INTERVIEW: Carolee Rainey

Hi Carolee, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you so much for welcoming me to VENTS M​agazine! I’m very excited to be doing an interview with you today. I’ve been so busy with the music but so thrilled that its being so well received​!​

Can you talk to us more about your single “Deal With The Devil”?

So lets get started and do the dish. I’m so close to the song ‘Deal With The Devil,’ its like we’re family. Here’s the scoop​: I was so in love with this guy​,​ but had enormous frustration with him because he swept his emotions way deep inside himself​.​ I had no access to that space within him whatsoever because he wouldn’t let me or anyone else in​. It left me feeling lonely for an intimacy we just couldn’t have because of his blockage. ​It was a difficult but very necessary realization.

​I think a lot of people discover this awareness inside of they’re own relationships. Writing this song was a gift to myself because it made me feel stronger about the fact that people are who they are and we can’t change them​.​

What was it like to work with Robert L. Smith and how did that relationship develop?

About Robert L Smith: he was intrigued with my writing which I brought to him on a tiny recorder.  He heard my vision and felt that he could contribute to it. He was also instrumental in finding my musicians.

How much did he influence the album?

One of the most stunning additions to the album from Robert was his idea of turning my song ‘empower ‘ into a spoken word song.  It turned out to be an exciting recording experience.  I had never done spoken word before but the lyrics and rhythm really did lend themselves to this genre so it was a smooth recording experience.

What role does Nashville play in your writing?

Nashville currently does not have a role in my writing…. but I must say we’ve always had somewhat of a long distance love affair.

What aspect of fear did you get to explore on this record?

Sure I had some ups and downs with that ‘fear thing’ while recording this album.  Would the songs be good enough, would I sing them well enough and so on and so forth until I exhausted myself.  At the end of the day, after feeling the tremendous passion while watching my songs come alive in the recording process I just didn’t care anymore about fear and did not want to fuel that negative emotion by thinking about it, hence another reason why I love the title ‘feel fearless!’

Any plans to hit the road?

Why yes… most likely in the Fall.  We are working on venues right now so if anyone wants to book me please ​message me on​ I am super excited about the live show!

What else is happening next in Carolee Rainey’s world?

I could answer that question a million ways​,​ but I’ll stay on track here and so I don’t get into too much trouble. My next EP will be coming out in early Fall and I’m currently busy writing songs for the EP after that one​.​ ​I really can’t wait to get back into the studio and put more music into the universe​.​ You have been so gracious to have me do this interview and help bring my music to a wider audience!  Thank you thank you thank you!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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