Delta Rae To Perform at Democratic National Convention

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.”

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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  Audiences can also check out the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Bottom Of The River’ online at  And to check out a medley of the band’s songs on Warner Sound go to

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,,, and on its official YouTube channel,

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Brother, Sister Musical Duo Releases Video For New Single

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th  – October 15th.  In honor of the upcoming celebration of Hispanic culture, it’s a pleasure to present some brand new music from a sibling duo straight out of Mexico City, Mexico.  The brother/sister duo, Jesse and Joy have a new album titled, ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?  Roughly translated, the title means “The Dog stays with who?”  The Grammy award winning pop duo has just released the video for the album’s new single, ‘Me Voy.’  ‘Me Voy’ translated into English roughly means ‘I’m Going.’  Those who have a better understanding of Spanish will be able to catch the relationship based themes of the song.

The video takes audiences into a recording session with Jesse and Joy at the famed Hit Factory in Miami, FL.  The performance is part of Warner Sound’s Live Room Series.  It’s one of many performances courtesy of Warner Bros. Records and Warner Music Group that takes audiences into performances of acts at some of the most well known studios across the country.

To check out the video for ‘Me Voy’, just follow the link here:  And after checking out the duo’s new single, audiences can also download their new album on iTunes at  Audiences can also get all the latest news on Jesse and Joy online at and on Facebook at

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Cody Simpson Brings Fans Installment Three Of Summer Video Series

Teen pop sensation Cody Simpson has released the newest video in his Wish You Were Here Summer Series. In the series’ third brand new installment, Cody and company take fans along for the ride for the group’s performance at the OC Fair. Fans get to see Cody on stage, behind the scnees and interacting with fans before and after the show. It’s all set to Simpson’s song, “Wish You Were Here.”  Just click the link right here:  The first two episodes of Cody’s series are also available online now.  Episode 1 can be viewed at  Episode 2 can be seen at the link here:
While fans watch the latest episode from Cody’s Wish You Were Here Summer Series, they can also check out his “Preview to Paradise” EP on iTunes at Fans can also follow all the latest news and tour information from Cody online at,,,, and

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