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Raina Krangle

A mix between Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Joss Stone, Raina can go toe to toe with any one of them. With strong, yet soothing vocals, Raina delivers poignant songs with catchy melodies, heartfelt lyrics that truly connect with the human spirit and a signature folk/rock style that is uniquely her own. Her song-writing often explores the uplifting themes of love, life, and spirituality as well as the environmental and political.

An experienced singer-songwriter, this Toronto native began playing her original songs on guitar as a teenager at classic folk clubs in Toronto such as Free Times Café & the El Macombo. Coming from a musical family, it’s no wonder Raina began singing and creating songs. Her mother sang and played autoharp with Bob Ezrin in the old Yorkville folk club days and her dad often played guitar and piano around the house lulling a young Raina to sleep singing Bruce Cockburn’s, “All The Diamonds” in perfect harmony with her mom. Her sister, Jodi also began songwriting and played piano, while her grandfather played piano and entertained the family at holiday events. Raina’s early songwriting years actually began on the piano until her teenage years when she got a new guitar for her birthday. Combined with her previous “daughter’s day” gift set of 4 harmonica’s, Raina began playing and writing songs using both instruments and now occasionally uses her mom’s old Oscar Schmidt Autoharp.

She has since gone on to play at local festivals such as Eaglewood Folk Festival, The Newmarket Jazz Festival, Canada Day, Taste of the Hill (in Richmond Hill) as well as Winterfolk. (Toronto) She continues to perform at several venues in the Toronto, Hamilton, Burlington and York Region area.

Her first self titled CD, Raina Krangle-Solstice was finally released in 2012 and well received. The first song on the CD, “Needle in the Hay received the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award nomination from both Folk Music Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council. Her newly released single, “Home” is just a small taste of what’s to come on her next CD. Her newest song, “Holy Land”, has already won the Newmarket Arts Council Songwriting Competition and Raina has made appearances on Rogers TV, Whistle Radio and Pickering College Radio.

As an educator, mom and primary music teacher in the public school system, Raina is also passionate about children’s education and mental health and has been entertaining young children for over 13 years with her original and traditional songs from her kids CD. Raina brings her adult signature style to her kids music and mixes it with whimsical humour. Her first kids CD, Raina’s Rainbow Party was also well received as she was selected to showcase her kids music at the 2015 Folk Music Conference. In addition to performing for many local Farmer’s Markets, Fire Station Open Houses, Hopefest, Hockey4Heros, Hamilton SuperCrawl and Telling Tales Festival, Raina also performed for the kids at Toronto Pride. Her kids songs appear on a compilation CD, The Mighty Tribe, along with Tom Wilson, Mimi Shaw and other Hamilton artists. More of Raina’s kids songs will be featured on The Mighty Tribe 2, (soon to be released) and will include many of the same artists as well as The Arkells. .

Whether singing for kids or big kids (adults) Raina’s signature style delivers original, catchy folk/rock songs infused with a splash of country and adult contemporary for her trademark sound.