Bio

Greane’s music aims to give life, the world and the-self meaning to all the twists and turns on the roads we travel.  “As a young kid I’ll never forget the day a classmate leaned over to me and said, you’re wierd, I immediately thanked her.  After all a world with all the same faces would be dull and boring, what your authentic self brings to the table is a priceless gift.”

A native born New-England indie folk singer-songwriter, Greane spent most of his childhood dressing up like Mozart, donning colonial clothes and wigs, writing music before he could even write words. Like many young men of his generation, Greane grew up mostly fatherless. Raised primarily by his mother, he was surrounded by strong feminist women including his grandmother who is a painter and 1940′s “Rosie The Riveter” prototype.  Though his upbringing was staunchly working class, music and art became his solace, an escape from the harsh realities of his parent’s bitter divorce. He didn’t understand he was an artist until, as a college student, lost in a haze of conventional American male existence, he experienced a quarter-life crisis, leaving school in a desperate search to redefine his identity. He grew his hair long, lived as an ascetic, writing poetry and contemporary songs for the first time in his life. Discovering his own creativity allowed him to finally meet his true self.  Finding his way back to his schooling, graduating with honor from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 2008 with a degree in Songwriting.  “As an artist it’s my joy to share with others my art and provide an outlet, an escape from the rigors of everyday life so we can step back and celebrate the magic ride that is life.”

Greane’s music is a paradigm for the modern man, who walks the tightrope between gender roles, performing a daily balancing act between his masculine and feminine sides. Carving a place in society for sensitivity, compassion, understanding, and humanitarian ideals, his songs explore finding your true colors, class social issues, gender equity, corporate takeovers, and the trials of fatherhood, creative expression, identity, and love.  His music is an ode to a different kind of 99 percent…. the 99 percent of people who do things everyday to make the lives of those around them better, yet whose small acts of courage and kindness are a heroism often overlooked in our society.

Nouveau” is a contemporary folk album exploring the boundaries of hope, identity, acceptance, compassion and honesty. “I envision a world where people can show their true colors without dividing lines between races and cultures, where they can live in hope while experiencing fairness and equality in class, color, and gender. I believe we can get there one person at a time by realizing our commonalities as people, hearing each others personal stories, and practicing listening and empathizing on a daily basis.

The album features acclaimed singer-songwriter Magdalen Hsu-Li on Hammond organ and piano who he has shared the stage with at countless venues such as the The Multicultural Theater Space in Kitchener Ontario, Boston College, Hampshire College, University of Massachusetts Lowell, McCormick Place in Chicago, Il, All Asia Café in Cambridge, Ma, and Unity College to name a few.  “Nouveau” also features Seattle drummer Eric Eagle (Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, Wayne Horvitz), bassist Paul Kemmish (Rockin Teenage Combo), violist & violinist Eyvind Kang (The Decembrists, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Laura Viers) and was recorded by Mell Dettmer of Soli Studios (The Cave Singers). In addition to touring with Magdalen Hsu-Li, Greane has also performed with New York City drummer Scott Morehouse, Joey Lott, and Berklee Alums Justin Oliver, Carrie Jahde at numerous Campus Activities Board, Women’s Studies, Women’s Center, Multicultural Affairs, Orientation, and Welcome Week college events as well as at various clubs, festivals, coffeehouses, markets and art galleries.

Greane will be on tour this year.  Check the tour schedule for upcoming tour dates. In addition to performances at clubs, coffeehouses, festivals, performing arts centers, churches, galleries, and house concerts, he currently offers a performance/storytelling program entitled  “True Colours –  Concert and Storytelling”

For college, club, coffeehouse, festival, and all other booking inquiries email greanemusic@gmail.com or call 401-954-0016.

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING:

TRUE COLOURS CONCERT AND STORYTELLING

A 45-minute – 1 hour interactive live musical performance featuring Greane on acoustic guitar and vocals with interspersed storytelling/dialogue between songs.  Focusing on both original material and a contemporary take on traditional Americana folk music.