Rorie is a singer-songwriter, crafting music that tells stories of heartache and hope. With poetic lyrics and emotive vocals, Rorie’s songs are ethereal, yet grounded in reality. She transports listeners to other worlds while tugging at the heartstrings of what it means to be human. Her journey began at an early age while singing and playing piano and guitar with her church choir. She grew up filling notebook after notebook with lyrics, and slowly found the confidence to begin sharing those songs outside the walls of her bedroom. The vision solidified while working for an anti-human trafficking organization in NYC. She wrote a song inspired by her time there, and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to record the song and film a powerful music video that raises awareness about this important issue. “This song was a turning point for me. I knew that telling stories through music was something that I absolutely needed to do, and was ready to take the jump.”
Soon after, Rorie released two EPs: “Singing & Silence” and “Dawn”, which were featured in the iTunes singer-songwriter New Artist Spotlight, and reached top 10 in the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts. During this time, she collaborated with producers such as Chad Copelin (Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Belle), Tommee Profitt (NF), and opened for artists such as Charlotte Martin, Josh Garrels, Elise Trouw, and more while also playing headlining shows with her band around the East Coast and partnering with brands such as Anthropologie.
Rorie is now preparing to release her debut Full Length Album in January 2020. With honest songs written everywhere from her living room to the emergency room, the album is the most holistic picture of Rorie’s artistry to date. “The lyrics on this record all trace back to specific experiences that have taken place over the last few years. I wrote this album alone in my apartment, and many times through tears.” It’s not a sad album though, but full of hope and stories about life and being brave. “I want listeners to hear these songs and take a second glance at life, relationships, and faith. We can so often become apathetic and afraid to feel. Through this music I am saying that it is ok to go deeper and ‘look again.’”
The music is a vibrant mixture of synth-pop energy and singer-songwriter authenticity. While the subject matter is deep, you may also find yourself wanting to dance. The album was funded by another successful Kickstarter Campaign, and was produced in Brooklyn, Nashville, and LA with Chris Cubeta, Gary Atturio, Jordan Sapp, and Charlotte Martin. Rorie will embark on a regional album release tour in February 2020.
'DAWN' EP reached #7 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart
Debut EP, 'Singing & Silence' produced by Chad Copelin (Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Belle), featured top 5 in the iTunes Singer-Songwriter New Artist Spotlight
Successful Kickstarter campaign with 98 backers helping to bring "Restore" song and video to life. "Restore" was produced by Sam Ashworth (Switchfoot, Joy Williams) and engineered by Richie Biggs (The Civil Wars, Amy Grant) All profits from song downloads of “Restore” are donated to Nomi Network and Restore NYC.
Climate Music Video produced by Open Valve Studios, Los Angeles based film company (a collaboration for their portfolio)
Headlined at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA - x3, 165+ tix
Opened sold out shows for Josh Garrels, Elise Trouw + opened for Charlotte Martin (mini tour), Leroy Sanchez, Reeve Carney, and Emily Hearn
Performed at venues such as: Union Stage, Rockwood Music Hall, World Cafe Live, The Bitter End, The Living Room, Bowery Electric, Cafe Vivaldi, etc.
Performed at Nomi Network gala overlooking Central Park in NYC
Licensed music to an online blog community with 6K views/month and an actor with an online community of 12K+ followers
Partnered with and Performed at Anthropologie stores 4x (Georgetown, DC and Old Town Alexandria stores) on Black Friday for over 2K customers throughout the day, sold CDs in store
Atwood Magazine: "Authenticity rings through her words, and feeling through her music."
Lemonade Magazine: "What do you get when you take a piano-driven ballad and mix it with breathtakingly tender vocals and a strong sense of purpose? You get Rorie. […] And let’s not forget that beyond that near-perfect voice, the Washington, DC-based artist has a gift in her ability to turn a phrase that keeps her lyrics approachable and relatable. Rorie‘s brilliance can also be noted in her hopeful storytelling throughout the EP [...] Rorie is everything you could want in an artist and it all shines through on Dawn."
Ellenwood EP: "...it’s obvious that Rorie will quickly become a well known solo artist of her own right. With two standout EPs under her belt so soon in her musical career, she is definitely one to keep an eye on in the future."
Connection Newspapers: "Local Pop Star Rorie Sings her way to the Big Time"
Wolf in a Suit: "Cinematic indie pop soundscape that houses verses that hit deep and hit true while being delivered by a voice that is mesmerizing and full of emotions and a story that can be felt as ours – fall in love with the verses, the melody and that unknown that exudes from Rorie."
A Bit of Pop Music: "The collection of four songs moves between anthemic ballads (‘Fall and Rise’) and mysterious electronic pop (‘Measureless’). ‘Gold’ is a strings and piano driven gem and title track ‘Dawn’ might be the catchiest and poppiest one of them all. All four tracks have a distinct identity and yet they blend so well with each other. Stunning EP!"
Playlistplay: (Dawn Single Premiere) "Her gorgeous voice is lowered down to a subtle but powerful tone, allowing us to relate to the downtrodden feeling of not being able to see a clear path forward..."
Playlistplay: "Rorie makes expertly arranged piano pop with lyrics grounded in reality and vocals that border on perfection."
Big City Thoughts: (Climate Music Video Premiere) "Singer-Songwriter Rorie is back with another stunning music video for her song 'Climate.'"
Hometown Sounds: "'Storyteller' got the music video treatment from Stephen Stonestreet of Charlottesville’s Stonestreet Creative, and it beautifully presents this young singer-songwriter poised for wider attention."