Reign Lee

Reign Lee

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Captivating melodies, overdriven guitars and lush strings provide the perfect desert landscape for Reign Lee's haunting voice. Recommended if you like singer-songwriters with an edge.

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Biography

REIGN LEE BIOGRAPHY

Alternative artist, Reign Lee’s lyrical yet dynamic style has firmly established her as a singer-songwriter with an edge. Drawing a list of comparisons as diverse as Patti Smith, the Smashing Pumpkins, PJ Harvey, Annie Lennox, Nirvana and Tegan and Sara – the chameleonic musician has carved out her own brand of what it means to be alternative by combining rock, pop, folk and electronica.

Reign was born off the beaten track in the town of Hamilton, Ontario. She has lived, worked, and studied in Ontario, Alberta, Arizona, Beijing, Illinois, New York, Hong Kong and Belgium. Born to a European-Canadian mother & a Chinese father, Reign's multi-cultural background helped sow the seeds for her restless travels to the ends of the world.

Reign has won the International Free Ride Song Contest. She has received 2 Honorable Mentions in Mike Pinder's Bandwars for her songs ‘SUMMER FADED’ and ‘BURN’ from her album “BROKEN SKYLINES.” She has also received Honor Awards in the 11th and 12th Annual Unisong International Songwriting Contest, the Top Finalist honor in the 2007 Great American Song Contest and has been nominated for an Independent Music Award.

Her popular song, ‘BUILT TO LAST’ from her album “HOLDING BACK THE BEAST” was selected to be part of Microsoft and Reverbnation’s Sponsored Songs campaign and she recently signed a licensing deal with RUMBLEFISH – the world’s largest online music catalog.

Her acclaimed songs, “SLEEPER CARS” and “I BLEED”, from her album, “ANGELS IN THE DIRT”, have also gained interest from MTV and The Voice.

She’s been a guest on the Tim Qualls show as well as CBS’s popular program ‘Virginia This Morning.’ She’s also been a featured artist on Fearless Radio's New Music Binge and ABC networks online indie music showcase, Fame Games.

Reign’s live performances have drawn comparisons with Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Smashing Pumpkins and Thom Yorke. She’s opened for acclaimed singer-songwriter, Joseph Arthur and Canadian indie darlings, The Besnard Lakes. Her EP, “ANGELS IN THE DIRT,” has fallen into rotation all over the world and particularly garnered attention from Crystal Blue Radio in New York, Radio Basingstoke in England, RTHK in Hong Kong and Women of Substance Radio in the US. TIME OUT magazine described the tracks on the EP as 'cinematic.’

Reign Lee has played in venues all over the world. She's completed 4 tours of the US and the UK and is currently working on a forthcoming album and tour. She also keeps busy as the founding editor of INDIE MAG.

Reign is currently the #1 Alternative Artist in Brussels, Belgium.

Lyrics

Summer Faded

Written By: Reign Lee

Summer, hits deep
The waves are crashing on the shore
Your love, empty
Is fading fast forevermore

Time slips away, fades to grey
But I can’t see you for the dawn.
It’s all around, it hits the ground
It’s mired deep where we belong.
It’s all the same, you never change
But I keep bracing for the calm.
It’s in the air, your guilty stare
Wondering where it all went wrong…

Summer, hits deep...

Those pretty birds, eat their words
And try to flee their gilded cage.
Where bursting stars, turn crashing cars
Into theories I can’t gauge.
Your demons drown, your thorny crown
It is a diamond in the waves.
They scheme for more, the wage of war
Can turn a storm into a rage…

Summer, hits deep...

But I’m losing you – tear it down
Seas flood the earth – let it drown
It’s you I deserve – come down
In jealous tides…

Summer, hits deep
The waves are crashing on the shores
Your love, empty
Is fading fast forevermore

Helena

Written By: Reign Lee

Helena, it’s what you see as right I’ve got you in my sights
But we must say goodnight
Helena, a thorn in my heart
I feel it when we part
A shot in the dark
 
So now, when everything is clear
Who do I see in the mirror?
Staring back at me

Helena, can’t you see
They haunt you, even in your dreams
All the way, to the river’s edge...
   
