About Us

Madison Rising brings great rock music back to the forefront of popular culture. With songs ranging from the guitar heavy opening track "Right To Bear," to the hauntingly epic sounds of "Honk If You Want Peace," to the beautiful violins of "Hallowed Ground," it is clear that this band is on a mission to not only make great music, but also send a message that American culture is alive and well.


Madison Rising promotes the principles of liberty, independence, smaller government and personal responsibility. All tracks were recorded at Water Studios in Hoboken and mixed by legendary music engineer Ron Saint Germain at Saint’s Place Studio in Kinnelon, NJ.


Lead Vocalist - Dave Bray: Dave's first recollection and connection to music came from seeing Gary Numan doing 'Cars' on 'Top of the Pops'. His love of music however, began while sitting with his mother and singing folk songs while she played the guitar. He would later join the church choir. After a few years, he finally found his home as a "front man" as he and his first band rehearsed for a high school talent show. Dave's dream was short lived. He had already enlisted in the US NAVY and would leave for basic not long after graduation.

A dedicated leader and patriot, Dave was a Recruit Chief Petty Officer in basic training, a Master at Arms in A-school, and was awarded the honor of Top Dog in Field Medical Service School. He would finally serve in the U.S. Navy as an 8404 FMF Corpsman for the 2nd Battalion / 2nd Marines stationed out of Camp Lejeune NC.

Dave's voice is most often described as a passionate but soft roar, controlled and melodic, teetering on the edge of detonation. A true showman, Dave puts his heart and soul into every performance and has been captivating audiences with his "blood, sweat and tears style" performances for years.

"It is my firm belief that without God there is no country...Madison Rising, for me, is truly a call back to service...a service that our country needs, in a war that our country doesn't even know exists." - Dave

Drummer - Sam Fishman: Sammy "Bones" Jones has been hitting the skins since third grade. He may seem innocent and well mannered but behind the drums he is a possessed man.

Madison Rising is the true calling for Sammy. He is a patriot, hard worker, and loyal friend/musician. Sammy is a graduate from the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music and lives in NJ. Some of Sam's favorite bands include Mastodon, Deftones, and Porcupine Tree.

"Being the drummer for Madison Rising has been a higher calling. It's bigger than all of us. This is an opportunity to create music with a message that America needs to hear right now!" - Sam

Sammy is single. It's true.


Produced by Richard Mgrdechian and Dave Bray
Executive Producer: Richard Mgrdechian


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