For as long as Lindsey Reightley can remember she has always been in love with music. Born in Bend, Oregon and raised amongst a family of musicians she began to show great potential at a very young age. "Music has been like a second language for me. As a child I would sing into the end of a jump rope for hours at a time. I was raised in a very musical family and singing and performing were just a part of what we all did when we got together" she recalls. Lindsey began taking voice lessons at age 12 and studied violin seriously from the age of 11 until mid-way through high school as well as being self taught on both piano and guitar but it was always clear that her passion was vocal music. In high school Lindsey sang in the honors Motown band and also managed to earn a name for herself as the national anthem singer thanks to her many performances at sporting events including the Prefontaine Classic where she sang for a crowd of over 20,000. By 16 Lindsey had begun writing her own music and at the age of 17, (2004) was awarded a scholarship to attend the summer music program at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where other artists such as John Mayer, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks and many others have found their start. During her senior in high school, (2005) she auditioned for the Berklee World Scholarship and was awarded one of the extremely sought after vocal scholarships to attend Berklee as a full time college student. Midway through her senior year of High school Lindsey got the incredible opportunity to perform with her Grandfather in Nashville at the Gospel Music Association conference where his song "A Little Bit of Heaven In My Soul" received second place for Gospel Song of the Year in the southern gospel category. While Lindsey was in Nashville she was able to meet with a handful of different producers. She returned home just in time to make the tough decision to defer her scholarship and take a chance staying in Oregon her first year of college to work with internationally known Producer Cedric Weary on an album of self-penned music. The first time Cedric Weary heard Lindsey sing she was 14 and rehearsing the spiritual"His Eye is on the Sparrow" with her Grandfather Jerry Harrison for a Sunday church service. "My jaw just dropped" Weary said. "She is a natural. I don't say that about very many people. She's a natural performer. She thrives on the stage. She just has a stage savvy well beyond her years." After their first meeting Lindsey would go on to lead worship for the next four years at the church where Weary worked as the Director of Music as well as becoming one of the youngest members of the University of Oregon Gospel Singers (also directed by Weary) where she was privileged to sing back up for Lyle Lovett and be the featured soloist at numerous Gospel events. In December of 2006 Lindsey released her self-titled debut album and made the decision to sign a radio promotion and distribution deal with RCI, a company best known for their work with Timbaland, Janet Jackson and Babyface as well as many other well known artists. Her Singles "Shake It" and "Sweet Temptations" received national airplay and "Eternally" was picked up by a radio stations in the UK becoming her first International single. Launching a new chapter she began working with a fabulous band and selling out shows at local venues weeks before their scheduled dates. Lindsey credits this success to her great amount of loyal fans most of whom came to see her when she was still singing national anthems and leading worship at church. "There are a lot of people who have followed my career from the very beginning, who believed in my dream even if at moments I lost sight of it... I would not be here without them" she says. In the process of promoting her album Lindsey encountered some heartbreaking disappointments within her management team and in the winter of 2007 decided to end her relationship with longtime friend and producer Cedric Weary and move forward in a different direction. In February of 2007 Lindsey and her Mother, Karen Howard journeyed to Boston where she was re-awarded her scholarship to attend Berklee in the fall where she studied for one semester before deciding to pursue her career once again independently. "Berklee is an incredible school but I can go to school anytime...I want to take advantage of the opportunities that I have now. The music industry is not going to wait for me to get out of school" she said. For 22, this talented young songstress is wise beyond her years and after all of the ups and downs amazingly still maintains her overall positive outlook on life refusing to give up on her dreams. Lindsey currently lives in Bend, OR and is in the process of writing and recording her sophomore album. Stay Tuned! Contact: Lindsey Reightley 541-513-5238/Linzbinz1234@gmail.com.
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