“There are so many talented people in this world and the competition is probably more difficult than it’s ever been. Whatever your greatest asset is I say use that to push yourself past the others in the most respectful way you can.”

Check out the interview with Rayne Michael exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Rayne Michael:
I started out singing as a young boy in church and have been singing for most my life. My sister Charity heard me humming along to something in our kitchen and she said, “If you’re going sing, do it loud enough to be heard.” That was just the encouragement I needed to start thinking about really pursuing this as a career. I began practicing 3-5 hours a day. In 2006 I created my first music account and posted my first recording on Myspace.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I think as a singer you have to keep putting yourself out there whether it be live shows in public or online. I always tell anyone who ask me for advice on how to get seen more to just keep posting. Try to make it sound the best you can with what resources you have available. You never know what someone else could see or hear in you.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Honestly the biggest challenge for any of us in the entertainment industry is saturation. There are so many talented people in this world and the competition is probably more difficult than it’s ever been. Whatever your greatest asset is I say use that to push yourself past the others in the most respectful way you can.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in the area in which I live does have a few resources in order to get yourself out there. Whether it be booking for live shows or even open mic or jams. I would say if you’re a new artist however it can be difficult to get yourself in the door a lot of times because people don’t know you. You need to concentrate on building a following in order to book better gigs.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of music is progressing slowly back to a place where the focus is more on talent and less on machines. You’ll see more artists having to take on several roles and look a certain way in order to get their music heard. The business seems to be more influenced by how much money they can make versus how talented someone is which is too bad.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
No matter what anyone has to say, positive or negative, decide for yourself what is right for you. Learn as much as you can about your craft and never stop learning. Knowledge is power and the more time you invest in this journey the more you’re going to get back. Lastly, learn to accept and handle rejection.

What inspires you to write your next song?
Whatever I’m going through in my life at the time. Or if there’s someone in my life who is going through something that I can relate with. Sometimes I’ll just start humming and a song will start to write itself.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
It really has to do with my emotional state at the time or if there’s a beat or track that is given to me to listen to and I really connect with it. I hear the melody in my head and write the words out as it flows. Sometimes I can write an entire song out in as little as 10 minutes, other times it can take months or years until it’s actualized.

What do you think makes a great song?
Capturing a real feeling or emotion. I believe some of the best songs ever written in this world are ballads. Those are the songs I connect with the most. The type of songs that really move you and enter your soul. Sometimes there are inspirational or uplifting songs that can achieve that same feeling.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.raynemichael.com/music
N1M: www.numberonemusic.com/raynemichael
YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/raynemichael
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/raynemichaelmusic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/raynemichaelmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/raynemichael
Instagram: www.instagram.com/therealraynemichael
Email: raynemichael@raynemichael.com