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. Breaking out in cities on the east coast, her quirky ‘je ne sais quoi’ has a refreshing realness to it. A New England girl at heart, Lainey is not afraid to speak her mind through her songs, winning awards for her true lyrics and magnetic sound. Lainey's recent award winning singles "Hey London", and dark pop ballad "Skin" are available on Spotify, iTunes, and all other streaming services. She has one goal- to make you feel. Expect her debut album in 2021.
Lainey's music reflects her ever-changing inspirations, recently leaning into a fresh pop universe while keeping her indie roots. In 2020, Lainey won the AC category in the Unsigned Only Competition and was a two time 2nd Place Overall Grand Prize winner 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 18,000 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 & Bold Point, regional festivals such as The Big E, PVDFest & the Newport Film Festival, private events & benefit concerts, and over 80 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 Warner/Chappell Publishing Group executive, Judy Stakee's Songwriting Retreat in France. Lainey is currently working with a team in Nashville on her first full length album.