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Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:57

Lesbian Band 'Antigone Rising' to Donate 5% of Proceeds From Pledge Music Campaign to GLAAD

Written by  Mona Elyafi

Antigone Rising


Antigone Rising, the all-female-boot-stompin'-alt-country-rock band from New York, has launched a Pledge Music campaign to raise funds, guerrilla style, for the recording, promotion, marketing and touring for their upcoming TWO new EPs, "Whiskey & Wine - Volume 1" and "Whiskey & Wine - Volume 2".

The fundraising campaign kicks off today at with 5% of the proceeds to be donated to GLAAD upon hitting the targeted goal. The campaign is also granting backers the opportunity to get an exclusive advanced digital download of "Whiskey & Wine - Volume 1" before it's available anywhere.

Asking their fans to be an integral part of the new project, Antigone Rising is offering exclusive incentives for ultimate access into the band's 2014 exciting musical journey. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all their fans!Antigone Rising, the band that exploded into the spotlight in 2005 becoming the first band on Starbuck’s Hear Music (Lava Records) selling over 150,000 copies of their debut LP, is set to release not one, but TWO 5-song EPs this year.

The first EP, "Whiskey & Wine - Volume 1", featuring the singles Everything Changes, Whiskey & Wine, Call Me Crazy, Magnolia on the Breeze, Get To You, is already completed and will drop March 25, 2014. The second one, "Whiskey & Wine - Volume 2", still in its production phase, is set to come out October 28, 2014.

Starting on March 25, 2014, the band will begin a never ending cycle, one song at a time, releasing a music video, followed by an acoustic or alternate mix version. The goal is to provide audiences a variety of online content from video interviews to blog posts all year long. Treating each song as a single, the band will dedicate 6 to 8 weeks on the individual promotion of each of the five songs featured on 'Whiskey & Wine Volume 1', and will keep the cycle going all through Fall when 'Whiskey & Wine Volume 2,' gets its October 28 release.

In the meantime, Antigone Rising is hitting the road again with tour dates lined-up across the US including an upcoming performance early February on the leadership and equality cruise sponsored by Olivia, along with The Indigo Girls.

The fab four comprised of Nini Camps (lead singer), Dena Tauriello (drums) and founding sisters Kristen Henderson (bass/vocals) and Cathy Henderson (guitar/vocals), are showing no sign of slowing down!

After releasing the 2011 album "23 Red" to great success, touring with acts such as The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Bangles and Rob Thomas, and traveling to the Middle East, spending time in Israel and the West Bank as cultural ambassadors for the United States Embassy, the band introduced last summer its latest single (and accompanying music video), "That Was The Whiskey". The infectiously catchy tune, which was co-written with Nashville songwriter Lori McKenna (Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes) received praise from critics as a foot stompin' mash up, perfectly blending the band's ability to rock with their gift for writing undeniably catchy songs. The video for the single premiered on, trending in the top 10:

The band has already been turning up everywhere from the pages of Billboard, Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post to appearances on The Today Show and The Tonight Show, among others.

Time Mag Antigone Rising Glaad

More recently, Kristen Ellis-Henderson garnered much media attention when she and her wife, business executive Sarah Kate Ellis (who was recently appointed president and CEO of GLAAD), were featured on the cover of TIME Magazine's groundbreaking April 8,2013 Marriage Equality issue (

Having dazzled audiences across the globe and invaded our iPods, Antigone Rising has never been more primed to take the musical world by storm!

For more information about Antigone Rising, including upcoming tour dates go to:

Photo of the band: Kathleen DiResta


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