With fresh wisdom and ageless beauty, Carolee Rainey’s lyrics are filled with passion, truth, and conviction. She got her musical start at a young age, when she caught a train for the West, accompanied by her guitar and a book of songs absolutely bursting at the seams. Busking by day, and playing jazz standards by night, she made her reputation on both the Santa Cruz and San Francisco music scenes, before eventually landing a recording and publishing deal. With her musical inspiration coming from a diverse range of influences in music, art, and film, Rainey’s unique storytelling style digs deep into the human experience, and pulls out fully fleshed out emotions and feelings.
Carolee Rainey’s also a talented painter, drawing out a new depth of expression to her art. She laid aside her music in favour of painting and motherhood, only to find that she once more was compelled to write songs again. She considers this new creative force to be her “second wind and hidden rainbow”, and her new album, ‘Rooted’, is set for release next year, alongside a documentary of the same name.
Carolee Rainey’s most recent single, ‘Baby’, tells the heartwarming story of every person’s journey when they make their way in the world, even though they’ve not fully reached sufficient maturity to do it on their own. Written with her own children in mind, it’s out now and available on all streaming platforms via Sapphire Records. With love, longing and loyalty ebbing throughout the track, it’s a ballad laid over an enticing instrumental arrangement, and serves as a song for those times of transition.
The music video for ‘Baby’ is equally charming. Directed by Ryan Sweeney, it was shot in the beautiful autumn of Connecticut, and follows Rainey wandering her way through the changes around her, both literal and figurative. The whole clip serves as a mirror for those changes we experience, particularly at this time of the year when the nights are drawing in and we become more reflective of how time passes.