What is your artist name?

Dream Rayne

Explain what your name means?

My mom gave me the name Dream. She wanted me to go for my dreams starting when I was young. She gave me her birth name as a middle name because she doesn’t want it to “die” in a sense. She changed her legal name to Stephanie and regrets the decision. My name is a reminder of how life is an experience and it’s up to me to make the most of it.

What city and state are you representing?

Lincoln, Nebraska

Describe your style of singing or rapping?

My style of singing has been described as “a mixture of Beyonce and Jodie Connor”. I associate myself with R&B artists mostly. However, I believe my style of singing is very unique and has it’s own sound influenced heavily by jazz/blues culture.

Who inspired you to pursue a music career?

.My personal belief is that singing and writing music is a natural ability. When I create art, it feels right as if it were destined. The inspiration comes within so the artists who inspire me, or rather motivate me, are truly a reflection of what I feel is real within myself. They give me ideas on ways I can express and influence. Rihanna, Beyonce, Toni Braxton, Aaliyah, BB King, are some of the few legends I have adored up to this point.

What challenges did you face as a youth in pursuit of your music dream?

I grew up with a single parent and a step dad who was in and out of my life a lot. My biological dad moved to Canada once his visa expired. The relationship I had with my mom when I was younger was tough. She was hard on me and taught me to be independent at a young age. My mom has been a waitress for as long as I can remember. She works double shifts and is hardly ever home. My family lives pay check to pay check. I have three other half siblings; one by a different mother. I watched my mom go through impossible hardships. I was the only one she could cry to due to my step dad being slow to mature and my grandmother carrying grudges. My mom never had a lot of anything as a kid and even now. She does her best to provide us with everything we need even if it means she gets nothing.

Describe your feelings when you’re recording music in the studio?

Many feelings develop in the moment of recording a song. First, anxiety. I feel pressed to do my absolute best when I put down my lyrics. I want people to feel what I’m saying and cherish it. But even if I am well prepared, I get nerves. A mixture of passion more than anything gives me adrenaline. A mixture of pain and pleasure gives me the emotional force. It starts deep within my chest, but in a place where the heart can’t touch. My soul flows out of me really.

What is the message behind your music?

The truth. My truth. The message is one that relates to people and their pain. Everyone has a story, but in some way we are all connected making it one story. I want people to hear my music and relate from a place deep within themselves. I want to sing the ideas and thoughts people are afraid to say outloud.

What do you fear the most in this business?

I only fear how it will change me as a person. I don’t want to get away from my truth or the person that life has made me into. I know artists who, once they make it big, conform to mainstream music identity and make music strictly for the clubs and parties. I’m willing to make these kinds of songs but I want my image to be portrayed in accordance to the music I reminisce to.

Are you excited to be featured in RNH Magazine?

I am excited for this opportunity. Coming from a small city and state that gets very little recognition, I see this as a critical point in my music career. This is my chance to show the world my talents and intelligence for what they really are.

How can people reach you on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & etc?

Twitter: @_dreamrayne

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