Ronni Rae Rivers

Ronni Rae Rivers

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandCountryRock

An energetic blend of country,rock & blues, mixing newer edgy country stylings while respecting the roots of traditional country.Think Charlie Daniels meets Bob Seger with a generous serve of Hank Williams JR.

Biography

Ronni Rae was born in Sydney, Australia to an Australian Mother and a Texan Father. At an early age Ronni was already racking up frequent flyer points due to extensive travel between the USA and Australia with no knowledge that the heritage of both parents would forge her future in the music business.

This multi talented instrumentalist and songwriter, took it in her stride that music was the language of all people and that this was her destiny.

Ronni’s upbringing can best be described as a melting pot of cultural diversity. Her Father, half Cherokee Indian and half Irish was a military man. His work eventually brought him to Australia where a chance meeting with a Raven haired young actress would change both of their lives forever. Ronni’s Mum was a determined, independent green eyed beauty of Scottish and Welsh heritage who moved to Sydney from Perth to pursue her future in the theatre. Ronni’s mother was adament not give up her homeland, so they compromised in establishing residences in both countries.

Music was all encompassing in the Rivers’ household. However, her parents were diametrically opposed in their musical tastes. To her Dad, there was only one style of music. To him it was Country or nothing, while her Mum introduced Ronni to a wide variety of music, but mostly listened to British Rock music like The Rolling Stones and The Who. The fact that her Dad had many close friends in the music business, including Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, would also inadvertently influence her song writing style later on.

Ronni Rae started playing piano and singing at a very early age. During her formative years she was offered a recording contract in the USA, however, this was not to be due to her father saying she was too young and needed an education before deciding upon a vocational interest. This only encouraged her desire for a career in music. In an interesting turn of events it was the pursuing of a tertiary education that afforded her the opportunity to hone her skills, find her true musical identity, and come into her own as a seasoned performer.

Whilest completing a degree at University, for which she won a scholarship to study Astrophysics, Ronni started performing live in jazz and blues clubs in New Orleans, she has shared the stage with such musical luminaries as Aaron Neville and The Neville Brothers and Aretha Franklin.. This swampy combination of roots, soul, country and blues music is what Ronni says ‘changed her life’. Her unique vocal style was forged literally down on the bayou, but its her Australian honesty and frankness in her writing style that has won critical acclaim worldwide.

Having been described as a dynamic, engaging, wild redhead reminiscent of a young Reba McEntire blended with Tanya tucker and Janis Joplin, her raw energy, unbridled passion and musical prowess captivates and mesmerizes audiences. A consummate professional whose performance skills seem to defy her years, Ronni owns every inch of every stage she performs on.

Having spent the better part of the past 2 years performing and songwriting in Nashville, Ronni returned home to Australia to record her new album. ‘Whole Heart to Give’ will be released on October 11.

then get right back into music and by this time she would do it by herself without the help of her father and his friends.

This young redhead takes to the stage with such an engaging strong performance leaving her audiences wanting more. With fiddle in hand she moves across the stage owning every portion of the it with an energy second to none.

Her music is a blend of soul, blues country rock and folk. Ronni has written with some of the most prolific songwriters both in Australia and in the USA and that is apparent in her recent nominations in the Australian Songwriting Association Awards. Runnerup in both Rock/Indie and Spiritual categories with placings in
The Open category. To top off that she is about to release her much awaited Album “Whole Heart To Give”
Which is already receiving a lot of attention.

Lyrics

Timmy

Written By: R.Rivers

My brother Timmy was just a little slow
Stranger than some-but kinder than most
He never said a word since our Daddy died
When he was just 3 years old

I was always the apple of his eye
I used to make him laugh-though I never saw him cry
Every day I'd smile & say
"Hey-who's my favourite boy?"

But Timmy just turned to the window
To watch the world go by

CHORUS:
Timmy doesn't do much but just rock
Back & forth like a pendulum clock
He just stares out the window & never says nothing at all
But I always thought Timmy knew more

The Barker Boys lived on a neighbouring farm
They used to tease young Timmy-once even broke his arm
He was twice their size -but did nothing when they said
"Hey Stupid-What you gonna do about it?"

But Timmy just turned to the window
To watch the world go by

(CHORUS)

One night it was late
I was caught in the rain
And foolishly accepted a ride
Timmy woke to the sound of a car door slam
And the Barker Boys laughing outside
He turned on the light, saw I was crying
...and my dress was torn....

A few days later-police came round
Said there had been some trouble
And 2 bodies had been found
They said I was the last one to see those Barker boys alive

They said a girl like me wouldn't be strong enough
To tie the rope like that & kill 'em both
And Constable Marx pointed to Timmy & said, “What about him?"
Then Sgt. O'Reilly laughed and said, "Son, he doesn't know what time of day it is"

(CHORUS)

Oh... Timmy knew more
Yeah...Timmy knew more
Oh…Timmy knew more

Notice Me

Written By: Ronni Rae Rivers

I used to think that all in life was fair
Of equal parts of love for all to share
But nowadays that seems so far from true
From the depths I'm wading through

There were times I too easily
Wore a wounded heart upon my sleeve
Now those days have all but disappeared
And you don't even notice me

CHORUS:
Tell me what you're really looking for
I've tried so hard to be what you adore
I've lost myself trying to win your love
And still you look the other way
Tell me who tonight you're dreaming of
I've searched my heart and the sky above
I've wished on every falling star I've seen
For you to truly notice me

I once believed in love and ever mores
The type of life that sorrow would ignore
But dreams & timing don’t see eye to eye
So all I knew was just a lie

Long ago I too eagerly
Wore a jaded heart upon my sleeve
But today it’s just a memory
‘Cause you don't seem to notice me

(CHORUS)

I've wished on every falling star I've seen
But you don’t even notice me
Will you ever notice me?

