Press Release – Hit The Ground Running

Hit the Ground Running - CD Cover“The only way to break free is to find the ground…and hit it running…”
— Jenica Rayne, Hit the Ground Running

The title track from Jenica Rayne’s third full studio album,  Hit the Ground Running, could be her theme song – a perfect introduction to both her artistic approach and her personal philosophies. And, to put it another way, she says “Just do something – you have to make life happen”!

That’s exactly what she did with this record. “I had a clear vision”, she says, “and I took the time to get the sounds I wanted”. In this case, getting those sounds meant traveling. Twenty musicians from Kingston and Vancouver added trumpet, tenor sax, cello, accordion and plenty of lush background vocals in addition to the usual guitar/bass/drums foundation. Producer Simon Kendall (Genie Award winner and Doug and the Slugs member) notes, “we have compelling contributions from great musicians and vocalists who truly enjoyed building on the framework created by Jenica – a wealth of talent from BC and Ontario”.

“Jenica’s deep, rich music speaks from the heart. Her burnished gold voice is full of experience, wisdom, and mercy.”

Rhiannon, singer (Bobby McFerrin, SoVoSo, Voicestra)

While Jenica graduated from the Jazz program at Vancouver Island University, her writing and performing organically took her in another musical direction. Somewhere in the land of artists like Eliza Gilkyson and Shawn Colvin lies a still unnamed singer/songwriter genre with pop and roots elements, and Jenica Rayne nestles right in there. Her education did provide her with an education in music theory – an appreciation which still informs her songwriting process.

At their centre, Rayne’s songs are about personal and social consciousness, but they artfully combine catchy pop melodies with the authentic lyrical sensibilities of the singer/songwriter genre and the story telling familiarity of roots and country. While she admits to having a soft spot for sad songs, the rollicking anthems on this latest record are just as impactful as the subtle, thoughtful tunes.

“…Beautifully crafted songs offering sophisticated music that is easy to listen to but invites close attention. Rayne is a poet of consequence.”

Dr. Karlene Faith, professor emirita at SFU (writer, feminist, scholar, human rights activist)

She now maintains a busy schedule of teaching and performing, which includes touring across Canada, teaching at the Kingston School of Music, private music instruction, and performing for local charities. She’s a fixture on the local live circuit, performing as a solo artist, with the Calamity Janes Band, in a duo with Kingston’s Lynne Hanson (Chivaree), and collaborating with other acclaimed musicians as part of the Jenica Rayne ensemble.

In the end, Jenica is happy when she can connect with people on a visceral level, whether it is through music, her charity work, performing, or on a one on one basis – and she does so with energy and passion. After all, she says, “We’re all on the same path, we just walk it differently”. Or in this case, we hit the ground running…

Hit the Ground Running (October 26th, 2014), was produced in collaboration with Simon Kendall (Vancouver), Rick Salt (Nanaimo) and Duncan Holt (Kingston). Jenica is currently booking dates for 2015/2016.

Jenica Rayne celebrates new album ‘Hit The Ground Running’

Kingston Heritage

Mandy Marciniak ~ November 10, 2014

NewsKnown for her lyrical ballads and soulful songs, local singer and songwriter Jenica Rayne hopes that her new album isn’t too much of a departure for her fans.

Jenica Rayne - Promo Shot - 2014

Jenica Rayne – Promo Shot – 2014

“The album is different and you can’t really put it into a box or category,” explained Rayne. “Some people say it is alt-country, but it’s not. It’s really eclectic and I think it is a collection of material that is really thought provoking.”

The album, entitled Hit the Ground Running, launched on Oct. 26 at BluMartini. It took almost a year to create and Rayne collaborated with many musicians she has worked with in the past to get the perfect mix of material.

“I went to a studio in Kingston and recorded some tracks and then I took them to Vancouver, played over them with other friends and then brought them back and did it all again,” explained Rayne. “The end result is a nice mix of sounds. I really enjoyed all of the collaboration and we have some trumpets and tenor saxophones on the record that I love.”

Rayne comes from a family of musicians, and while she always played and thought of herself as a musician, she decided to pursue other careers for a number of years. She always came back to music, however, and after making her first album in 1999 she realized that to become a professional musician she would require some training.

“I realized I didn’t have the language to communicate with other musicians,” she said. “I wrote all of the music, but I didn’t really know what I was doing and I certainly couldn’t articulate it. That is what made me pursue an education in music and it has been fun ever since.”

Rayne now teaches music at the Kingston School of Music and Winston Churchill Public School, as well as performing gigs and making albums in her down time. She loves creating new music and taking advantage of the quiet times in her life that allow her to do that.

“I don’t have a lot of downtime so I really appreciate the moments when I can just sit down with my guitar and dig deep inside myself and create,” added Rayne. “I love the studio too and working with such fantastic musicians.”

Response to the new album has been positive so far and Rayne is now in the process of choosing a single for the radio. She has had lots of suggestions, but that hasn’t helped her narrow it down just yet.

“I’ve had some feedback from people about which one to choose, but everyone seems to have a different favourite.”

Rayne hopes that people give the album a chance, and they hear the overall message of the album.

“The whole message of the album is to not wait for life to happen, make it happen because it won’t happen if you just sit around and wait for it. You have to make your own path and follow your own dreams.”

Hit the Ground Running is now available on iTunes and in local record stores. For more information and tour dates visit