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. Lainey’s 12 song album “Self Titled” is a roller coaster ride of raw, honest emotions that come with toxic and healthy relationships. “I chose ‘Self Titled’ as the name for my album because I am not defined by my exes, they do not represent my name, but they did shape me into the person I am today, through the good and the bad- and now that I’ve come out the other side, I feel entitled to myself again”. Three singles from the album have been nominated and won numerous awards. Foreign fling bop “Hey London" won the International Songwriting Competition, Unsigned Only Competition and was nominated for 2021 NEMA Song of the Year. Dark pop ballad "Skin" won the New England Songwriting Competition and was a semifinalist in the Unsigned Only Competition along with finalist toxic hit ”I Love You To Death”. A New England girl at heart, Lainey is not afraid to speak her mind through her songs. She has one goal- to make you feel, and this album will do just that.
Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
Born, raised, and still in Rhode Island! I'm from Smithfield which is a super small town in the smallest state! How did your career come together in the very beginning?
I feel like my career started coming together after I graduated Berklee College of Music. I wrote a 6 track EP titled "Can't Refuse" that I produced with my friends from college. The EP got me a meeting with Atlantic Records; they liked my voice but felt like I needed more structure and pointed me in the direction of Nashville. There I had an artist development deal where I wrote 6 songs off of my debut album "Self Titled" with amazing co-writers, some of which have written for major artists like Dua Lipa. I started finding my own groove in the pop world and wrote the remaining 6 songs with friends. Since then I have opened for major artists like Drake Bell, The Head and The Heart, and Chase Rice. Songs off of "Self Titled" have won the International Songwriting Competition, Unsigned Only Competition, New England Music Awards, New England Songwriting Competition, and more. The second single off of the album, "Skin" was also featured in an episode of Teen Mom Family Reunion. I'm very grateful with how everything has been unfolding! How did you come up with your very first single?
My first single off of my album was "Hey London". It's a song about what I like to call a 'foreign fling'. One thing surprising about me is that I am a pretty adventurous dater. I met a guy in a video game chatroom and flew out to the Netherlands to meet him 5 years later. We dated for a year and because of my interest in Europe, I applied to a songwriting retreat program in France. I was accepted and flew out to Normandy where I met a British guy. I ended up leaving the Dutch guy and started dating the British guy. I then decided I was going to go live with him for a month in England and it didn't go so hot- then "Hey London" was born and if you couldn't tell from the chorus, I was 'so over it'! Who has been your greatest influence in this industry?
I've just been kind of doing my own thing. There definitely are artists that inspire me to write, and artists that inspire me to show more of who I am on my socials. Some of these are Tommy Lefroy, Annika Wells, Gabrielle Aplin and Sigrid. Video Game is a vibe! How did you come up with the idea for it?
I wrote "Video Game" when I was getting out of a relationship where I felt trapped and manipulated. I'm a gamer and when I envisioned this relationship, I saw it as a video game that I was trapped inside of that I just couldn't win- it was rigged- and sometimes the best thing to do is quit or walk away. One of my favorite lines is "you want the controller so you can control her" and I think that really embodies the vibe of the song. This guy is tearing me down and taking away my hope of happiness. Throughout the song I'm fighting and fighting to stay in it to win but in the end, I quit. I want people that are listening to this song to know it's okay to give up on a relationship that's not good for you. Do you have dates for performing LIVE?
Yes! I play all over Rhode Island all summer! You can find dates on www.laineydionne.com/live What are you most looking forward to this year? We hear your second album is in the works to create it! What stage is it in?
I'm looking forward to just writing a TON! I'm writing a lot for sync in TV and film but also for my next project! So far I have 6 tracks written - "Video Game", "Vampire", "2009", "Glad", "Hating You Is Better", and "Yours & Mine". This album so far is definitely a mix of angsty ex boyfriend songs meets new and exciting love! How did you deal with all the changes in the past few years that the music industry has gone through?
The pandemic was super rough for musicians. I started doing weekly FB Live streams which was a great way to connect with fans! Luckily live shows are back up and running but I still do live streams every once in a while because they are fun! What would you say to your younger self if you could?
To not accept anything less than what I deserve! I still have to learn this lesson every once in a while when it comes to boys but I have so much self worth now that I'm able to recognize the signs. I wish I would've figured that out sooner but some great songs were born out of some crappy guys! On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you to get your next project ROLLING!
10. Easy peasy! Expect a new single very soon and follow socials and my mailing list to stay up to date! When you're not feeling motivated how do you get back on track?
I feel like creativity breaks are necessary. Sometimes you just need to take a second to breathe and get in a good head space and that's totally okay! I stay motivated by keeping everything organized and listening to artists that inspire me! How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success?
There are some of the most talented people in the world that you have never even heard of. I think being at the right place at the right time really plays a role in this industry but it goes hand in hand with having the chops to strut your stuff. You need talent, drive, and a bit of luck.
How can we stay up to date with you?
You can find everything on www.laineydionne.com