Meet the country singer Nicole Rayy, she owns the stage with your powerful voice.
Have you always wanted to be a country singer?
Yes! I love all genres of music so I didn’t always know I wanted to be a country singer in specific, but being a singer has always been my dream. I don’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t interested in music. I don’t come from a musical family, but even as a baby when music was played you could find me dancing along. I grew up very passionate about music, taking vocal and piano lessons and joining all the school musicals. Singing has always been a very important part of my life and how I best express myself.
What calms you down before a show?
I am a big fitness fan; I think movement is an underrated form of therapy. Working out always gets my body warmed up to perform and puts my mind in a clear calm state. I also love a good peppermint steam right before I go on stage. A few drops of peppermint oil in steaming hot water helps to open up my sinuses and peppermint is a very calming scent.
What is it like to be on stage when you are performing? How is the sensation?
Amazing! Being on the stage is my favourite part about being an artist. When I step on the stage I truly feel as if I am home. My biggest motivation behind playing music has always been about impacting people. I’ve always wanted to be as honest as possible in my writing, to say something real that people can relate to. I love that moment being up on stage and connecting with people through song. It makes me so happy when someone comes up to me after and they let me know how they relate to my music or how it has affected them in some way.
Who would you love to collab with?
I would be honoured to collaborate with any of the powerful female artists I look up to. I grew up listening to many talented women from the Dixie Chicks to Kelly Clarkson. Women with powerful voices who always stand up for what they have to say. One of my biggest inspirations is of course the queen of Canadian country, Shania Twain. The thing I always admired most about Shania is that she wasn’t afraid to be herself. She always pushed boundaries with her sound and her image. I know a lot of people didn’t like her when she first appeared on the scene because she blended genres and wore crop tops, but she never apologized for it. It would be a truly amazing experience to get to work with her.
What do you think of the country revival in the last year?
Personally, I love the way country music has exploded in the past few years, especially because of the ways it’s pushing the boundaries of sound. I have always been a huge fan off all genres so I love that country now includes elements of pop and rock.
Of course, being a empowerer for women, I am disappointed that unlike in the 90s when the ladies of country were huge, that now equality has gone backwards in country music industry.
It does feel like some progress has been made in regards to this issue because we have called attention to the problem, but there is more to be done. There are a lot of talented country artists both male and female, but from my perspective as a female, it seems that female artists are held to a higher standard. I think all artists male and female need to be seen equally. Also, I think it’s wrong to assume that listeners want to hear more males on the radio than females, perhaps that was the way at some point, but I say poll again! I get tired of hearing male after male on the radio and would enjoy hearing more female voices. I do think it’s great that females are standing up for one another though. A lot of times people think that females want to tear other females down, but that certainly isn’t the case in country music. That is what I am trying to demonstrate with my shows All Women Music, Girl Talk and my EP. “All Woman”. I would love to see the industry embrace more females as they are and not look at being female as some sort of disadvantage.
What beauty ritual always make you feel better?
I’ve always been very dedicaed to taking care of my skin. I love washing my face at night, toning and moisturizing. I like skincare routines that have steps to help you take care of all aspects of your skin. I currently love Rodan & Fields. I am also a bath lover. Nothing better than a nice Sunday night relaxing bath with all the fixings!
This year has been heavy. How have you managed to still find joy?
I have been keeping as busy as possible. I refuse to let this year get me down, so I have been throwing myself in to all sorts of projects. I started an online live show for female artists called. “All Woman Music”, I started “All Woman Wednesday” on my Instagram to find women owned businesses to collaborate with and I even put on my own drive-in all female festival called “HarmoniaFest”. All these projects have kept me extremely busy, but have brought me so much joy this year!
How do you dress when you have a concert?
I would probably describe my style as country-rocker. My favourite colour to wear is black! My go to outfit is jeans, a graphic tee, a cool jacket and a statement belt. My favourite shops are Shop Moda B, Clothz and of course Clash Tee. <3
Anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you for getting to know me! I’d love for you to check out my new single “Broken Boys” streaming on all platforms now.