Rainee Blake is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter from Australia. Rooted in a deep appreciation of 60s and 70s music, Rainee’s sound is classic with a modern twist. Best known for her role as Alannah on TV’s Nashville, Rainee recorded 17 songs under the Lionsgate label before releasing an EP of her original music ‘Fool for Love’ (2018). Performances include at The Opry, The Bluebird, National Folk Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival, “Rainee’s songs are equally truthful and musical, showcasing her unique style that blends soul, folk, jazz, and R&B.” - Glam Adelaide. Rainee’s influences range from Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Bonnie Raitt to Cleo Sol, Emily King and Lake Street Dive. Rainee’s newest single ‘Alone’ (out June 17th) is a 70s inspired soul bop perfect for a summer roadtrip. Alone is about learning to love yourself within the dance of sex and romance. Rainee will be touring Europe in October and you can catch her at her monthly songwriters residency Soft Spot at Gold Diggers in LA.
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has hugely impacted your artistry.
I have so many happy memories. Last year I started hosting a songwriters night at Gold Diggers here in LA called Soft Spot. And there have been many moments during those nights where I just feel so grateful to be able to provide a space for artists to share their work and support one another. It truly feels like a dream come true. Supporting my community has been a big part of finding balance as an artist.
How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?
I practice yoga, I love to dance and move my body in any way really. Whenever I feel in a funk, moving my body and connecting with others always helps. I also am living in Venice Beach now so the ocean has been a life saver for my mental and physical health. Writing music, spending time in nature - the list is long.
Who did you learn from to instill those values?
My parents are incredible role models who have taught me to have balance. I think as well trial and error has helped me to figure out what works best for me.
Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art?
Of course! With the mountain of work I have to do as an independent artist, writing the music, doing promotion, organizing gigs and musicians - it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But I know I don’t work well if I’m stressed. Work/life balance has always been a big thing for me.
Was there a turning point in how you decided to put yourself first?
I think after coming off Nashville where I had a really defined schedule, it took me a while to establish one that worked for me. Incorporating teaching into my life has helped me stay accountable, clean my apartment and have a normal-ish work schedule from Tuesday-Thursday. I think showing up for other people has been a helpful path to showing up for myself.
How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?
A lot of the work I do with people I call Vocal Embodiment and Creative Coaching. It’s helping people to feel comfortable in their essential selves, in the stillness and simplicity of their relaxed bodies. I think from that place you can do anything. That involves posture, breath work, vocal warmups and presencing exercises. I do those practices myself too.
In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?
I love responding to comments when I can. I also post video content of me teaching some of these tools to help people stay grounded in turbulent times. These are accessible on my instagram.
Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?
I’m really close with my mum who has been a huge support system for me. I also have fantastic friends near and far who I can rely on for support. It can be hard sometimes asking for help when I am so often the one giving it but it’s something I’m working on.
Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how has it changed your life now?
I always plug in my phone in a different room when I go to sleep. I think having designated time away from screens is really important. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to trust in my ability and talent more and more. So I’d say a habit I had to break (and am still working on) is doubting myself. When I come from a secure place, anything is possible.
Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?
I love Julia Cameron and The Artist’s Way. Also Second Circle by Patsy Rodenburg. Both of those books have been fundamental in supporting my life as an artist. It’s so helpful to have tools and a roadmap of how best to nurture yourself within the artists life - it’s not always easy!
What is the mantra of 2022?!
Slow is steady and steady is fast. Process is performance. I don’t have to fix anything, I don’t have to change anything. Those are a few I’m working with at the moment!
Give all the inside scoop on your latest project!
My new single ‘Alone’ comes out June 17th! It’s a soulful retro summer bop all about the journey towards self-love. It’s also about craving intimacy and also pushing it away. I’m sure people can relate to this struggle. “I’m just learning how to be the one that I can lean on.” And the music video will be out on June 30th! So excited to share new music with you all.