As an artist I strive to express emotions that others can not thus creating very meaningful, heartfelt songs aimed to engender the lives we live each and everyday. When listeners let me know how a song of mine helped them through loss, turmoil, heartbreak or helped them express joy or happiness as an artist, musician and fellow human being I feel a true sense of purpose and fulfillment. I’m honored to share my love of our unique lives through my art and am truly honored to continue to make a difference in other peoples lives.
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dreamer, humanist, feminist, spiritual seeker and optimist Isa Greane strives to step beyond convention to recognize and celebrate our true unique selves. An intimate acoustic performer his music and lyrics express inspiration from the heart, “a place without words,” transporting the listener into a world of love, belonging, hope, dreams and everyday moments often overlooked where people can show their “true colors” stepping outside of social confines without dividing lines between gender, race and socio economic boundaries and live in hope sharing our commonalities as people. His journey has led him throughout towns and cities in the United States, welfare lines, depression, fatherhood, abandonment, hope and what it means to believe.
Greane spent most of his early childhood revering Mozart and Chopin, donning colonial clothes and wigs, aiming to write music before he could even write words. Raised primarily by his mother, he was surrounded by strong feminist women including his grandmother who is a painter and welded submarines in northeast shipyards during the War. Though his upbringing was staunchly working class, music and art became is 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. “The mask I wore,” states Greane, “became a burden, honestly because it never fit right and never would.” He grew his hair long, lived as an ascetic, writing poetry and contemporary songs for the first time. Discovering his own creativity allowed him to finally meet and express his true self. “As a kid I’ll never forget the day a classmate leaned over to me and said,”you’re weird.” “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.” For the first time that authentic self also began to endure hateful words about his appearance and identity. “I held true to my heart searching to find compassion, exploring the boundaries of hope, identity and acceptance.
Graduating with honor from Berklee College of Music in 2008 with a degree in songwriting Greane’s first EP, “Nouveau” was released in 2017. 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) and Jesse Coutu of The Mixing House Studios (Berklee alumni 2008). Two years later in the Spring of 2019 Greane’s debut album”Amour,” was released. A rootsy, organic, heart-felt album “Amour,” aims to engender the lives we live each and everyday. The album was recorded by Mell Dettmer of Soli Studios and the album features Seattle bassist Austin Quist and drummer Steve Kamke (The Bad Things) accompanied by mandolinist Ken Carlson and cellist Lori Goldston.
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 out www.greane.com/shows for upcoming tour dates. In addition to performing 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”
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An intimate acoustic performance with interspersed storytelling/ dialogue expressing inspiration from the heart, “a place without words,” transporting the listener into a world of love, belonging, hope, dreams and everyday moments often overlooked.