June 12, 2008
East York, ON
Pop, R&B, Soul
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WHO IS LORRAINE REID?
The 7-Time JUNO Nominee You May Not Have Heard Of
Lorraine Reid was born in Toronto, Canada and is of Jamaican descent. She is the oldest of three children and attributes her solid foundation to her mother, uncle and grandma, who provided a stable home environment throughout her childhood. Lorraine's first performance was in Junior Kindergarten when she sang her ABC's at Parent's Night. From that night forward, she continued to perform throughout her academic career. In the eleventh grade, she met Mark Ryan, which resulted in the conception of the group, Temperance.
Lorraine Reid is perhaps best known as the former powerhouse vocalist of TEMPERANCE. Temperance fared extremely well in both the dance and mainstream markets, and can now boast more Juno nominations than any other dance group to date.
As the lead vocalist of Temperance, Lorraine earned 7 Juno Award nominations. Their first album, VIRTUES OF LIFE, released in 1995, attained these incredible feats and much more. In 1996, the Canadian Euro dance group released a cover version of the song, "Forever Young," which reached number 8 on the Canadian Dance Chart. The single, "Forever Young," was also released in the United States in the summer of 1997, and immediately won the hearts of many new fans and critics south of the border. Their debut album featured 6 consecutive National Top Ten charting dance singles, and 4 MuchMusic Video Award nominations, which resulted in a 1994 MuchMusic Video Award. Along with a feature in Billboard Magazine in June 1998, their import follow-up single, "Lost In Love," created immense anticipation for their second follow-up album release titled, IF YOU DON'T KNOW.
Recording for the majority of 1999 yielded Temperance's stronger sophomore album entitled, If You Don't Know. This new album gained admiration from new fans, while maintaining a loyal pre-existing fan base who was excited to grow with Lorraine. Even before the release of the album title track, "If You Don't Know," Temperance had already garnered acclaim for their first single, "Hands of Time," as it won a SOCAN Award for climbing to #1 on RPM's Dance Chart. Its success continued and it cracked the Top 40 Radio Charts. The video for Hands of Time received nominations for both a Juno Award and a MuchMusic Video Award in 2001.
Receiving fervent recognition and acceptance so early in her career, Lorraine was exposed to experiences that would shape her as both a professional and as an artist. She toured extensively throughout North America, United Kingdom and Europe, as a Hi-Bias Records recording artist.
Lorraine had the honour of singing a duet of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" with Cyndi Lauper at the 2000 Unity Ball during Pride Week in Toronto. As well, she has had the privilege of opening for various recording artists, such as Monica, Destiny's Child and Coolio.
Soon after her 7th Juno nomination in 2000, Lorraine began to feel as though life needed a new direction. Although she obtained invaluable success and experience while recording dance music as Temperance, she decided to pursue a teaching career in 2001. In 2002, Lorraine began her career as an educator, while she continued to record commercial jingles for radio and television, as well as performed backup vocals for countless other artists.
In the fall of 2005, the combination of full-time teaching and evening gigging finally came to a head. Lorraine suffered a lengthy and extensive bout with hoarseness, including throat pain, which ultimately became complete laryngitis. She was diagnosed with vocal nodules and was advised to undergo the procedure to have them removed. The resulting nodule surgery meant learning to retrain her muscles for use, compensating for some loss in range, as well as the use of an amplification system when speaking publicly.
Now, after soul searching, establishing a more mature sound, and reflecting on significant life experiences and memories, it is with great anticipation that Lorraine's new album, LESSONS LEARNED, has been completed. This title, Lesson's Learned, is significant and profound in many ways. It emulates the various challenges and changes Lorraine has endured to make this record a reality. You are sure to hear a more soulful and established Lorraine, as she provides a window into her heart by sharing her experiences that have made her the talented vocalist she is today. Look forward to Lorraine Reid's new album, Lessons Learned, which is slated for release in 2008.
* Earned 7 Juno nominations as the powerhouse vocalist for Temperance.
* Temperance fared extremely well in both the dance and mainstream markets, and can now boast more Juno nominations than any other dance group to date.
* Toured extensively throughout North America, United Kingdom and Europe, as a Hi-Bias Records recording artist
* Opened for numerous recording artists such as Monica, Destiny's Child and Coolio
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July 09, 2008
A Review by Mark Kirby
Over a decade ago, rappers Chuck D and Public Enemy asked, "Who Stole the Soul?" Today, after Christina Aguilera's R&B-infused Back To Basics double CD and the Amy Winehouse soul explosion, the real question is, "Who stole it back?" Part of the answer can be found in Lorraine Reid's single "How Can I Keep Him Lovin' Me?"
