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MP3 Reah Valente - My Way Back Home

Rock, alternative rock, indie, pop, brazilian rock, Brazilian pop, soft rock.

4 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, ROCK: Soft Rock

Renata Fernandes Valente burst into the world on a little farm in the exotic country of Brazil. As a kid, Reah was always playful, loving, curious and fiercely independent. By the age of 2 she was tearing around her family’s farm, fixing her own meals and wreaking havoc and joy to all those around her.

And then one day, while playing in her father’s shed, Reah discovered music. You see, Reah’s mother was a disco-hopping model of German descent and her dad a Portuguese lawyer by day and DJ by night. So at the age of 3, in between naps and meals, she began playing all of her father’s albums becoming obsessed with Creedence Revival, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel.

Eager to begin playing music Reah had her first acoustic guitar lesson when she was 9 years old; composed her first song at the age of 10; and picked up the electric guitar, bass, and drums by the time she was 15 years old.

Reah’s father was never supportive of his daughter’s interest in developing a music career. Instead he wanted her to become a lawyer or an entrepreneur like himself. However, Reah was not a rule-abiding straight A student. Although at the top of her class, she spent her time skipping classes, making fun of teachers, getting detentions and suspensions. When she should have been studying, she secretly went to band practices and concerts.

Blessed or cursed with an incredible amount of energy, Reah was always extremely curious. It was nearly impossible to hold her attention. However, one of the most influential figures in Reah’s life was her glamorous aunt who lived in Japan. Her aunt was a successful model and entrepreneur who traveled the earth and brought back stories of travels abroad, world music and a beautiful vision of life outside of Brazil. So, it was with this unquenchable thirst to explore this beautiful world for herself that Reah jumped at her first opportunity to leave home at the age of 16 by signing up for a foreign exchange program in Ohio. It was here that she learned English and joined every band or music group she could find. Big band, jazz, gospel, rock – you name it she tried to play it.

By the age of 18, Reah knew that she still wanted to explore the world and find the “real” her. So, one night she snuck out of the house against her father’s wishes and knowledge, with only her passport and $1 in her pocket. She boarded the first plane to Osaka, Japan dreaming of new dimensions and the freedom to explore life on her own, pursue her passion for life and music with her aunt.

However, life was not easy. Her aunt did not want to spoil her and instead taught her to be completely independent. It was a tough transition. With no money and no friends, she worked odd jobs here and there to buy food and pay rent. After dedicating herself to learning Japanese, Reah began to model and eventually assumed a management role in her aunt’s modeling agency. Then life got crazy. Traveling all over the world, working long hours, and attending late night parties that were always followed by early morning hangovers. Everything in Reah’s life was done in excess. She was lost.

Then one day in June of 2002, she figured it all out and couldn’t deny her destiny any longer. Music was her life and all that she was determined to pursue it. So, she shaved her head, grabbed her guitar, and started playing on the streets of Tokyo.

Fluent in Japanese, Reah dove into the Japanese music scene. Playing for cover bands, composing songs and writing lyrics. After several months, she met a super-star producer in Tokyo named Seigen Ono who asked her why she didn’t get vocal training and start singing her own songs? But the concept of being a singer was completely foreign to Reah as she had always shied away from the limelight. As a kid, Reah used to force her sister to sing while she composed and played the instruments. However, it was at this moment that Reah finally realized that she had always wanted to create music but she needed to take it to a new level and on her own terms.

So a year and a half later in April of 2005, her answer came with the release of her first album “Certain Relativity”, which was produced in a small studio in a remote village of Japan. She began playing all over Japan and even had her own radio show. However, Reah soon realized that she needed to move to the US to grow as a musician. So in September of 2005, she made the big move to NYC.

Underestimating what a culture shock a move to New York would be, Reah was completely unprepared for what was to come. This time she had no family or friends. She couldn’t help but fill her head with doubts. She had chosen to move to a completely foreign country leaving the comfortable, quiet and conservative streets of Tokyo for the sleepless, loud and obnoxious roads that define New York. She had to start over again, hitting the clubs and the streets, knocking on doors and receiving rejection wherever she went.

To stay involved in music, which was the only thing she now knew and lived for, she started jamming with other bands – playing the guitar, the bass and the drums – all the while continuing her writing. Until one day she knocked on the door of super-star hip-hop producer Andy “Red Spyda” Thelusma (Eminem, 50-Cent) who saw something special.

Red Spyda introduced Reah to a slew of producers but it was faith, hard work and talent that caught the attention of legendary producers Paul Fox and Dave Cobb (10,000 Maniacs, Sugarcubes, Shooter Jennings) in Los Angeles, California. On July 2, 2006, Reah moved to Los Angeles to begin producing and recording her album with this dynamic duo. 30 days later, Reah finished recording 10 tracks that would showcase a more mature, worldly and vastly more secure Reah.

Simply put, Reah Valente has a rich musical background, an unwavering commitment to the art of songwriting and music composition, and a voice that lingers long after the last note fades.

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