Reni Laine

Reni Laine

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Alt Rock piano based singer/songwriter

Biography

Performing in the Virgin Mobile/MTV First Ladies ad campaign on MTV, Reni Laine has already realized a dream at the age of 20. In 2007, she has been featured in Nylon Magazine, blogged on Gawker and Last Night’s Party, and toured in Europe - all while attending Columbia University.

"Looking more like a poised veteran on MTV’s ‘Unplugged’ than an up-and-coming songstress," gushes CollegeClub, "Reni’s voice was as beautiful as Sarah McLachlan’s and soulful like Fiona Apple’s." She has played large-scale venues like Amsterdam’s The Melkweg, Norfolk's The Norva as well as NYC haunts like Pianos, The Cutting Room, and The Knitting Factory.

While helping raise her sister of autism and struggling through her parents’ divorce at the age of 13, Reni found solace in her piano. Initially inspired by the romance of Debussy and Chopin, she fell in love with the rock of U2, Tori Amos, and Radiohead. Nylon writes, “Some people seem to exist just to make the rest of us look like slackers. Reni Laine is one of them. Her songs, composed and played on the piano, are tightly woven melodies with lyrics that express youthful longing, but never lose their tough edge. Sappy sentimentality is certainly not her thing.”

Her debut CD American Baby is available on her website and through the iTunes music store worldwide. In 2008, American Baby will see a release in Europe, as well as collaboration in the funky East Village hybrid The Rabbit with partner/producer David Pattillo and singer-songwriter whiz David Poe.

Lyrics

Choices

Written By: Reni Laine / David Pattillo

So many cities so alive in the distance shining
So many roads beneath your feet stretched out and winding
So many people voices in the distance tell you where to turn
So many places unknown spaces all these lessons to learn

You will make these choices all alone
To find a life that you can call your own

So many songs to sing so many strangers that will pass you by
So many words inside your head will they ever come out right?
So many expectations situations can you make it shine?
So many memories your friends and enemies they live inside

You will make these choices all alone
To find a life that you can call your own

The path that you take
Can you live with your mistake?
Can you rise from the ground
And see the world all around?
And fly to the moon
And make your move?

You will make these choices all alone
To find a life that you can call your own
You will make these choices
You will make these choices

You’re high you’re low
Do you know where to go?
You’re high you’re low
Do you know where to go?

Ghost Inside

Written By: Reni Laine

I won’t survive this way
Your shadows darken my day
I see you when I turn away
You’re haunting me in every way

Stand up face the ghost inside
Reach out there’s nothing more to hide
Take aim at what you can’t divide
Haunting you through and through

Tossing turning losing sleep
Will you ever let me be?
Can you let go of your destiny
Break the chains and set this free

Stand up face the ghost inside
Reach out there’s nothing more to hide
Take aim at what you can’t divide
Haunting you through and through

Can you breathe
Can you believe
Make it through the night

Stand up face the ghost inside
Reach out there’s nothing more to hide
Take aim at what you can’t divide
Haunting you through and through
Haunting you
Haunting you
Haunting you

Place For Us

Written By: Reni Laine / David Pattillo

There's a time, there's a place for us
There's a life, there's a space for us
With a kiss we can go straight there
With a kiss, we can go anywhere

I believe there's a place for us
I believe there's a place for us

With a touch
You could set the world free
Me for you and you for me
Can you forgive all the lives we've lived
And the blood inside your skin
Searching in the dark you know it's time
To let the light in

I believe there's a place for us
There's a life there's a space for us
There's a sweet state of grace for us
There's an open embrace for us

Discography

American Baby - Flow NY (2007)
Reni Laine - Demo - Self Released (2005)

Set List

Giants
American Baby
Garden of One
Easy Way In
Choices
Swim
The Ghost Inside
Drowning in You
Crowded Solitude
Misguided Angel
Beautiful Boy
Place for Us
Wild Eye Love
Candy Girl
Homo Superstar
Big Exit (PJ Harvey)