It always comes as a surprise when I hear a modern R&B singer who has both the pipes to belt out with intensity and the good taste to let the song tell the story, choosing to not over-saturate a classic melody with vocal gymnastics. Reid dazzles her listeners with the perfect balance of vocals, just like the classic soul, rock and pop singers did back in the day. This timeless track by the Canadian, 7-time Juno nominee would fit right in with the best of soul and funk in any age.
"How Can I Keep Him Lovin' Me?" begins to amaze listeners with its instrumentals -- the keyboard starts with mellow soul chords and is followed by gently plucked guitar and sparse bass that flows with restrained energy even while in ballad mode. The drums play a beat that has previously anchored old pop and soul songs as well as bawdy stripper show tunes; it's a beat that is part-waltz, part-easy-going phat back groove. While this stew is bubbling, Ms. Reid tells the story: "No more than 15 but grown before her time / This young girl was seekin' love from men who would dim the lights / How can I keep him lovin' me? / Here she was still seeking love / it was no where to be found." Aside from the modern beat of the drums and the contemporary soul sound, the track is undeniably old school because it deals with real people and real-life issues, concepts that are often lost in mainstream music today.
The sales of R&B records -- as with those of hip-hop and most other genres -- continue to slump. Illegal downloads aside, the vast majority of these records deal with unattainable fantasies of sex, glamour, white linen suits and matching Bentleys. People who have just been laid off, had their benefits run out, or their home foreclosed don't want to hear about such lavish topics. And they can't even afford to buy overpriced CDs, anyway. That's why real people, especially women, like Mary J. Blige's tales of being a survivor. Like Blige, Reid tells a tale of survival and, like the best soul and gospel singers, past and present, she goes beyond this simple tale: "At 22, a mom of two, but she was still a child / Her mama's advice to her was a message meek and mild / what this baby boy sees in you I tried my whole life to find / so dry your tears, my baby girl, you're lookin' at piece of mind." Throughout the song, Reid's vocals follow the lyrics and melody on a rollercoaster of emotion, saving the soaring peaks of her sweet yet powerful voice for the pinnacles of the song, especially the last lines. By the end of "How Can I Keep Him Lovin' Me?", the sadness becomes both redemption and a spiritual epiphany -- all because of the power of love. Now ain't that what soul music is all about?
June 23, 2008
7-Time JUNO Nominated R&B/Neo-Soul singer Lorraine Reid has been invited to perform at the Montreal Reggae Festival on July 12. Known to many for her work with the dance group Temperance, Lorraine will be performing songs from her debut solo album "Lessons Learned," to be released this summer. Lorraine is also scheduled to play the Michigan Reggae Festival this coming August. Montreal Reggae Festival July 12, 2008 12pm - 18pm "Loto-Quebec" Stage Old Port of Montreal http://www.montrealreggaefest.com The Montreal Reggae Fest' has ranked among the top annual festivals held in Montreal each year. The 3-day weekend-long event is by far the largest of its kind in Canada, currently attracts over 30,000 people with fans traveling from across the globe to attend. Lorraine Reid pours her soul into the mic every time she steps on stage to sing. While recording dance music for Temperance, Lorraine's heart as always been with soul and rhythm and blues. Lorraine attributes her unique vocal style to the influences of Billie Holiday, Sade, Sarah Vaughan and Whitney Houston and primarily enjoys listening to vocal jazz, rhythm and blues, and reggae. While with Temperance, Lorraine achieved many successes on top of her Juno Nominations, including six top ten singles on the Canadian National Dance Chart and a Much Music Video Award for Best Dance Video. She also toured extensively throughout North America, the U.K. and Europe. http://www.musicdish.net/lorrainereid/ http://www.myspace.com/lorrainereid
June 13, 2008
June 15 - 'Black Love' @ Trane Studios, Toronto
June 22 - 'CHRY Volunteer Appreciation' @ La Vila Banquet Hall, Toronto
July 5 - Wedding Reception, Toronto
July 12 - Montreal Reggae Festival, TBA
July 20 - 'Remembering Karl Mullings', Toronto
August 9 - 'Jerk Festival', Toronto
August 10 - 'Black Love' @ Trane Studios, Toronto
August 16 - Calgary Reggae Festival, TBA
August 23 - Michigan Reggae Festival, TBA
October 4 - 'Sickle Cell Anemia Fundraiser' @ Milner Ave., Toronto
October 26 - 'Black Love' @ Trane Studios, Toronto