Biography

Rain Perry is an award-winning songwriter and author of the autobiographical play Cinderblock Bookshelves: A Guide for Children of Fame-Obsessed Bohemian Nomads. She has released three albums on her own little label Precipitous Records and received lots of nice reviews.

Her song “Beautiful Tree” is the theme for the CW Series Life Unexpected, and other songs have been placed here and there as well. Rain is getting pretty good on the Autoharp and anticipates the arrival of her new iPad, on which she’s yearning to install OMG Guitar so she can rock a little harder. She divides her time between motherhood and the lucrative world of independent folk-rock music.

Tom Russell also covered Rain’s song “Yosemite” in 2003, with Nanci Griffith. It was the Grand Prize winner of both the folk category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the ROCKRGRL Discoveries Award, as well as a finalist at the Telluride Troubadour competition. Of the song—and its creator—Russell said: “It slapped my heart around like a good song should…watch out for Rain Perry. She writes with her heart, and she’ll blindside you with her art.”

Rain is the product of a restlessly creative lineage: her mother was a songwriter, whose song “Kind of a Woman” was cut by Nancy Sinatra, and who separated from Rain’s free-spirited screenwriter father, became a born again Christian and then died at the age of 27. Rain went on to be raised by her itinerant, proudly counterculture father.

In her early 20s, Rain was afflicted by Rheumatoid Arthritis and was forced to retreat from music for a spell, devoting herself to raising children and other non-musical modes of expression. But her musical muse—the subject of the new song “So You’re the Muse”—wouldn’t let her be. The results on her new album show the freshness and the maturity of her vision.

In addition to developing her own career as a performing artist, Rain has found herself in the role of concert promoter, producing Agility: a Women’s Music Festival to Benefit the Arthritis Foundation. She created, as well, a sold out concert series that has featured some of her favorite troubadour songwriters. Rain lives in Ojai, California with her husband and two daughters.

Edited by marybeth-damico on 4 Jun 2011, 14:40

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