America Rocks – Madison Rising’s Sells One Million Copies of Star Spangled Banner

September 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Believe, Featured, Leadership, Videos

At a time when it’s popular to be critical of our country, Madison’ Rising is taking a very different approach – including the Star Spangled Banner on their current album along with other patriotic songs with a hard rock twist. It’s certainly not the traditional sound but it’s sure to resonate with a younger, patriotic audience. The Star Spangled Banner single has now sold one million copies. Who said patriotism was dead.

According  to their website, “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.”

With an original goal to sell 1 million copies of the Star Spangled Banner they’re onto their goal of 5 Million. Let’s help them out.. Rock on America!!!


Once Dubbed the “Ugliest Woman”, Lizzie is a Beautiful Example of Determination

September 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Believe, Inspire

If you’ve ever felt ugly, weak, inferior or bullied you might appreciate this story. .

In a world filled with expectations around beauty, size and weight it’s easy to get down on yourself. Let’s face it, the world can be mean… even cruel. Meet Lizzie Valesquez who the “internet” dubbed the “Ugliest Woman” while she was still in highschool. If highschool wasn’t tough enough, try living with that moniker.

During a mean-spirited eight second video posted on Youtube, the darker side of human beings came out. If the video itself wasn’t bad enough. The comments that followed were devastating. Viewers called her everything, including a monster. One, went so far as to encourage her to “Kill Herserlf.” These comments would be hard to read at any age, but in highschool they could have been devastating.

Life has been difficult for Lizzie who was born premature with an undiagnosed disease. Her mother relates stories of purchasing doll clothes for her daughter, who was too small for regular clothing. Along with only two other people, Lizzie is unable to maintain any type of body fat. In addition to looking different, this presents difficulty when the body attempts to store nutrients which normally reside in fatty tissue. The disease requires that she must eat every fifteeen minutes just to have enough energy to get through the day, a day that can be filled with cruel comments.

According to her website (, “In a time when many people change their appearance in order to feel accepted, she has accepted herself with extraordinarily positive self-esteem.  Her attitude, not her syndrome, is contagious.”

While Lizzie admits the mean comments still hurt, she refuses to be defeated. Today she is a successful motivational speaker and twice published author who shares a positive message.  “Her second (book), shares her advice on being unique, how to make and keep good friends, dealing with bullying and negativity, the art of personal meditation, talking to God in your own words, and setting realistic goals.”

Way to go Lizzie, you are a beautiful example of determination and success.