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Rayne's single "Freeze Time" is currently on rotation in California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York.

His debut album is due to be released this fall entitled "Warm Summers, Cold Heartbreaks"



Varun Darmaraj (born 29th February 1992), who records under the mononym Rayne, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer. He was born in Pondicherry, India but later migrated to Singapore at the early age of five. At the age of ten, Varun began the practice of classical piano which initiated his involvement in the musical community. As he matured into his teenage years, he found himself becoming a frequent participant in his church's music ministry, his high school concert/jazz band and school choir. His inspiration began early.

In late 2005, his family migrated to Vancouver, Canada. There he developed a strong appreciation towards instrumentation arrangements in music he was exposed to. This eventually led to him expanding his capabilities by learning to play the guitar and drums. As Varun became more aware of his passion, he started compiling all that he learnt and expressing them as musical compositions. He was instilled with a new passion for music production. Putting together his classical and jazz influences in songs helped him discover his own unique sound.

Varun was always a fan of poetry and admired any good writer. At the age of seventeen, he began writing verses; some with rhyme and rhythm, and some with melody. Inspired by many R&B artists such as Usher, Chris Brown, and Trey Songz, his desire to become a Hip-Hop and R&B artist emerged. He chose the name Rayne since the name, Varun, symbolized the God of Rain in South Asian Mythology.

Rayne's dream of becoming a world renowned Hip-Hop/R&B artist is accompanied with further goals of someday owning his own record label. Apart from making music, he is currently studying for his business degree to provide a strong foundation for the pursuit of his dreams. In early 2012, he was signed by a local record label known as Hammer Records. They are working towards producing and recording Rayne's debut album, starting with his unique single Freeze Time.