RavenKane

COMPOSER / LYRICIST

BIO

Raven Kane was born “Pauline Frechette” the fifth of eleven children in a family of musicians following a long line of composers which includes her great-grandfather, Josef Vezina, who founded the Quebec Symphony.


Raised in a steel town outside of Chicago, as a young child Raven sang on her dad’s radio show, competed in and won many piano competitions and played violin in the Youth Symphony.  In her teens she wrote and performed songs throughout Europe with the Showteens then continued her music in London where she performed at clubs including The Troubadour.   In England she studied acting at the London School of Dramatic Art and at the Bristol Old Vic and composed music for The Royal Pardon and Big, Fat, Hairy Vision in London’s West End at the NewArtsTheatre.  On returning to the USA , she won the Foundation for Arts Scholarship and Farwell Award for three consecutive years lat the American Conservatory of Music and was honored as a finalist in the World Popular Music Festival,


Raven moved to NYC where she made her living by: writing music and lyrics for numerous jingles; creating songs for the TV show Infinity Factory; writing pop songs for such artists as The Carpenters; and performing her songs in NY clubs where she received rave reviews from the New York Daily News and Women’s Wear Daily.  An article by S.M. McElhinney in The News World  states: “Raven Kane is a dynamic singer and brilliant songwriter-performer.” and  “Miss Kane exhibits a driving strength born of persistence and genius ...”. 


Deciding to expand her talents as a composer to the world of musical theatre, Raven was one of thirty personally selected by Lehman Engel (out of hundreds who applied) to participate in his acclaimed  BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. 


Raven’s endeavors as composer/lyricist went on to include: Skylines produced at The New Jersey Theatre Forum; a rock-opera, Ataria, produced by Steve Leiber, William Franzblau and Michael Price for The Goodspeed Opera House and honored as a "Valuable Work in Progress" by the Songwriters Hall of Fame; The Adventures of Denton the Dragon, a children’s musical produced by The Celebrity Centre Theatre and later by the LaMirada Theater for the Performing Arts and released on CD starring the voice talents of Elliott Gould and Melanie; songs for Space World a Sci-Fi theme park in Fukoka, Japan; the title song for the film, Mind Games; a new musical Survival of the Heart written with Karen Black,  produced by the late Marvin Krauss in a NY theatre workshop directed by Pat Birch; songs for the legendary Japanese artist, Emiko Sheritori; Silicon Valley, a theatrical album of songs produced by Klaus Netzle and released in Germany by Teldec Records which were then performed by Raven in theaters throughout Germany; songs recorded by the theatrical rock group, Vogue 2000.


In 2009 Raven’s music was performed by the Baltimore Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra: the music arranged/orchestrated and conducted by her husband David Campbell.  Her composition “Reflections” had its West Coast premiere in 2010 with the Traction Street Orchestra hosted by Kat Von D at The Million Dollar Theatre in Los Angeles. 


In 2012, Raven’s poem “Words” was selected for publication in UNO KUDO/VOL. 2: NAKED. Available Dec. 9th on Amazon. Raven sang on the 2012 Official Song of the Olympics, “Survival” with MUSE.


Raven’s musical “Artaria” was presented at the Baruch Theater in NYC under the guidance of General Manager, Seth A. Goldstein of Daryl Roth Theatrical Management, LLC. It is now being further developed in L.A. where it is slated for a full production in 2013.


As a vocal coach, Raven has worked with several new young artists including: Dakota Fanning, Siouxie Medley of ‘Dead Sara’, Juliet Sims (runner up on ‘The Voice’), Hana-Li Winters, Gabbi McPhee of ‘Count’, Josh Carter and Avery Schwartz of ‘Dead Off Center’, Travis Warner, Alyssa Suede, Susana Barbery, Chelsea Alden, Jasmine Dernehl, Jason Turbin and Elle Boone.


As a singer, Raven had performed and/or recorded with: Paul McCartney, Cher, Leonard Cohen, Kenny Loggins, Aaron Neville, Ringo Starr, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond (singing duets with him on his World Tour and on his LIVE IN AMERICA album); Beck on “Sound and Vision”, and with MUSE for the Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremonies.


Raven is the proud mother of singer/songwriter, Alyssa Suede, and step-mother of David’s sons, Channing and rock legend, Beck.


Currently Raven is working on a Sci-Fi / Fantasy novel, “Journey Home” and a solo album, “Passion”, arranged and produced by David Campbell. Both projects will be released next spring.

BIOGRAPHY

“Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes”

                                            -Ludwig van Beethoven


(Artaria ~ Beethoven’s Publishing Company)