songwriter | cover artist
Rhode Island-bred Lainey Dionne is an indie pop singer/songwriter from a small town you’ve probably never heard of. A millennial musician that writes “the sort of music that immediately makes you forget that you left a burning oven on” (Verge), her songs paint a picture of the playlist you steal from your trendy friend. Lainey’s 12 song album “Self Titled” is a roller coaster ride of raw, honest emotions that come with toxic and healthy relationships. “I chose ‘Self Titled’ as the name for my album because I am not defined by my exes, they do not represent my name, but they did shape me into the person I am today, through the good and the bad- and now that I’ve come out the other side, I feel entitled to myself again”. Three singles from the album have been nominated and won numerous awards. Foreign fling bop “Hey London" won the International Songwriting Competition, Unsigned Only Competition and was nominated for 2021 NEMA Song of the Year. Dark pop ballad "Skin" won the New England Songwriting Competition and was a semifinalist in the Unsigned Only Competition along with finalist toxic hit ”I Love You To Death”. A New England girl at heart, Lainey is not afraid to speak her mind through her songs. She has one goal- to make you feel, and this album will do just that.
Lainey's music reflects her ever-changing inspirations, leaning into a fresh pop universe while keeping her indie roots. Her new sound is well received bringing in over 135,000 streams on Spotify and earning national and international radio play. Lainey was nominated in 5 categories of the 2021 New England Music Awards including Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Female Performer of the Year, Pop Act of the Year, and won Best in the State of Rhode Island. Dionne was a finalist (“I Love You To Death”) and semifinalist (“Skin”) in the 2021 Unsigned Only Competitions which she won the previous year for her song “Hey London” in the AC category. “Hey London” was also 3rd place AC in the 2020 International Songwriting Competition. Lainey holds the two time 2nd Place Overall Grand Prize winner (“Skin”) title in the New England Songwriting Competition following her 2019 win. Also in 2019, she was a placing finalist in Rhode Island’s Summer's End Race to the Stage Competition. In 2018, Lainey was nominated for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, Best Americana Act, and Best College Act at the Worcester Music Awards, along with Best Breakthrough Act at Rhode Island's famed, Motif Music Awards.
Before breaking into the pop scene, Lainey released her debut record, Can't Refuse- EP, in 2016. The EP is a collection of folk/Americana songs that are an honest and vulnerable look through a twenty-something singer/songwriters eyes. The full record was featured on HomeBru'd, a segment for New England's leading alternative radio station, WBRU. Her song titled "The Next Move" off of the EP was a 2016 Semi Finalist for the International Songwriting Competition and has earned over 20,000 plays on Spotify. After the release, Lainey and her band toured the East Coast in the summer of 2017 debuting new material along with the EP. As a performing artist, Lainey has been invited to play at famed music venues such as The Strand, regional festivals such as The Big E, and over 90 venues in Rhode Island. Lainey has opened for renowned artists such as Drake Bell, The Head and The Heart, Chase Rice, and Ronny Cox.
Lainey graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2015, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Music Business with a minor in Music Production and Engineering. While attending, she had the pleasure of learning from industry professionals such as Grammy Award winning producer, Jason Stokes and Grammy-nominated hit songwriter, producer, and Warner Brothers Records executive, Kara DioGuardi. She was also accepted into former Warner/Chappell Publishing Group executive Judy Stakee's Songwriting Retreat in France. Lainey is currently working on her sophomore full length album.