Valley Rising Compilation Album Vol. III

Northampton, MA, 8/12/2014--- On Sunday September 28th, 9 bands from the Pioneer Valley will perform together to celebrate the release of the Valley Rising Compilation Album, Volume 3.

15 great judges from across the music industry reviewed 60+ songs and scored them based on performance and composition.  From those scores we took the top 9 artists and assembled an album of the best music growing right here in the Pioneer Valley!!

The Valley Rising Compilation Album (VRCA) was launched by The Collective Music Group in 2011. Now in its third incarnation, the VRCA project aims to showcase the great talent being developed in our own backyard, while also giving artists a platform to share fans, songs, and marketing ideas. “Western MA is a breeding ground for amazing music with plenty of national potential.” Says CMG founder Jamie Kent. “The Valley sometimes gets snubbed in the shadow of the Boston music scene, but honestly, I think what we’ve got going on is so much better. This project is designed to really put a spotlight on our homegrown artists, both for our local community, and the industry that’s keeping tabs on what’s going on in MA.”  Empowering independent musicians is also one of CMG’s biggest missions, and another big part of the VRCA.  “Fan sharing, co-writing, cross marketing, and collaboration are absolutely key to being successful as an independent musician these days.” Say Kent. “The more we work together, the easier the journey will be for all of us.” Most importantly, proceeds from the album and release party will go to benefit the Northampton Community Music Center, a place where many of the musicians involved first become involved with music at a young age.

Fans can be a part of this special night on Sunday September 28th at The Iron Horse in downtown Northampton. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the show will kick off at 7pm.  Tickets are $12.50 in advance from the NBO and at www.iheg.com or $15 at the door.