iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Media and Entertainment and Macy’s congratulate The Summer Set, a Scottsdale, Arizona based pop rock band, on winning the second Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star Campaign. The Summer Set will now have the opportunity to perform alongside music’s biggest stars at this year’s iconic two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on September 20 and 21.
The Summer Set consists of vocalist Brian Dales; guitarist, backing vocalist and pianist John Gomez; bassist Stephen Gomez; guitarist Josh Montgomery; and drummer Jess Bowen. Formed by brothers John and Stephen as teenagers, the band released their first full-length album Love Like This in 2009, and its sophomore album Everything’s Fine in 2011. The quintet quickly became a phenomenon throughout the independent music scene and continued to hone their irresistible brand of feel-good pop through major television syncs on “Dancing With The Stars,” MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” “10 on Top” and “Hard Times of RJ Berger.” The band’s third album Legendary, which released April 16 on Fearless Records, debuted at No. 3 on the iTunes Pop Charts and No. 9 on the overall iTunes Chart. The album’s first single “Boomerang” surpassed an impressive 10,000 digital sales in its first week of release and is also the featured track in the Rising Star campaign. The music video for “Boomerang” premieres today on VEVO.
Last year, iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) radio listeners, iHeartRadio fans and Macy’s shoppers cast more than two million votes for their favorite up-and-coming artists. This year, fans tripled their participation, surpassing six million votes across the country and crowning The Summer Set as the 2013 Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising star. The campaign also featured five in-store performances by the Top 5 finalists where hundreds of fans flocked to Macy’s stores to see live performances of the must-hear breakout artists of 2013.
“It’s such a surreal dream come true,” said Brian Dales of The Summer Set. “Entering this competition was unlike anything we’ve done in our career and I still have a hard time believing we won. Legends (The Summer Set’s fans) are the best fans in the world for coming together in support of this moment. I’m so excited to see all the doors this may open and I want to say thanks to Macy’s, iHeartRadio and Fearless Records. Here’s to the future”