Helena, where did you go?
Salvation comes so slow
Even in the flow
Helena, it cuts so deep
But baby, when you bleed
That sweet release
 
So now, when it disappears
Who do you see in the mirror?
Someone not free
 
Helena, can’t you see
They haunt you, until you can't breathe
All the way, to the river’s edge..
(Until the summer’s end)
 
With bitter tears in mind
She cries, She cries
 
Helena, can't you see…
 
© 2007 Vereign Records

Burn

Written By: Reign Lee

I thought I saw you in a dream
Late at night I can’t sleep
Planets orbiting the sun
Break the silence, speak in tongues
 
We fall so deep into the black
Off the rails and off the track
A thousand orchids for my love
Raining hell down from above
 
I…..burn
 
With bitter symphonies in mind
A thousand rivers where I’ve cried
The seasons turn and cast their spell
I threw my wishes in the well
 
But shallow waters weep
Don’t leave me drowning in the deep
I need you always, everywhere
My love’s a destroyer in the air
 
I…..burn
 
I thought I saw you in a dream
Late at night I can’t sleep
For every season change and turn
But my love always burns…
 
© 2007 Vereign Records

Weaker States

Written By: Reign Lee

These weaker states/ blow my mind
You should’ve known/ it fades with time

You move away/
These weaker states/ blow my mind.
I should’ve known/
You were dying on the vine…

These vampires/ that drain on you
Feed a hunger/ inherent in me too
I can see the end/ the end of you
You…

You move away/
These weaker states/ blow my mind.
I should’ve known/
You were dying on the vine.
This thirst in me/
Chase it down/ just like wine.
You blow my mind.

Built to Last

Written By: Reign Lee

I was dreaming when I met you/ I was standing in the rain
Edging out the corners/and feeling so insane
Heading out to nowhere/with nothing in between
Burning all my bridges/ and feeling so obscene

Blowing every cover/ I was waiting for a sign
Pretty like the river/ swimming with the swine
Cradling my bruises/ I can see your tears
Flowing like the river/ but drifting like the years

It hit me like a river/ I was dreaming of the past
Rumours built like nightmares/ and nightmares built to last
Magenta in the mirror/ shimmer when she shines
Madeira when she shivers/crawling up my spine

Breaking in the morning/ setting on the sea
Nothing left to sever/ but broken parts of me
I’m rising from the ashes/ my anger is a flame
Bleeding through the edges/ and burning in my veins

I was dreaming when I met you/ I was dreaming of the past
Mistakes I put between us/ and mistakes are Built to Last

Run, Rabbit

Written By: Reign Lee; Music by Reign Lee & William Blake Althen

Graceless eyes that never see
Arms that bind as sentries
Rising up through the mire
Burning through rings of fire

On your belly, underneath
Waves in floods of guilty streams
Blood and blisters on your hands
Leave it all for brighter sands

Holding back your tears
And run, rabbit, run
Drifting with the years
And run, rabbit, run

Blackened thorns taint the skin
All your breath to hold within
Jealousy inside my mind
Envelopes me in broken tides

Thoughts that taunt you when you sleep
All there is and that could be
Drowning in the driving rain
Blades of glass through fields of pain

Holding back your tears
And run, rabbit, run
Drifting with the years
And run, rabbit, run

Blood Red River

Written By: Reign Lee

I heard a crack on the phone
After the lights all went out
Not a whisper was heard
I left behind all my doubt

Armies in trenches resume
They hold the key to the past
Sometimes the memories fade
Sometimes the memories last

In the river,
In the blood red river

She said the room has a view
She speaks in chaotic sounds
She lit a match then a fuse
She burnt the house to the ground

