Laine Henderson’s music is superb and once you learn a little about her musical background you come to understand how it got to be so good.
Laine was born and raised on Vancouver’s North Shore. As a young girl, she inherited her father’s love of rhythm and grooves. Throughout high school she showed great promise as a jazz vocalist but it wasn’t until she moved to Boston, Massachussettes to study at Berklee College of Music that she discovered her gift for writing great songs. Laine’s songwriting skills and her vocal range and flexibility brought with it inevitable comparisons with Joni Mitchell. Her voice flows seamlessly from delicate highs to soulful lows all the while carrying clarity of tone that is hard to match.
Laine’s musical odyssey continued after graduating from college. Laine lived for periods in New York and Dublin and toured North America and Europe extensively as a lead vocalist with the World famous Riverdance show.
In New York City, Laine and her band regularly appeared at The BitterEnd, CB’s Gallery, the Living Room and Arlene’s.
While living in Dublin, Laine was quickly recognized as a unique talent and she soon found herself opening for well-known Irish songwriters such as Luka Bloom, The 4 of Us, Declan O’Rourke and Damien Rice.
Laine’s songwriting is poetic, full of clever lyrics and consuming imagery. Her stories are brought to life with toe tapping grooves, addictive melodies and seductive harmonies, inspired by jazz, soul, folk and funk.
Laine has now returned home. Her latest album, Occasional Rain is bright, quirky and feel-good and very, very catchy. She performs regularly around the Lower Mainland and is eager for the world to hear her new CD.