Thanks to the few of you who actually listened and responded to my previous post. The artist is Reina Boone, is a Southern California singer/songwriter who recently chucked her day job to pursue her dream.
For me, Reina Boone is reminiscent of Feist and the similar reaction elicited by this group, when first exposed to her offerings. She went on to score a hit with 1-2-3-4 and a nice little gig with Apple, so there’s hope yet for Reina Boone.
Reina is utilizing all the tools available to her to independently promote her music. She’s playing open mics and everywhere else she can. She uses MySpace and blogs for dialogue and critiques of her music. She understands the power of “word of mouth” among the music community. She gets the importance of getting on the radar screen of college student/music aficionados and the “channels” they utilize to find out about new music.
She’s non-traditional and eclectic….not afraid to go the road less traveled….For instance, she records in the back of a van.
She’s gaining some traction and is playing pretty regular around lower California. This article from SqueezeOC.com gives some great information on Reina and her quest to be a self sufficient musician. Her 5 song Sampler evokes the sounds of Tracey Chapman, Cat Power and the great Grace Potter. Her husky voice is soothing in a Sara Mclachlan sort of way. I hear a bit of Sheryl Crow mixed with K.T. Tunstall.
Bottom line is, I like all of those gals — and I like Reina Boone.
My favorite among the samples is Sandman and it now gets regular rotation on my iPod. The quality is really quite good, considering that it was recorded independently, in the back of a van. I also like the acoustical nature of the music, particularly in Moment Defined. Los Trancos provides a great message in “stay true to your heart” and is another favorite among this quintet.
I like the music. I also like Reina’s moxy, initiative, and tenacity. While her music is still raw and could use a little polish, it’s good. Very good. I do think she appeals to a younger crowd but her style is very much what is appealing to the younger, college crowd. As with anything, the more you do something, the better you get and I think we’ve got a lot yet to see of Reina Boone.
I encourage you to go to her MySpace page and explore her music and her story.