Tongues speak of searing truths
But it cuts like a knife
After the clouds fell apart
After the stars all went blind

In the river,
In the blood red river
In the river,
In the blood red

She buried him underground
But the voices remain
Take to the desert roads
Where it washes away

Then they poisoned the well
They stole the national trust
Ashes to glorious ash
And dust to dust

In the river,
In the blood red river

I cradled her in my arms
But we burnt all the maps
The walls of Jericho fall
Into the great expanse

Now they’re turning the tide
From shades of blue to black
‘Cause when the devil speaks
You lose your soul in the cracks

In the river,
In the blood red river
In the river,
In the blood red

And the river is wide…
We are dead by sunrise

It’s in the water now
Flowing through my veins
Underneath my skin
In the desert rain

It’s like a thorn in my side
But I can’t let you go
After you stole my heart
And crucified my soul

In the river,
In the blood red river
In the river,
In the blood red river
In the river,
In the blood red river
In the river,
In the blood red.

Angels In the Dirt

Written By: Reign Lee

They told me not to ever let you go
Leave your broken heart in Mexico
We can’t seem to keep it alive
Between the continents and great divide

You are a liar
You are a thief
You are the broken
You broke me

What you made me say
‘Cause I made you stay
And we break like angels in reverse
If I am a lie
You are the curse

They never ever let me out of my cage
Funny how you can’t control a rage
Inside this gaping hole
You took my heart then you took my soul

You are the fire
That I feed
You are a prisoner
It imprisons me

What you made me say
‘Cause I made you stay
And we break like angels in the dirt
If I am a lie
You are the curse

They keep us broken in the divide
Swimming in the ocean tide
21 guns in their eyes…

You are a liar
I am a thief
You are the broken
You broke me

What you made me say
‘Cause I made you stay
And we break this way
And it kills the pain
What you made me say
‘Cause I made you stay
And it’s you I blame in the dirt
If I am a lie
You are the curse

Sleeper Cars

Written By: Reign Lee

Way down the road, we’re losing everything
Time moves so slow, I can’t break these chains
Into the undertow, but you should know

Don’t care if it rains, I’m going home
Time to kill the pain, but I’m going it alone
You could shoot your brains, but it won’t change

Let’s fly away/ in your sleeper car, and
Watch the distance fade/ but we won’t go too far
We can crash right here/ under the stars
In your sleeper car

Do you ever feel, like you’ve disappeared?
When time’s stood still, everything you feared
Begins the slow kill, of what you will

They race to the end, in their death machines
Spirits in descent, little tiny Cobains
They want to make the scene, what does it mean?

Let’s fly away/ in your sleeper car, and
Watch the distance fade/ but we won’t go too far
We can crash right here/ under…

The stars exploding in your eyes
Like diamonds burning fireflies
Raging rivers, Zionists collide
Tonight…

Let’s fly away/ in your sleeper car, and
Watch the distance fade/ but we won’t go too far
We can crash right here/ under the stars
In your sleeper car…
In your sleeper car…
In your sleeper car…

I Bleed

Written By: Reign Lee

It cuts like a knife, then fades away
Falling through you
It slips through my hands, caught in a wave
There's a light behind you

Run
To the trees
On your knees

Your skin is so white, it breaks in the sun
Feel my breath slow down
We sleep with dead angels, in the raging sea
Hit the ground and...

Run
To the sea
Begging please

I broke my back, you broke my fall
Let it blister
Under the moon, a jagged beam
Cuts through you

Run
To the trees
On your knees
Begging please

I bleed
I bleed
I bleed

Discography

"Angels In the Dirt" EP released by Vereign Records in November 2010
"Holding Back the Beast" EP released by Vereign Records/Human Factor Productions in May 2008
"Broken Skylines" LP released by Vereign Records in August 2007
"Open State" Limited Release LP released by Vereign Records in March 2006

Set List

Typical sets run from 45 - 60 mins. But set times can be adjusted according to gig requirements.