Rainie Zenith's colourful take on indie pop thumbs its nose at gratuitous social norms and invites you to celebrate your authentic self.
Sitting shamelessly bright outside the box of blind conformity, you won't find any apathy or melancholy here. It's all about bold defiance, lust for life, and raging odd-girl pride.
With music sitting broadly under the banner of pop but flirting with everything from rock to jazz to dance, Rainie Zenith’s sound is consistently praised for its diversity, and has been likened to artists including Alanis Morissette, Lily Allen, Emilie Autumn, Kate Miller-Heidke, Amanda Palmer, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Madonna, Missy Higgins, and Angie Hart.
Beginning her music career at the pubs and parties of a small Victorian regional town in 2017, Rainie Zenith has built her way up to headline in Melbourne at the Workers Club in 2022 and at the Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival in 2023. She also performed at the 2023 Hills Ukulele Festival and 2022 Melbourne Ukulele Festival on her signature electro-uke.
Combining an authentic, effervescent stage presence with a diverse catalogue of original music, Rainie Zenith's live shows enthral, engage, and encourage the shedding of inhibitions. Expect a performance that pulses with colour, movement and musical artistry. "The audience couldn’t get enough of her, dancing around the venue and cheering along,” wrote The Real Songwriters of Melbourne about her debut single launch.
There is as much diversity in Rainie Zenith’s stage set up options as in her songs, ranging from solo ukulele right up to full band and backing, and everything in between, but regardless of format, “The crowd always love the joyful vibes that radiate from the stage,” according to LOEV Directors Micky & Bri.
Inspired by a later-in-life positive autism assessment, Rainie Zenith’s 2022 out-of-the-box debut single 'Reasons To Hate Me' struck a chord with the neurodivergent community and resulted in interviews with Jamie Apps from Pario magazine, Brian Peel from The Aussie Word, John Smallman from The Bizz With Johnno, Mark Seymour from Southern FM, and 3MDR's Uncut & Unsigned. The song garnered radio play from community stations across Victoria and South Australia, and charted in Southern FM’s Big Aussie Breakfast Top 45 of the Year.
2023 sees the release of two new singles. Pushing Thirty, a dance track that pushes back against ageism, gained extensive community radio airplay across Victoria, as well as in South Australia, Queensland, and even internationally, lodging in Canadian KB Radio’s Indie Top 40 for more than 10 weeks, where it peaked at number two.
Piss-Soaked Ecstasy, a piano-driven piece of frenetic fury directed at a wayward boyfriend, released on November 10.
Rainie Zenith has worked with producers Hugh Middleton (Hope D, Jaguar Jonze, Mid Ayr) and George Charra (Seeb, HRVY, Goodboys), and is currently recording an album with producer Sean O’Sullivan for a 2024 release.
With a penchant for pieces that fall broadly within the gothic fantasy realm, Rainie Zenith's work has been published in numerous literary journals and short story anthologies.
She was the winner of the 2020 Monash Short Story Competition and the Fountain 2020-2021 Essay Contest.
Her work was also shortlisted in the 2021 Wyndham Writing Awards and highly commended in the 2021 Monash Short Story Competition.
Rainie acted as a guest judge for Iron Faerie Publishing's 2021 Betwixt Writing Competition, which revolved around a mythical creatures theme.
Her own stories often feature the esoteric and supernatural, and she enjoys blurring the boundaries between reality and perception.
Her current project is a gothic psychedelic novel on track for completion for 2024.
What People Say
“What Rainie’s doing is truly authentic. She has her vision, she has the execution, I can’t wait to see what else she brings to the world!”
— Michael DeMarco, Creative Director, Simple Souls Media
“Rainie writes from the heart. Her songwriting skills reflect stories we can relate to in our own lives.”
— Jimmy Dunne, Entertainment Coordinator, Celebrate Mooroolbark Festival
“We absolutely love working with Rainie and her team. They are always super professional and so easy to work with! The crowd always love the joyful vibes that radiate from the stage.”
— Micky & Bri, Directors, LOEV events
“"The audience couldn’t get enough of her, dancing around the venue and cheering along."”
— Real Songwriters of Melbourne, reviewing the Reasons To Hate Me single launch show