R. City Given Key To U.S. Virgin Islands – Sept. 27 Is Now R. City Day

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R. City Receives Key to Virgin Islands

R. City Receives Key to Virgin Islands

 

Biggups, kudos, best wishes congrats, and every other apropos adjective to describe R. City’s huge accomplishment!  R. City (aka Rock City) was honored in a big way at the Virgin Islands Legislature this week where the brothers, Timothy and Theron Thomas, were given the key to the Virgin Islands on behalf of Governor Kenneth Mapp and Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter.

Gov. Mapp and the V.I. Legislature officially proclaimed September 27, 2016, as R. City Day. The governor said he was pleased to sign Act 7824 into law earlier this year honoring the Thomas brothers for their many accomplishments in the music industry and for serving as both role models and goodwill ambassadors for the territory.

Red Carpet Shelley with Rock City at PXP Fest 2016

Red Carpet Shelley with Rock City at PXP Fest 2016

 

The hit-making brother duo are no strangers to the music industry.  The have been writing and producing for any and everybody in the music game including Rihanna, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, The Game and the list goes on!   This year, however the duo rose to global prominence with their hit single Locked Away, featuring Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine.  That song has been viewed over 400 million times on YouTube.

“Their musical talent is undisputed,” Mr. Mapp said. “But what makes Timothy and Theron truly remarkable is their ongoing commitment to our territory and the example of determination and perseverance they set for our youth. They continue to exemplify a sense of purpose, a robust work ethic and a tireless devotion to their craft.”

Mr. Potter said R. City provided a “light at the end of the tunnel” for local youth. “We as Virgin Islanders need to appreciate and learn from them,” he said.

The Thomas brothers enthusiastically performed for the crowd gathered in their honor. “I don’t know what to say right now,” Theron said. “My face is hurting from smiling.”Timothy described the experience as amazing and encouraged young Virgin Islanders to follow their dreams.

The brothers agreed that the day truly belonged to their parents, Kebo and Jackie Thomas, who have remained a great source of support and encouragement.  Kebo Thomas now helps encourage others outside his family as a motivational speaker.

“Young people, you only have one life,” he said. “Don’t talk about it – be about it.”

Students from Addelita Cancryn Junior High, Ivanna Eudora Kean and Charlotte Amalie high schools provided musical entertainment at Tuesday’s event.

Senator Janette Millin Young, a prime sponsor of the measure honoring the brothers, spoke of the importance of honoring Virgin Islanders who are impacting the world.

“Oftentimes we hear the words give me my flowers while I am alive. This message was delivered to Theron and Timothy Virgin Islands style. They have captured the attention of the world through music, and have placed a positive spotlight on the Virgin Islands,” Mrs. Millin Young said.

“The law mandates today to be recognized as R. City Day throughout the territory. It also calls for R. City to be the recipients for the first ever Key to the Territory. So young men, you have made history all over again. I was pleased to prime sponsor this legislation because I believed that it is very important that we recognize and show our appreciation to our hometown heroes of our community while they are here on earth to accept it,” she added.

The duo is now on a U.S. tour, sponsored in part by the Department of Tourism. For the concerts, Theron is usually seen with a U.S. Virgin Islands flag wrapped around his waist like a skirt, promoting the territory — as the brothers have done over the years without the urging of anyone, but rather because of their love for the islands.

SOURCE: VI Consortium
RCS SIDEBAR:As many of you know, I love Rock City, not only because we share the same birthplace but they have ALWAYS been humble.  Gotta love that.  I was a supporter way before they became the huge success they are now!   Take a look at a video interview I did with them 7 years ago!!

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