Waiting On Lonely

Written By: Ronni Rae Rivers

I know I said I’d never stay here
But now the rain is on my face
Everything was always so clear
The dream that time won’t erase
This might test my faith

Chorus:
(Because) I hear your voice on the telephone
It’s me and the moon and we’re both alone
Miles through my hair and the road under my feet
300 miles of thoughts to go
I won’t lose my soul
I’m not waitin’ on lonely, lonely’s waiting on me

I’m still the picture in your visor
The one when I was sonly 3
You always knew I’d be the driver
And I would drive to be free
This dreams not chasing me

Repeat chorus

Bridge:
I promise I’ll be home soon
There’s one last thing I gotta do
I’m not waiting on lonely, I’m not waiting on lonely

(Because) I hear your voice on the telephone
It’s me and the moon and we’re both alone
Miles through my hair and the road under my feet
300 miles of thoughts to go
I won’t lose my soul
I’m not waitin’ on lonely, lonely’s waiting on me

Fire In Your Eyes

Written By: Ronni Rae Rivers/Byron Hill

There's a fire in your eyes
That warms my heart
It might be wrong
But it's too cold where I've been
And I've been all alone

I think I've come too far
To turn around and go back now
Say it doesn't have to be
'Cause I love this place we've found

And I never knew
I never knew
I would fall
For the fire in your eyes

Who knows where it goes from here
Beyond your tender kiss
But I'll throw caution to the wind
This is worth the risk

Forever seems like something
That we shouldn't think of now
So I'm living in this moment
You're all I care about

And I never knew
I never knew
I would fall
For the fire in your eyes

(Bridge:)
I didn't know you'd look at me
And make me feel this way
I didn't know we'd cross the line
And I would want to stay

I never knew
I never knew
I would fall
For the fire
Fall for the fire
In your eyes
In your eyes

Things I Want

Written By: Ronni Rae Rivers/Bruce Holloway/Colin Street

It was a silent night and nothing stirred
As she crept down to the tree
A log still crackled in the fireplace he watched his little girl kneel

Chorus
She said please God take back these presents
Cause the only things I want
Are for daddy to stop drinking
And for mama to come home

He was lost in a whiskey memory with a faded photograph
He heard footsteps out by the tree tried to stop his trembling hands

Chorus

He tried to steady in the doorway with his hand upon the frame
He watched her for a moment then softly called her name
So much wiser than she looked
And older than her years
Her words still echoed in his mind as he fought back a tear

Chorus

He said honey I’ve been standing here
Listening to your prayer
But mama lives in heaven now and hears you from up there

And God and I both love you but there’s two things you should know
Daddy will stop drinkin but mama can’t come home

Oh daddy did stop drinkin but mama never came home.

Waiting On Lonely

Written By: Ronni Rae Rivers

I know I said I'd never stay here
But now the rain is on my face
Everything was always so clear
The dream that time won't erase
This might test my faith

Chorus:
(Because) I hear your voice on the telephone
It's me and the moon and we're both alone
Miles through my hair and the road under my feet
300 miles of thoughts to go
I won't lose my soul
I'm not waitin' on lonely, lonely's waiting on me

I'm still the picture in your visor
The one when I was running free
You always knew I'd be the driver
And I would drive to be free
This dream's not chasing me

Repeat chorus

Bridge:
I promise I'll be home soon
There's one last thing I gotta do
I'm not waiting on lonely, I'm not waiting on lonely

(Because) I hear your voice on the telephone
It's me and the moon and we're both alone
Miles through my hair and the road under my feet
300 miles of thoughts to go
I won't lose my soul
I'm not waitin' on lonely, lonely's waiting on me

Whole Heart To Give

Written By: Ronni Rae Rivers/Chaise/Pam Wolfe

I don’t want to see you falling
I don’t want to hear you cry
I don’t want to be the one to let you down
But I don’t want to have to lie

Right here in this moment
On the other side of despair
To leave this door open
Would be so unfair

I can’t love you
With half a heart
And I can’t change what is
And I don’t have a whole heart to give

If I could love you as a friend
And not leave you wanting more of me
But that’s the place I’m still in
If only he had set me free

Right there in that moment
On my side of despair
To leave that door open
It was so unfair - so
Chorus
False hope can leave you bitter
But the truth will let you move on
Chorus
I don’t have a whole heart to give

Discography

Bridging The Gap-7 track EP-2003
Notice Me-12 track CD-2005(featuring 5 Australian Top 30 radio chart hits& 2 number 1 hits)
Whole Heart To Give-13 track CD-2008