Rai Reid - raising awareness through music
Rai Reid’s debut solo single ‘Born In Rehab’ is now out! Released on Friday 24th February 2023 on all streaming and purchasing platforms, Rai’s first release from her debut album ‘Arise’ documents the journey she has taken from an abusive childhood to finally understanding and finding the greatest love of all, self-love.
Born In Rehab is the opening song and first release of Rai’s debut album ‘Arise’ which in its entirety documents the journey she has taken from an abusive childhood to finally understanding and finding the greatest love of all, self-love.
Funded by National Arts Council England and the National Lottery, Rai recorded her album using only female musicians and it is part of the Arise Project which aims to create awareness of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD).
Rai first started writing music as a child. Poetry and prose were her escape from an extremely abusive and violent childhood. She lived a rollercoaster life with undiagnosed C-PTSD, never quite understanding what was ‘wrong‘ with her until she finally attended an ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) workshop and was able to fully understand herself.
Rai is the former lead singer and songwriter for Barcelona based duo ‘Raquel & The Professor’ and stepped out solo for the first time in September 2021. Her new album ‘Arise’ has been written over the past 8 years, when her creative journey began again and documents her awful love life, her fight with C-PTSD and a co-dependency masked as hyper independence. Rai hopes that her story will help others in uncovering their own traumas and help them on the path to healing and self-love.
The ‘Arise ‘ Project is a trilogy of album, book and film. Through writing diaries over the years, Rai has been able to discover parts of her life that were pushed far to the back of her mind through dissociation which is a major symptom of C-PTSD.
The project tells her story, and by working with PTSD UK to help promote this, we hope that we can bring more awareness to the cause. Due to the nature of the project and also as a minority in the music industry, Rai decided to use only female musicians, of a certain age and with their own stories to tell. As a whole, the project hopes to inspire many more women to find self-love and compassion and to follow their creative dreams no matter what their age or history.
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