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PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, names Delta Rae as its September Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month's on-air segments today, September 4, in the 4 p.m. hour.

Siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Holljes, along with Elizabeth Hopkins, Mike McKee, and Grant Emerson make up Delta Rae - an up-and-coming folk rock band from Durham, North Carolina. Though the group has only recently debuted on the popular music scene, its history dates back many years to the Holljes siblings' childhood where Ian, Eric, and Brittany were raised on such greats as James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac, and Paul Simon. Elizabeth Hopkins, a childhood friend, along with McKee and Emerson, was added along the way, and Delta Rae became the six-piece powerhouse it is today. Their debut album, Carry The Fire, was released on Sire Records in June of this year and has already gained them quite a following as it features the band's incredible vocal talent, lyricism, and musicianship that makes it unique. Delta Rae performed at the XPoNential Music Festival this past July, and won over the audience quickly with their vocal prowess and powerfully themed music.

"One thing that's for sure is that Delta Rae does not lack ambition or appeal on their album Carry the Fire. And simply stated these kids can flat-out sing," says Mike Vasilikos, Assistant Music Director and On-Air Host at WXPN. "The six-piece band, featuring four vocalists, is from North Carolina and they pounce onto the music scene with a collection of songs rooted in their southern upbringing and gospel inspired vocal blend. Carry the Fire is a lively attempt at Americana flavored with plenty of pop sensibility."

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Since 2003, the XPN Artists To Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN's commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.