IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
RAYNE MICHAEL: I am currently residing in Fargo, North Dakota.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
RAYNE MICHAEL: I started singing as a young boy. My mom tells a story that the first time I sang was in church. I walked up on the middle of the adult praise and worship team and started belting it out. My family and I are very close and our lives were always filled with music. I had my first solo singing “Silent Night” when I was 10 years old.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
RAYNE MICHAEL: I believe that music has a way of reaching people like nothing else in this world can. There are singers and musicians out there who can make your whole day and even life change with just one song. Music has the power to heal and to teach. It really is my goal to inspire people with my music the way I have been inspired.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What are your songs about?
RAYNE MICHAEL: My songs are mostly about love and relationships that I’ve had or witnessed but also about the struggles and obstacles that we all have throughout life. I write songs that people can relate to and connect to emotionally. Songs about my life and experiences.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
RAYNE MICHAEL:I honestly believe that my music is for everyone. Anyone with hopes and dreams. Anyone who has survived a personal struggle. I don’t sing or write music for only one genre or target audience. I want people both young and old to be interested in my music. I never wish to alienate anyone.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:Who are your musical influences?
RAYNE MICHAEL: Growing up I listened to what my parents listened to so it was a lot of country and 80’s music. As I grew older Top 40 R&B and Pop music were the biggest influences for me. I love voices that are both unique and emotional. That’s the sound that I aim for and have cultivated my own by borrowing from many different genres and artists.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
RAYNE MICHAEL: I would say that it is most definitely Top 40 with main genres being a mix of R&B/Pop/Rock. I would also like to add that no one track will be identical from the last. So there will be something on my album for everyone.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
RAYNE MICHAEL: I’m honest and at times sensitive. I’m not afraid to dive in deep where the truth lies and express that. I do have a fairly large range but the thing that makes me stand out the most is the emotion and passion I put into a performance. I treat every time I’m on stage like it could be the last time. My unique sound and vocal versatility also sets me apart.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
RAYNE MICHAEL: I recently released my first single “But You Lied” on iTunes. I will be working on recording and releasing my next single “I Know That I Hurt You” in the next month. I’m also recording and releasing my debut album “Dare To Dream” this coming fall. I have a few collaborations I have been asked to work on. I’m working on putting together some local shows and getting more exposure for myself. I’m always keeping myself busy and always working. You never know if your next day could be your last.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS:What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
RAYNE MICHAEL: I want to be a professional recording artist and I want to have a song and album chart as well as be on the radio. I want to tour and perform my own music for the world to hear. In 10 years I hope to be successful in the music industry and start working on creating my own label and talent agency.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
RAYNE MICHAEL: All my music and social media can be accessed through raynemichael.com
You can purchase my first single “But You Lied” on iTunes at this link
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