Reni Lane

Reni Lane

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In a clear, alluring voice that pulls you into the driving beat, Reni Lane sings, “There's a time, there's a place for us…” It is a fitting beginning to her debut album. Pick any track off of her new album and you instantly recognize who she is: a talented musician with depth and soul...

Biography

In a clear, alluring voice that pulls you into the driving beat, Reni Lane sings, “There's a time, there's a place for us…” It is a fitting beginning to her debut album, and a strong step into the ring by a heavyweight pop contender, a musical powerhouse, whose time is now. Powerhouse? With her orange hair, and tall quirky mystique you might not expect this description, but one listen to her record and powerhouse becomes a most apropos moniker.

Reni Lane’s ride so far has been brisk. Moving to Manhattan at 18, she spent the summer trading songs with east village songwriters at the well-known Sidewalk Café (known for launching the careers of Suzanne Vega, Beck, and Regina Spektor). In the fall she enrolled in Columbia University and set up a makeshift club guerilla style in her dorm room, complete with stage and lights, and began throwing parties. As word of her talent spread she began performing at various campus events and city venues, and eventually by 2007 she was touring Holland with her band, where she played the famous Melweg in Amsterdam. Upon her return stateside, she was approached by MTV to star in their “First Ladies of Rock” ad campaign sponsored by Virgin Mobile, while seminal culture magazine Nylon, did a feature spread on her in their 2008 music issue. Later that year Reni inked a deal with Custard/Universal Motown records.

Now rooted in the East Village, Reni has attracted a sizable and diverse audience all her own. Fusing fashion, cutting edge music, and an exhilarating delivery, the stylish chanteuse has something for everyone. Her magnetic personality and natural stage presence cast a spell on all in attendance who immediately become entranced in the spirit of all things Reni. In fact, her shows have even the most jaded New York crowds dancing and having fun as she triggers music samples with her Nintendo Wii controllers. At her core though, she is a true musician. Whether singing, or playing guitar and piano, this multi-talented artist delivers an exciting show that leaves everyone wanting more; a fact that made her spring residency at New York's Ella Lounge a hot ticket.

The 11 songs from her fall 2009 Custard/Universal Motown release showcase not only her unique character and voice, but also her significant skill at storytelling. The maturity of her songwriting choices is rare for an artist of any age, and especially so for one so young. Reni exudes class and style in her music, while seducing the inner-city crowd with her eclectic personality and edgy stage banter.

Her record begins with the instantly accessible, up-tempo “Place for Us”, a song so catchy it flies off the deck in search of a radio. Featured on the season premiere of the hit Showtime drama, “The L Word,” the song provided a hard hitting soundtrack to the episode’s climax. Her straight delivery and universal lyrics strike the perfect chord. The modern production, vocal layering, and melody of the chorus stick in your head after only one listen and refuse to leave.
On “You Are Here”, pop sensibility, clever lyrics, and a sublime production come together to make Reni’s trademark vocal style shine. Her unique verse phrasing grabs you instantly, and the undeniable hook of the chorus really shows off a great sense of melody.

“We Don’t Forget” opens with a laugh that belies her sardonic recounting of a high school party aftermath. Her voice draws you in, like she's singing to you and you alone, while the sparse open feel of the instrumentation perfectly matches the unfeigned delivery.

“Even You”, like many of her songs is hard to label. Is it pop, rock, alternative? Reni has that Bowie-like quality of melding all her influences together into her music, and on this song she rides the beat like a kid on a merry go-round. The dynamic production lifts you up off the ground, while positive lyrics and enthusiastic vocal delivery keep you there floating. Like many of Reni’s songs it just makes you feel good.

It's not very often that an artist like Reni Lane comes along with the presence and sound to move people profoundly and effortlessly. Pick any track off of her new album and you instantly recognize who she is: a talented musician with depth and soul; a singer with a voice that is not only beautiful, but speaks to you; and a daring artist all flame and spirit using electrically charged songs to carry her stories to you. “There's a time, there's a place for us…” and now is the time and the place for Reni Lane.

Lyrics

Place For Us

Written By: Reni Lane/ 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 everywhere
 
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 you've lived and the blood inside your skin
Searching through 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
 
Oh I believe…

We Don't Forget

Written By: Sam Bisbee/Reni Lane

Don't worry 'bout the bottles and
The lamp they broke don't worry 'bout
The carpet stains someone will clean that up
The bathtub's overflowing your
Mom's bras are hanging from the ceiling fan
Your best friend's in your sister's bed
 
It don't matter that we won't remember
As long as we don't forget
As long as we don't forget
 
The sunlight crawls across the floor
We've done some things we haven't done before
I think that it was good but I'm not sure
I hope I didn't break your heart
Over before it could start
When we are grown ups we can clean that up
 
It don't matter that we won't remember
As long as we don't forget
As long as we don't forget
 
The evidence was thrown away
Garbage cans in my driveway
But maybe someday we will meet again
Maybe someday we will meet again

Even You

Written By: Sam Bisbee/Reni Lane/David Pattillo

Her summer clothes are the same as her winter clothes
Everyone knows her name at 11220
Cooking by candleflame 'cause the gas is broke
She goes outside to hang even though she doesn't smoke

Everybody knows her
Everybody likes her
Everybody wants her
Everybody even you

She always gets in for free at McCaren pool
Her ID says 83 but it isn't true
While she was talking to me I saw her looking at you
Pretended not to see yeah I played it cool

Everybody knows her
Everybody likes her
Everybody wants her
Everybody and you do too

Even you
What can I do?
Even you

She gets a little drunk but she's in control
Taking a hold of your hand on the dance floor
She never says goodbye she never hears you shout
She never leaves through the front if there's a back way out

Everybody knows her
Everybody likes her
Everybody wants her
Everybody and you do too

Even you
What can I do?
Cause everybody wants her
Even you

Discography

Independently Released LP: American Baby
Custard/Universal-Motown: Ready (Due out 9/15/09)
Music streaming at www.myspace.com/renilane