Songwriting may be new to single-named performer Rayna, but she has taken to it very well. Writing her first song only three years ago, her first CD, Empty Room, showcases a performer that is anything but inexperienced. The strength of this album has garnered a lot of attention on the Internet through her MySpace page, IndieCan Radio and several loyal podcasters. XM Radio and local broadcasters are starting to catch the buzz as well.
“It’s really strange because I didn’t expect it,” Rayna confesses about her rise to minor-celebrity status. “Even when I did get the guitar a couple of years ago, I wasn’t thinking of writing my own music.”
Rayna’s songwriting evolved from a lifelong passion for poetry, and it shows in the lyrically-engaging tunes on Empty Room. Tunes like “Forget Me” (about the realization of lost love) and the album’s title track (about opening one’s eyes in… well, an empty room) begin with a moment of revelation and then follow the ripples of raw emotion outward from the core of one’s being into the place where they become conscious thought.
“It’s different because I’m not used to being under scrutiny for what I’m doing,” says Rayna about the difference between writing poetry and singing for an audience. “It’s been fun. It’s been interesting; a lot of self-exploration.”
Rayna will be performing live at the Cameron House with Amanda Bentley, Annie Marleau and Shawna Caspi this Saturday, February 10. Doors open at 9:00, and the cover is $10.