In an era of overnight sensations that fizzle as quickly as they spark, and a time when music seems often overshadowed by a side show of special effects, it's a relief to know that there are still bands out there that are the real thing: bands who play their own instruments, write their own songs, and have the musical chemistry that can only come from playing and touring together for over a decade. This is Raining Jane.
Raining Jane's most recent project has them collaborating with Jason Mraz on his fifth studio album, "Yes!" Raining Jane and Mraz have been writing songs together since 2007. One of their first co-writes, "A Beautiful Mess," appeared on Mraz's platinum album "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things," while another, "Collapsible Plans," was featured in the Cannes-Selection documentary "The Big Fix," which earned a Hollywood Music and Media Award for Best Song in a Film.
"Yes!" features songs co-written by Raining Jane and Mraz, Raining Jane as the band on the record and on stage with Mraz in support of the album, which will be released July 15th, 2014.
Mai Bloomfield, Becky Gebhardt, Chaska Potter and Mona Tavakoli got their start as a band playing shows in the Los Angeles area. It wasn't long after their first show at UCLA in 1999 that the four women hit the road to make music their full-time gig. With their original blend of indie-rock-folk, they launched into a hefty touring schedule, performing over 120 shows per year for 6 years straight, all independently booked and managed. From colleges to concert halls, from opening tours for Sara Bareilles to headlining their own shows, Raining Jane became an example of indie success.
Over the years Raining Jane has released four albums, with "The Good Match" as their latest flame. The album showcases the band's uplifting and heartfelt songwriting, as well as rich vocal harmonies and diverse instrumentation (guitars, cello, cajon, sitar, bass.) Their music can be heard elsewhere with songs appearing on shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing with the Stars." They've also played on records for other artists such as Willy Porter's "How To Rob A Bank."
In addition to their musical work as a band, Raining Jane has always been passionate about community outreach. In 2010 they established Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles, a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls through music education. Now in its fifth year, the organization has reached over 400 young girls, has inspired the help of hundreds of volunteers, and has provided a vibrant, creative resource for Los Angeles.