The Summer Set Wins iHeart Radio’s “Rising Star” Campaign! @the_summer_set @iHeartRadio

the summer setClear 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, 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”

In addition to performing alongside major music stars at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, The Summer Set will kick-off their victory celebration with special performances during this summer’s Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama® events. Macy’s iconic high-fashion and entertainment extravaganzas feature the latest fashion from the hottest designers, show-stopping dance, visuals and staging, as well as incredible musical and other performances. Macy’s Glamorama this year is themed “Fashion in a New Light,” and will highlight the mystery and magic of illumination. Summer Set will open the shows on August 2 in Minneapolis and August 9 in Chicago, followed by two shows in late September slated for Los Angeles and San Francisco.   Tickets are available for purchase at

Last fall’s iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest featured performances by some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Usher, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Swedish House Mafia, No Doubt, Brad Paisley, Pitbull, deadmau5, Miranda Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, P!nk, Mary J. Blige and Calvin Harris. The 2013 star-studded line-up will be announced this summer.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.