Pop singer Raiche will perform a free concert Saturday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Laumeister Art Center. Raiche, whose real name is Raiche Wright, has a unique singing style from using her soulful roots with a little pop.
A native of Pittsfield, Mass., Raiche found music at the age of six when she would practice with her mother, a worship leader. Soon after, she starred in church and school plays. In high school, her guitar-strumming sister inspired her to perform in local talent shows. Eventually Raiche focused on her craft, uploading cover videos to YouTube, the first being Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Madness” single.
After words of encouragement from her grandmother, Raiche decided to leave the small town of Pittsfield and move to Boston where she met local legend DJ Knock Out, who became a big brother figure to her. DJ Knock Out followed her singing snippets on Instagram, and scheduled a meeting with her and the crew that became her Genre Defying Entertainment production team. She says of her team, “They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.”
Raiche cut a demo EP of cover songs. Singer and songwriter Prince Charlez, heard her demo, “Money Pies.” Her music hit the streets, and in 2017, she signed with Atlantic Records, the 70-year-old label that has claimed many famous performers such as Bruno Mars, Cardi B, and the late Aretha Franklin.
“Money Pies” is Raiche’s first single, a testament to the short-lived surplus of money and idea of “what if” it truly grew on trees. “The song does talk about money, but to the point of where it’s not everything,” she explains. Her second single, “Lights Out,” brings more of her vocal dimensions but retains a feel-good vibe.
While the road leading to her life now hasn’t been easy, Raiche is proof that working hard and having talent can truly pay off with patience. “My mission is to work hard and keep going, no matter what,” Raiche says with confidence.
Mikayla Adams, a freshman majoring in Arts Administration at Southern Vermont College will open for Raiche. Coming from a small town next to Plymouth, Mass., Adams has been learning to play many different instruments since the age of six including guitar, bass guitar, and piano. Adams started writing songs when she was 16, mainly based on the life and paintings of Van Gogh. These include songs inspired by his paintings Starry Night, Bedroom in Arles, and Wheatfield with Crows. Her goal is to have these songs translate feelings and colors of the painting into a song, creating a sound for the mystery that lies in the way art portrays emotion. Her music encompasses a mix of blues, indie, and folk, creating a range of lighthearted and mysterious tones.
For more information on Raiche’s free concert, call 802-442-7158.