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"Peer Review - Virgil Scott"

The first time I heard Rainey was at an Open Mic setting, with a live band backing her. As she started I noticed she took full control of the stage and I actually said out loud, "What the hell?", I was captured. What a beautiful pure voice and for the next five minutes I was in one of those moments you don't forget. I have heard my share of great singers in my career, but only every once in a while do you hear a voice like hers. I had to meet her and let her know how fabulous I thought she was. Since then I have seen her sing live several times and I have had her in the recording studio to sing on four [unreleased] jingles. She was a trooper from BG's to changing of keys , to phrasing, everything I threw at her, she took care of very well. I know there will be a time when I will see her in the future and say, I knew her when..She will be a fantastic addition to the Canadian music business..

Virgil Scott
- Virgil Scott


"Peer Review - Thomas Barlow"

I met Rainey Smith at a Jam Night I host about 2 years ago. I was impressed with the maturity of her stage presence and with the immediate likability of her performance personae. I was equally impressed by her excellent vocal tone and pitch in spite of the inherent sound issues of a typical open jam environment. I have hired Rainey for both live and studio sessions and find her level professionalism to be that of a veteran musician. She has a remarkable combination of passion for music, talent and an understanding of the work ethic required to succeed in the industry. Sadly these traits are sorely lacking in many of her peers.
I have recommended her for several gigs with confidence that she will deliver and I believe that is the highest accolade I can provide,
Sincerely

Tom Barlow - Thomas Barlow


Discography

Videos:

"I Wish" - Stevie Wonder Cover
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lean__tNOEk

"I Know You Know" - Esperanza Spalding Cover
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_x7rP0JpdA&feature=relmfu

Original Music:

'Strange Road' - 2012 (unreleased)
'What's It All About' - 2012 (unreleased)

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The Lady Behind “Lady Bourbon”; Rainey Smith

Everyone says that Toronto-based rock singer & songwriter Rainey Smith is a natural: it’s obvious that she possesses the gift of a versatile voice and an ease and comfort on stage. What sets Rainey Smith apart is an extremely apparent joy she has when performing; it never looks like a job, no matter the gig or audience. That joy comes out in her sound and presentation, especially in the rock genre.
Her strong voice is what adds the rock and roll medicine that ‘Lady Bourbon’ is known for.
Rainey understands the lay of the landscape. “It’s about time I start playing my own tunes, songs that mean more to me than just pop nostalgia." She's looking far ahead: writing now, training and flexing creative muscles, but planning for the release of the band’s first EP in the summer of 2013. "That album will be coming at just about the best time for us. I’ve had lots of time to write this year and really get to know myself musically, so I'm beginning to get a sense of where this is headed.”
For those who haven’t heard Rainey Smith sing before, here's the kind of stuff you can hear trailing along the grapevine behind her :
“It’s her tone, it’s super pure and warm when she wants it to be, but dirty when it’s appropriate. She’s very malleable when it comes to her delivery; the songs just seem to ooze out of her.” Tyler Yarema
Her instrument has a unique vocal timbre, and plenty of intensity and dynamic power. Combine this charisma, willingness to succeed, and fairly fearless stage presence, and there isn’t much mystery as to why the grassroots of the music industry invited her in at the tender age of eighteen.

“I have heard my share of great singers in my career, but only every once in a while do you hear a voice like hers… I had to meet her. Since then I have seen her sing live several times and I have had her in the recording studio to sing on four [unreleased] jingles.” Virgil Scott

She does not lack for that certain kind of confidence: “I was impressed with the maturity of her stage presence and with the immediate likability of her performance personae… I have hired Rainey for both live and studio sessions and find her level professionalism to be that of a veteran musician.” Tom Barlow

Rainey has participated as an avid player in the Toronto bar and club circuit now for over four years. Her repertoire of over 1200 tunes has had a major hand in helping her get corporate work. “I was approached by Michael Vieira in 2008, just weeks after I graduated high school, asking me to join his corporate jobbing band. We’re attending our 5 year of a company’s annual Christmas gala this December.”

Rainey’s ability to cover artists in varying genres and learn tunes in a short amount of time are two of her most practical qualities. “I’m always impressed by how quickly she picks up a tune; I never have to worry about her performance on a gig.” M. Vieira

To some, it might appear as if Rainey has great strokes of luck when it comes to settling in with the right people. Before she turned twenty, she was working with heavy players such as Tyler Yarema (Jeff Healey, Doug Riley), Richard Underhill (Blue Rodeo, Andy Stochansky, Kevin Breit), Thomas Barlow (Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam), Tom Lewis (Beach Boys, Moody Blues, Tom Cochrane, Amanda Marshall), Shamakah Ali (Earth Wind and Fire, Rich Brown, Chaka Khan), and Al Webster (Amanda Marshall, Jeff Healey) and Emmy Award winning Phil Naro, to name a few.
The self-titled EP will feature 6 tunes that Rainey has written or co-written.

She's circled August of 2013 for her CD release at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.