Ava Raiin's debut album "AVA RAIIN' was released on August 18th and debuted at #9 on the Billboard R&B album sales chart, ranked highly on 4 other Billboard charts and also on iTunes at #6 for R&B and Top 40 for All-Genres. A review of Ava Raiin's album by Solange Knowles' blog Saint Heron described her as an "audio-diva superhero"!
Her summer 2016 single and video ‘Eagle Eye’ received positive reviews from AfroPunk and was named Vimeo ‘Staff Pick’. Shortly after the release, her vocals on Blood Orange’s third album Freetown Sound also received positive reviews and mentions in Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Fader, Crack Magazine and others.
Over the last few years Ava Raiin has shared the stage and or collaborated with Solange Knowles, Blood Orange / Dev Hynes, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melissa Etheridge, The Chainsmokers, Jack Antonoff / BLEACHERS, Chrisette Michele and others. She appears on Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound album and continues to tour with him. She’s also played at SXSW (Austin), SoHo House / Everyday People (NYC) & all over the Lower East Side and Brooklyn (NYC).
Born a twin to teen parents in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ava grew up in school choirs between Minneapolis with their single, working mom and with their dad, a pimp and entrepreneur, in the outskirts of Houston, Texas. After a very unconventional childhood Raiin attended the University of Texas (Austin) and moved to NYC where she collaborated with producers and made her rounds in the artist circuit singing at open mic nights. A series of fateful meetings and introductions led to worldwide touring gigs as a background singer with a range of artists across the spectrum. After gigging for a few years Raiin took a break from music entirely. She took a job as a full-time creative producer at a major apparel hub in NYC, but would eventually give that up to tour with Solange and work on her own music full-time. Through a friend she was introduced to producer David Siskovic, “Sisko”, and they clicked instantly. The two (with support from her best friend, singer/songwriter Sye Elaine Spence and producer/songwriter Robert Maxwell) created a unique and abstract sound that supported Raiin’s poetic lyrics and entrancing vocals.