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Delta Rae Donates To St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital    

Pictured (L-R): Delta Rae’s Liz Hopkins, Eric Hölljes, Alabama’s Randy Owen,
Brittany Hölljes and Ian Hölljes
Photo Courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

DELTA RAE brought their family values to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in Memphis, TN this past weekend with a special donation. Founded in 1989 by ALABAMA’s Randy Owen, the annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® event – which connects celebrities with radio stations and other media outlets to help raise funds and awareness for St. Jude – has raised more than $750 million dollars.

Born into a creative household, the Hölljes siblings – and one half of Delta Rae – found an early love for Southern literature from their mother and invention from their father, who developed an active learning toy. The Smart Cycle is a stationary bike that lets kids pedal their way through fun educational games while helping to tackle childhood obesity.
“Visiting with the doctors and kids at St. Jude was truly a life-changing experience that we’re grateful to have been invited to join,” said Eric Hölljes. “We grew up in a household of discovery, and part of that was seeing our father’s conceptual drawings and the prototype he built in the garage transform into this cool product that caught the attention of Fisher Price. This toy is obviously very special to us, but we hope the kids here will enjoy it too!”

From donating Smart Cycles at events like Toys for Tots Benefit in Madison, WI to highlighting mentors with Tickets for Teachers, Delta Rae has long been dedicated to education and giving back. Their current single “No Peace In Quiet” initially came from a place of heartache but its message has also brought hope to many.

Their four-part harmonies and more lyrical journeys are layered across back-to-back releases on The Valory Music Co. – THE BLACKBIRD SESSIONS EP and A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE EP, which earned Delta Rae as a CMT “18 for 2018” Listen Up artist and spot on Billboard’s “Country Artists to Watch in 2018” list boasting, “this talented group has positioned themselves for a run at the fast lane.” Already back in the studio, the band is working on a full-length album that is sure to offer “the power of the written word” (Women’s Wear Daily). For more information, visit DeltaRae.com.

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Delta Rae: Big Percussion. Big voices. Why You Need To Know Them.

One of my new favorite groups is signed to Big Machine/Valory Music Company, Delta Rae.

Delta Rae formed in 2009 and are originally from Durham, NC.  The 6-piece band is comprised of Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes, who front the group taking lead vocals.  Harmonies by Eric Holljes (vocals, piano) and Ian Holljes (vocals, guitar).  Mike McKee on drums and Grant Emerson on bass.

Their new single just released to country radio is “No Peace in Quiet”, a beautiful ballad written by Eric Holljes during a difficult time in his life following a break-up.  Finding himself very alone in his apartment following the break-up, the song flowed out of him as he struggled to come to terms with a loss he blamed himself for and seeking some solace in music.  It’s a very personal song for him that is even difficult for him to talk about, much less take lead to sing it.  Liz takes the lead singing this song with harmonies from all.  A mesmerizing and heartfelt song.

Such a great lunch today with @bigmachinelabelgroup & @deltarae!! Tacos, Coke, & great music…What more could I ask for?! 🌮🎶 Several video clips to watch here of their acoustic performance for us. They are fantastic! Get to know their music & buy their EP online at iTunes or Google Play today! 💕 ———————————————————————————— Well, I inadvertently had some product placement in the first video sipping on a Coke during the show, I just noticed! Brought a @cocacola & a #smile, don't you think?! 😉🤣 Coke in a glass bottle is THE BEST ever. I don't know if it REALLY tastes better from a glass bottle rather than a can or plastic bottle, but it sure seems that way! 😄 ▪ ▪ ▪ #deltarae #bigmachine #acoustic #music # #country #nashvilletn #nashville #tennessee #instamusic #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily #new #cool #instavideo #video #videos #videooftheday

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Ever since I first saw this group perform a few years back, they have stood out to me.  Intriguing and just different from everyone else out there.

Their passion for the music, energy, harmonies, and larger-than-life performances create magic from their stage.  It’s not something that can be defined or explained by simple words.  They must be experienced live, then you’ll understand the special, intriguing qualities that make this group different and ones you need to watch.

Watch the video for their current single; “No Peace In Quiet” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7J446geYJI




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Album Review: Delta Rae | “A Long And Happy Life”

Delta Rae just released their debut 4-track EP with Big Machine entitled “A Long And Happy Life”.   Continue Reading →

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Delta Rae Debuts “A Long And Happy Life” At Radio Today

Pictured (L-R): Brittany Hölljes, Grant Emerson, Ian Hölljes, Liz Hopkins, Mike McKee, Eric Hölljes Single Image Courtesy of The Valory Music Co.  

