Who's the fastest rising performer in the Show-Me-State, Missouri? Two words. Raye Cole. Standout performances keep this emerging artist on the Indie scene's invitation lists. Get ready for authenticity cause it's here in a pleasure package created by this Midwest song bird. Original lyrics are skillfully sprinkled over rich and sultry vibes reminiscent of smooth R&B, with a mix of funk and a hearty dose of soul.
When performing cover songs from favorite artists, Raye Cole’s talent shines through her connection with audiences. Her vocals act as a gateway welcoming great lyrics and a final destination for an experience of musical ecstasy. A true professional in every sense of the word, she has a natural talent for keeping crowds grooving and wanting more.
Raye Cole’s musical journey has evolved from just singing to sharing her passion for creating songs, poetry, raps, and melodies. The first independent single released is “God$Gun,” a beautifully crafted song that continues to be a crowd pleaser. The kind of music you will hear from this artist is an open narrative exploring themes that call on and presents a deeper meaning about people, relationships, and life. “Now I have awesome song, I am eager to perform and get heard! I have several project ideas in the works but my goal is to perfect one at a time,” says Raye Cole.
Since as far back as she can remember, turning people onto music has been a passion. With a rapidly rising multi-media presence, Raye Cole’s vision of one day teaching (artist development) and bringing other artists into the spotlight is being realized. Currently, she is a co-host for “Indie Up Saturday” on the D-Hour Radio network, a popular blog radio program showcasing cutting-edge music and interviews with Indie R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, and Neo-Soul newcomers. Her entertainment repertoire also includes providing commentary on popular trends in the news, entertainment, politics and culture through blogs. Other industry projects include providing a few original songs for an upcoming independent film.
Further proving her versatility as an artist, she is working on launching a jewelry line, “Raye’s Reflections.” This project will include several collections that reflect the great weight placed on what she is feeling. Energized by having a purpose driven life, this stunning contemporary line of jewelry creates yet another opportunity for Raye Cole to set trends.
Get ready to hear more from this multi-talented songstress as she continues to give her all to each and every performance and project, expand her creativity, and collaborate with other movers and shakers in the industry.
Part 1: The Week in the Life of an Indie Artist
Hello readers! How are you? I hope that you are well and staying warm in this cold. I’m back and ready to share my latest adventures in the “Life of an Indie Artist in St. Louis.”
Hello readers, how are you? Hopefully, all is well with you. It’s time for an update in the “Life of an Indie Artist”. This month started out really chill and smooth but somewhere about a week ago the turbulence presented itself.
Hello all. How are you? How have you been? I hope all is well! Welp, I am back and ready to fill you in with my latest adventures. October has been more of chill month. I had a few performances at the beginning of the month and I have two more—a mini Open Mic Tour and the Revival Open Mic at Foam. So, let’s begin where we left off. In my last blog I told you about some up-and-coming shows. The first opportunity that knocked was from 1380 the X- Face the Music STL.
Hi world, it is me again. I am back with more adventures, as promised! September has been an incredible month for Raye Cole. Rachell has been on pins and needles. Who is Rachell you ask? Rachell is the part of me that lives in reality and handles business. Raye is the part of me that is chasing our dreams. This month has really shown me a lot about myself. Good and bad. There were times this month that I just wanted to lock myself in my room and say eff it. But the determination that lives inside of me would not allow me to do that. So where to start… Let’s start at the Dogtown Music Festival.
Life of an Indie Artist St. Louis
Long time no see. I’ve been busy going out into the world and creating and participating in things so I could have more stuff to write about. But yes, it is me with a lot of great stories to tell. Where to begin is the question. September is just like August and July—busy. Opportunities keep coming. I feel really lucky and blessed. I’m so behind on a lot of things in regards to music, but the Universe continues to work in my favor. I’m really learning as I go. Recently, I got my volunteer on with KDHX; I am currently rehearsing as a background singer for AL Holiday and the East Side Rhythm Band; I have several shows coming up and I have been reached out to by local artists and not-so-local artists about different projects. I am a busy girl! And on top of all that I run a household and handle most of the details of planning and preparing for shows. *Takes a deep breath!*
Long time no see. How have you been? Hopefully well?! It is time to catch you up on my latest adventures. I performed about 25 times if not more this year. I have hit up different open mics, I have submitted to opportunities, and I have been invited out to perform at shows. I have had some great times and experiences. My latest experience was with RAW Artist St. Louis and a The Show and Prove Showcase. I also volunteered at the Big Muddy Blues Festival that was on the Landing. First, let’s talk about RAW!
So… long time no hear. I had a very interesting month and had to take a bit of a mental break for a while. Currently, my fiancé and I handle all the details in regards to my music. And at times, it can be a bit much. So sometimes I have to refresh my mind. Now I am ready to share my latest adventures… so get you some popcorn and get comfy because it’s going to be somewhat of a ride. Last month, well into the beginning of August, I was performing and making appearances. My first stop was Café Soul.
This past week was awesome. Last Monday I launched the beginning of my “Open Mic Tour”. I selected open mics from the top ten open mics listed for St. Louis. I recruited two singers to assist me during the “tour”. Our first stop was the Venice Café. Venice Café is located at 1903 Pestalozzi St, St Louis, MO 63118. The building is a solid brick building placed in what appeared to be the historical side of Saint Louis. All of the surrounding houses and business were made from brick with early 1900 architectural designs. This place had to be one of the coolest places scenery-wise. The decorations were so eccentric, so hypnotizing, so appealing.
I had a very eventful weekend and week! July has proven to be a very productive month for me. I have performed and networked all month! But I want to talk about my weekend. This past weekend I was invited by my girl Skiddalz (her name on Facebook) to perform for her album release party. The name of her album is “Rebel Angel.” She is an up-and coming-rapper who is making moves on the St. Louis music scene. Her music has been featured on Jersey Shore. Check out her website: www.skiddalz.com. So, let’s start at the beginning of the day shall we.
I had an interesting week. My mind has been running like a machine ever since the beginning of this month. I have a lot of shows lined up and I even orchestrated a week-long open mic tour for myself. Last week, I did make time for family outings, to network and support a fellow musician, and to volunteer with a local radio station. I went to a show on Wednesday at Troy’s Jazz Gallery on Olive in St. Louis. I was invited by my childhood friend Bernard Long Jr on Facebook. Bernard is an excellent drummer who performs and teaches throughout St. Louis. I met Bernard when I was a little girl. His grandmother lived right across the street from my house and he would visit his grandmother every now and then. We learned that we had a mutual interest in music after we became adults.