office. He said, “Watching Barack Obama win election to the presidency in 2008 was one of the most affirming and exciting moments of my life as an American. I am so thrilled to think what he can accomplish in a second term and I couldn’t be more humbled that Delta Rae’ music will be a part of ushering in that great hope.” He expressed his support for Obama, saying, “We seem to be at a tipping point for so many important movements. Marriage equality, women’s rights, and the protection of the middle class among them – and I believe President Obama’s continued leadership is essential to landing on the right side of history on these issues.”
Holljes’ brother–and fellow Delta Rae band member—Eric noted the importance of the youth vote in this year’s election. He said, “There are currently so many issues being discussed and decisions being made in Washington that are going to drastically affect me and my generation. I truly hope, as young people, we stand up in this election and let our collective voice be heard.”
One of the songs on the band’s debut album, “Carry The Fire”, tackles the issue of North Carolina’s gay marriage ban. ‘Chain on Love’ was a response to Prop 8. Audiences can check out the video for ‘Chain on Love’ online at http://youtu.be/qnd9ylWsfRA. Audiences can also check out the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Bottom Of The River’ online at http://youtu.be/bimam2j2gEg. And to check out a medley of the band’s songs on Warner Sound go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ_JqRcU9YA.
Along with the band’s upcoming performance at the DNC, Delta Rae will also be performing at Mike Dianna’s Grill in Corolla, NC on Saturday, October 13th. For a full list of the band’s tour dates and all of its latest news, go online to http://deltarae.com, http://www.facebook.com/deltarae, http://twitter.com/deltarae, and on its official YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/deltaraeband.
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