Fueled with a passionate melodic delivery of honest lyrics, DELTA RAE debuts “A Long And Happy Life” today. The new single is available now and marks the six-piece Durham, NC-based band’s first release on Big Machine Label Group’s imprint The Valory Music Co.

Brothers Eric and Ian Hölljes penned the buoyant “A Long And Happy Life,” offering fans a soundtrack to jumpstart their summer with an earnest hope that the best seasons are still to come. The song name comes from a book of the same title written by Ian’s dear friend, the late Reynolds Price. Lyrics from three other literary works – William Styron’s Lie Down In Darkness, Pat Conroy’s The Prince of Tides and The Water Is Wide – are woven throughout as homage to the Southern storytelling they admire.

With roots firmly planted in the South, Liz Hopkins and Brittany Hölljes front the robust group with their sultry harmonies rounded out by Eric (vocals, piano) and Ian (vocals, guitar) as well as Mike McKee (drums) and Grant Emerson (bass). Delta Rae chose their moniker from a mythical story the Hölljes siblings’ mother crafted about a Southern girl of the same name who summons the Greek gods to earth. The band’s sound defies parameters – a little bit Americana and Gospel combined with equal parts Country, Rock and Bluegrass – being most influenced by their geographical location as they’ve traversed the globe and experienced life.

Since forming in 2009, Delta Rae has graced stages at esteemed festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and more with their larger-than-life live show. The band will headline several dates throughout their A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE SUMMER TOUR 2017, which kicks off in May. Tickets go on sale at DeltaRae.com beginning this Friday, March 17.

May 19 – Harvest Theatre | Rocky Mount, VA
May 20 – Soundstage | Baltimore, MD
May 22 – Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY
May 24 – Playhouse | Ridgefield, CT
May 25 – Center for Arts | Natick, MA
May 26 – Tupelo Music Hall | Londonderry, NH
May 28 – Avalon Theatre | Easton, MD
June 1 – Throne Theatre | Wilmington, NC
June 2 – The Underground @ Fillmore | Charlotte, NC
June 3 – Cat’s Cradle | Carrboro, NC
June 12 – Hi Fi | Indianapolis, IN
June 16 – Shank Hall | Milwaukee, WI
June 17 – Joe’s Bar | Chicago, IL
June 20 – Wooly’s | Des Moines, IA
June 21 – Old Rock House | St. Louis, MO
June 23 – Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival | Okmulgee, OK
July 17 – The Parish – House Of Blues New Orleans | New Orleans, LA
July 18 – White Oak Music Hall | Houston, TX
July 19 – Sam’s Burger Joint | San Antonio, TX
July 21 – The Parish | Austin, TX
July 22 – Club Dada | Dallas, TX
July 25 – Belly Up | Solana Beach, CA
July 26 – The Troubadour | West Hollywood, CA
July 28 – Great American Music Hall | San Francisco, CA
July 29 – Opera House Ballroom | Napa, CA
July 30 – Harlow’s | Sacramento, CA
August 1 – Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR
August 2 – The Crocodile | Seattle, WA
August 5 – Bluebird Theater | Denver, CO
August 6 – Moxi Theater | Greeley, CO
August 8 – The Waiting Room | Omaha, NE
August 9 – PBR Big Sky | Kansas City, MO
August 11 – Fountain Square | Cincinnati, PH
August 12 – The Ark | Ann Arbor, MI
August 14 – Rex Theater | Pittsburgh, PA
August 16 – Shalin Liu Performance Center | Rockport, MA
August 18 – Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA
August 19 – Port City Music Hall | Portland, ME
August 20 – Blue Ocean Music Hall | Salisbury, MA
August 22 – World Café Live | Philadelphia, PA
August 249:30 Club | Washington, DC
August 25 – The Jefferson Theater | Charlottesville, VA
August 31 – Epcot | Orlando, FL
September 1 – Epcot | Orlando, FL
September 3 – Capitol Theatre | Clearwater, FL

Alongside producer Dann Huff, Delta Rae is putting the finishing touches on their A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE EP, which is slated for release this Spring.

Get to know Delta Rae: http://deltarae.com/introduction.

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