Carolee Rainey

Carolee Rainey

Long ago in an earlier lifetime of performing, I did a lot of busking, playing bars, hotels and cruise ships.  There were publishing deals,  almost record deals, voice over’s in movies and a job as A&R for Atlantic Nashville out of LA.  It was a wildly creative time.


Eventually, the tides changed as they so often do, and I  found myself immersed in a different life of painting and photography.  It was deeply satisfying and full of soul searching.  I believe the solitude of being a painter and the exploration of a unique style of painting offered me a different perspective to songwriting.  One art form feeds the other. Not sure if its an innate sense of restlessness or if the winds just knew when to be summoned,  but eventually I put the paintbrush aside in search of a different kind of canvas and palette.


At a particularly low point when I was sure the tide would never come in again,  a friend took me to a Rickie Lee Jones concert.  Always loved her music but never saw her in concert.   The me walking into that concert became transformed, transfixed and re-ignited during those  90 minutes.  Ran back to my dusty piano and started writing songs again.  It was like coming home.   Before I knew it I had written 80 songs in six months and knew I had to make a CD so I could sell something at gigs.    It became a larger than life project and I poured every bit of energy to make it the best album I could.


This LP has turned into two  ‘mini albums’  to be released over the course of 2018.  There are some seriously amazing NYC players;  pianist Clifford Carter (James Taylor),  drummer Doug Yowell ( Suzanne Vega),  bass player Richard Hammond ( Hamilton)  and guitarist Thad Debrock (Comet 1812).  It was masterfully produced and engineered by  Grammy and Oscar winner Robert L. Smith at Avatar Studios just before it closed.




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