About

About

Short Bio

Woodstock-based singer-songwriter Adrien Reju  has  coined  her  own  brand  of  indie-folk-­retro-rock with a mesmerizing live performance that draws in audiences with her strong, clear Patsy Cline-esque voice and old-soul quality songs with contemporary hooks. Fellow peer and singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata says "she is like a bird from another planet who can see directly into your heart".

To  date, Adrien has released a 5-song EP, Lucky Ones (2012), and a full length LP, A Million Hearts (2009) to critical acclaim and regular rotation on such AAA radio programs as WXPN's World Cafe with David Dye.  She has toured  the  U.S.  and  Canada  appearing  as an opener and band member/backup singer with artists including  Rachael  Yamagata,  A.C.  Newman  (The  New  Pornographers),  Neko  Case,  Amos Lee,  Gillian  Welch,  Linda  Rondstadt  and  David  Bromberg.  Her  songs  "Heartless"  and  “The  Waiting   Room”  were  featured  in  the  Hallmark  movie  Flower  Girl.

Full Story 

Adrien  Reju  is  a  Woodstock,  New  York-­based  singer-­songwriter  who  has  been  described  by  the  press  as  "timeless"  and  "compelling"  with  "Renoir  good  looks".   She  has  been endorsed  by  her  peers  including  singer-­songwriter Rachael  Yamagata   who  says she  "is  like  a  bird  from  another  planet  who  can  see  directly  into  your   heart".  With  formal  training  in  guitar,  piano and  percussion,  and  a  penchant  for  turning  a   great  phrase,  Reju  has  evolved  into  an  artist   who  cares  deeply  about  what  she  creates,  from  the  composition  of  her  songs  to  the  way  in  which  she  delivers  them  to  her  fans.    

Raised  in  New  York  City  as  the  only  daughter  of  a  cellist/composer  and  music teacher/book  editor,  Adrien  was  exposed  to  a  range  of   musical  genres  from  an  early  age  from  classical  to  jazz  (her  father’s  repertoire),  and  from  folk  to  classic  rock  (her  mother’s  record   collection).    She  credits  her  parents  and  their  musical and literary upbringing  as   major  contributors  to  her  musicality  and  integrity  as  a  writer  and   performer.  

Musically  speaking,  Adrien  got  her  start  in  Philadelphia  running  with  a  close-­knit  scene  of  budding   songwriters,  including  Blue  Note  Artist  Amos  Lee,  and  became  a  forefront  member  of  the  Americana   band  The  Lowlands.  The  band  quickly  gained  popularity  in  the  region  and  was  deemed  the  “Band  to   Watch”  at  the  2006  Philadelphia  Folk  Fest  where  they  achieved  the  highest  gross  record  sales  of  all  the  performers  that  year  with  their  album   Bark  &  Twine.  But as circumstances got in the way, the group disbanded  in  2010  and  Adrien moved  to  the  Big  Apple  where  she  further  honed  her  craft and embarked a solo  career.  

New York City-based songwriter/producer/comedian  Jack  Dishel  (Regina  Spektor,  The  Moldy  Peaches)  caught  one  of  Adrien’s  live  performances  in  2011  at  The  Living  Room  in the Lower  East  Side,  and  subsequently invited her to record her next  project at his residential studio, The Overlook. The production and songwriting collaboration resulted in the Lucky Ones EP.  

Offering  something  fresh   for  dedicated  fans  and  new  listeners,  the new album was a departure  from  the  folk vibe  of  her  2009  self-­released  debut,  A Million  Hearts,  showing  evolution  and  growth  from  the  artist  with  it’s  indie-­pop  sound,  orchestral  arrangements,  driving  bass  and  retro-­rock  backbeat  drums.   The  album  was  funded  through  a  Pledge  Music  campaign  which  raised  127%  of  its   goal  with  support  from  fans  throughout  the   US  and  Canada  and  as  far  as  the  UK  and  Germany.  

Singer-­songwriter  Rachael Yamagata,  who  had  also  released  an  album   through  Pledge Music,  got  wind  of  the  Adrien's music and invited her on  a North  American tour  as  opener, background singer  and  band  member  playing  guitar,  bass,  casio and percussion. 

Through the diverse stages of her musical career, Reju  has  coined  her  own  brand  of  indie-folk-­retro-rock with a mesmerizing live performance that draws in audiences with her strong, clear Patsy Cline-esque voice and old-soul quality songs with contemporary hooks. 

To  date,  Adrien  has  toured  the  U.S.  and  Canada  appearing  as an opener and band member/backup singer with   artists  including  Rachael  Yamagata,  A.C.  Newman  (The  New  Pornographers),  Neko  Case,  Amos   Lee,  Gillian  Welch,  Linda  Rondstadt  and  David  Bromberg.    Her  songs  "Heartless"  and  “The  Waiting   Room”  were  featured  in  the  Hallmark  movie  Flower  Girl,  and  "All  To  Myself"  has  been  in  regular   rotation  on  such  AAA  radio  programs  as  WXPN's  World  Cafe  with  David  Dye  and  KEAO's  The  Time  Machine  with  Michael  McCartney.  

Adrien  recently  recorded  a  cover  of  the  Tom  Waits  song  I Hope That I  Don’t  Fall  In  Love  With  You”,  which  gained  the  attention  of  WXPN’s  Bruce  Warren  who  says,  “Reju  strips  the  song  down  to  it’s  essential  emotional  core,  leaving  the  song  and  her  voice  to  speak  to  the  power   of  the  music.”  Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCQM-pnSkfk