Kingston, Ontario Singer-Songwriter Jenica Rayne Releases Retro Country Rock Album, ‘Hit The Ground Running’

October 10, 2014


Kingston, Ontario Singer-Songwriter Jenica Rayne Releases Retro Country Rock Album, ‘Hit The Ground Running

Hit The Ground Running by Jenica Rayne
[Kingston ON] Kingston’s own passionate singer-songwriter, storyteller and seasoned performer Jenica Rayne of Jenica and The RayneMakers and Calamity Janes will release her brand new solo, retro 70s / Country Rock album entitled Hit The Ground Running at BLUMartini Bar & Grill, 178 Ontario Street in Kingston on Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:30 pm. Her band for the evening will feature Doug Reansbury on electric guitar/BG vocals, Alec Barken on bass, Ken Hall on keys, Duncan Holt on drums, James Wannamaker on tenor sax, Janet MacRae on trumpet, Lynne Hanson and Sandy Stubbert on BG vocals, Danielle Lennon on violin and Rayne on guitar/vocals. Tickets for the CD Release show are available at Tara Foods and Brian’s Record Option.

Hit The Ground Running includes some of Kingston’s and Vancouver’s finest musicians. Recorded during 2013/2014 in Duncan Holt’s Concept Audio Studio in Kingston, and in Vancouver at Hammond Avenue Studio with Rayne’s longtime friend and producer Simon Kendall, the album offers many thoughtful Country Pop/Rock ballads with string arrangements and piano. The title track, “Hit The Ground Running” is an Anthemic Country Rock ballad that starts out slow & builds to mid tempo with brass arrangements and an orchestral sounding chorus, while the up tempo, road tripping “Faster” is Country/Rock inspired by true life events while performing in Mexico.

Rayne wanted to weave the musical influences of her Vancouver players with the sounds of her musician friends here in Kingston. It took a year but she got the sound she was looking for. Her mature alto voice is well-worn like your favourite pair of cowboy boots and her Retro Country Rock compositions and thought-provoking lyrics will take you back to the 70s. This album will fit in perfectly with your Blue Rodeo and Patty Griffin LPs.

Jenica Rayne is a jazz trained, accomplished guitarist and storyteller Jenica Rayne at the farmdescribing soul-searching, fun-loving and heartbreaking experiences. Audiences become engaged, reflective and revitalized with her shows. She has released four previous critically acclaimed solo CDs: Hall of Memories (1999), Essential Elements (2005), Live Rayne (2007) and Love is Love (2013), as well as Calamity Janes (2013) with the Calamity Janes Band.

Rayne recently appeared on CTV Morning in Vancouver with Jessie/Genie Award winner Simon Kendall and has shared the stage with many of Canada’s finest performers. She teaches music and guitar at the Kingston School of Music and is now ranked #1 in Folk / Folk/Rock by ReverbNation in Kingston, and #67 nationally.

Hit The Ground Running is available on iTunes and CD Baby.

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Kingston Arts Council Presents How To Work With Local Media For Better Arts Communication

Last night, (November 9, 2010) I attended How to Work with Local Media for Better Arts Communication, a workshop presented by the Kingston Arts Council (KAC) at The Residence Inn at 7 Earl Street in Kingston. The Kingston Arts Council’s objective was “to create an open dialogue between artists, art organizations, and media members to better understand how to create more symbiotic communication between the groups” with the hope that this will result in less arts events being missed in media coverage.

Greg Tilson, Program Coordinator for KAC hosted the workshop that featured panel members comprised of Kingston media professionals including:

Ally Hall – Arts & Entertainment Editor of The Queen’s Journal
Greg Burliuk – Arts & Entertainment Editor for The Whig Standard
Tori Stafford – Reporter for Kingston This Week and The Gananoque Reporter
Danielle Lennon – Publisher & Editor of
Melissa Duggan – Videographer and Weather Anchor for Newswatch @5:30 on CKWS TV
Jef Johnston – Sales for CKWS, FM96 & CKWSFM
Jane Deacon – Editor of Kingston Life magazine
Alec RossFreelance Journalist (Kingston Life)
Meredith DaultFreelance Writer for The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio and Words and Music magazine
Irina Skvortsova – Business Manager for CFRC 101.9 FM Radio Queen’s University
Bonnie Golomb – Editor & Publisher of Profile Kingston (couldn’t attend but sent her comments)
Brian Johnson – General Sales Manager for CHUM FM (couldn’t attend but sent his comments)

and special presenter:

Colin Wiginton – Manager, Cultural Services, City of Kingston (Kingston actually has a cultural development agency and a Culture Plan, and is working towards greater communication and support of the media as well as audience development and cultural tourism.)

Workshop participants were asked by the media reps to remember that as arts promoters the question we should always ask is, “Why should I care?” Why should the media care about your press release? Kingston has such a rich cultural, arts & entertainment scene that the competition for attendees at events is fierce and it is impossible for the local media to cover everything. In fact, there are probably more producers of events in Kingston than there is an audience for them so promoters have to KNOW their audience and SELL their event.

The general consensus among panel members was that promoters should:

• Be unique
• Know what your angle is
• Make it easy for the media
• Be prepared
• Correspond by email
• Write a great press release that will grab the media’s attention
• Send a photo or EPK with your email
• Give them video to use if possible
• Follow up all communications with phone calls to ensure receipt
• Time events to avoid double booking (i.e. if three new plays by different theatre groups all open on the same night, Greg Burliuk cannot possibly review them all!)
• Time events that you want covered by CKWS TV away from 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm
• Research the publications you’re interested in: know their audience and when they publish
• Use
• Use The Whig’s Events Calendar online –
• Contact –
• Use the Kingston Arts Council’s Arts Directory –
• You’ll need more than one radio commercial per day to get your message across
• TV advertising doesn’t have to be expensive
• Be your own media and use your website, email list, videos, social media and all the current technologies that are available to you

Above all, don’t be afraid to get to know and network with your local media! They want to help raise awareness about arts & entertainment in Kingston!