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"Candi For Your Ear"

Five of South Africa’s leading house DJ’s have mixed an exclusive triple-disc CD set with over 40 thumping tracks for the country’s most formidable dance music label. Are you impressed? You should be! Get ready for the sounds of Soul Candi Session Three. It’s here - and it’s going to be massive!

The head-honchos at SoulCandi Music have pulled out all the stops to ensure that SoulCandi Sessions Three is something we’ve never seen or heard before. The project was ambitious and they would settle for nothing less than a single compilation with three cds packed with the best dance music producers in Mzansi and the world. Once that was done, they threw Terance, Kentphonic (Kent, Euphonik & Tumi) and Roger Goode in a studio and let them spin their magic mixing talents.

With tracks like Novaspace – Time after Time, Lorayne – Something About You, Mr V – Da Bump and many more, SoulCandi Session Three is sure to surpass the success of the series. Previous Session albums have been released to huge critical acclaim and are amongst the best-selling House music compilations in South Africa - both achieving Gold status.

*Lorayne's note: This has now gone platinum, with Lorayne's "Something About You" becoming a major hit.

Please visit www.lorayne.com for more press items and release info. - djfresh.com/news.html


Discography

Albums:

Souvenirs (2007) - rel. date (TBD). To include VH1's Song of the Year winning track Something About You (original album version of the hit club single), Fate (appears on Dawson's Creek Season Six - rel. by Sony April 4, 2006), An Oasis (also on Mental Notes Volume One Compilation) and many more in the seductive/world/alternative rock genres.

Singles:

Something About You (Remix Single) - rel. by Deeplay Music (February 8, 2006); now a platinum-certified club hit in South Africa and Europe.

EPs:

Samples (5 Song EP) - self released; all tracks signed to film/TV licensing deal for placement into TV shows and feature films.

Soundtracks:

Dawson's Creek (Season Six) - feature's Lorayne's Fate. Released by Sony (April 4th, 2006)

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“I’ve always had a very strong belief in myself,” says award-winning songwriter, producer and six-year cancer survivor Lorayne, who bet that the ways back to health and to musical success would come from within.

It was the late 90s when Lorayne, lead singer and guitarist for a rising three-piece alt rock band, found herself lying in a hospital bed on IVs just days after a doctor’s flawed prescription created debilitating new health problems: “That was the day my world changed,” she says. “I returned home a different person. My health was ruined. Surviving was a constant battle.” Bedridden for months, she couldn’t continue playing, and had to put her dreams on hold. She wished her two band mates good luck and set about finding her way back to health.

When able, she wrote new songs on her acoustic guitar in between doctors’ visits and working odd jobs with no health benefits. Says Lorayne: “music became an island of sanity within a sea of turmoil” about her condition, which confounded doctors, resulted in endlessly frustrating misdiagnoses and prescriptions that in many cases only made things worse. “I developed so many digestive and immunity problems that for some fleeting moments I thought the worst.”

Lorayne finally got a break when she found her way to alternative healthcare through a friend whose niece had suffered similarly and nearly died. At last, she had a name for what was happening to her: Systemic Candidiasis, caused by pharmaceutical injury. “Knowing what I was dealing with made things easier, though things were still pretty horrific.” Lorayne was put on therapies that over time relieved some of her ailments, and she used her newfound energy to continue writing and producing new songs. Sending a rough early demo of Fate to the Billboard Song Contest, she was encouraged when the song came back with high ratings and an Honorable Mention.

Sensing more opportunities, she pursued music leads in Australia, Los Angeles and New York City to work on projects she hoped would yield an album, but in 2001, fatigue and a lingering sick feeling caught up with her once again. The diagnosis this time was malignant melanoma. Deciding to forgo further surgery, Lorayne “gave up allopathic medicine for good. Five years of unrelenting health issues and financial destitution culminating with cancer were enough for me.” She took another chance on alternative medicine, this time offshore. “I was prepared to do whatever it took to get my health back so I could continue my pursuit of music.”

Lorayne underwent a powerful round of anti-cancer protocols while further honing her sound. Rejecting what she lovingly calls the “sellout deal”, she bypassed a management company’s offer of a chance at stardom in return for singing guaranteed label hits and completely changing her image. Instead, she wrote, self-produced and released a six-track EP in 2003, Samples, which led to a film and TV licensing contract for all her songs. 2004 brought even more accolades with Lorayne winning VH1’s Song of the Year contest in the Electronic/Dance category and signing her first recording contract with Sweden’s Deeplay Music for Something About You. 2005 saw Lorayne win Song of the Year for a second time with Dream3. In 2006, her song Fate was released by Sony Pictures Television on its Dawson’s Creek Season Six DVD, Something About You earned Lorayne an international hit, An Oasis was released on the Mental Notes CD compilation, and Dream3 was released by New York label Liquid Fusion and sent to the Grammies.

Fate, An Oasis and Something About You are featured on her new album, Souvenirs. The album centers on Lorayne’s singular voice backed by an intimate, atmospheric indie rock soundscape. Its raw, edgy ambience is at once a culmination of her artistic growth and reflective of the chances she took in successfully recovering from a serious long-term illness.

“I’ve won my bets, and I am ready. I am very focused on Souvenirs and the messages it conveys. I feel a deep discontent with most of today’s music—that it does not speak to us from a genuine place. So I figure on being part of the solution—as part of a newly energized movement toward recovering that lost authenticity."