R E L is 23 years old, 3 years young. Describing her music as EVOCA-POP, R E L envelopes music and melody with feeling - a sensory experience, love, light and magic.
Chicago born/LA based singer-songwriter, R E L, released a crowd-funded debut EP in 2015 called R.E.L., which garnered notable praise from music bloggers, industry and fans. The young, independent artist has amassed over 3 million streams across platforms.
Always with her reliably potent voice, R E L’s music has been described as dreamy, sultry, innovative, gorgeously spirited, soulful, intuitive, rhythmic, ethereal, electro, colorful & brimming with emotion. R E L describes her music as EVOCA-POP – a genre the young singer-songwriter created in 2016, derived from “evocative” and “pop”... music that makes you think and feel.
Her music has been featured in Wonderland, Ones to Watch, Atwood, EARMILK, The 405, LADYGUNN, The Line of Best Fit, Popdust, Huffington Post, Killing Moon, Hilly Dilly & B3Sci, & has been played on KCRW & MTV Iggy, among other outlets & stations.
The young artist has headlined and performed at high profile venues and industry showcases throughout Los Angeles such as Chris Douridas (KCRW) & MFG’s School Night, BMI Acoustic Lounge, WFNM at Madame Siam, The Echo, The Peppermint Club, Zebulon, Resident, The Hotel Cafe, NiteLight, SoFar Sounds, Balcony TV, Hunnypot Live, Writer’s Block and Echo Park Rising.
Her collaborations include tracks w/ Robot Koch, Jynjo & DUEFUNK. She's played shows w/ Dawn Richard, Gordi, QUIÑ, Z Berg, Allie Crow Buckley, Sedona, LeyeT, Pearl Charles, Nick Dorian, YAS, h2the, Geneva White, Lauren Ruth Ward, FLAVIA, Xkylar, Felly, Kosha Dillz & more.
R E L's current project is a 3-side visual album, EVOCAPOP. Singles from Side A premiered via Earmilk, the 405, Line of Best Fit and PopDust and the first music video premiered via LADYGUNN magazine. EVOCAPOP Side A came out March 22.
R E L explains, "Music has the power to heal. I developed anorexia at a very young age (7). It permeated my life through my sophomore year of college. The struggles I faced affect many women, and men. Side A is about the first stage of healing – facing the problem, hitting a low. I’ve developed the EVOCAPOP project in three “sides”, so I can address each phase of healing as its own story & as part of a bigger story. Self love is the first step towards happiness, towards peace."
R E L invented her own genre because she believes categories force something (and someone) into a mold. No one fits a mold exactly, it can be dangerous to try or to think you’re supposed to. “I grew up in the suburbs, where we tried so hard to fit the molds. We hurt ourselves, hated ourselves, f*cked ourselves over. I did it for a long time. It hurt...and it doesn't just exist in suburbs. We do it everywhere. Music is medicine. It’s powerful. Love heals, melody carries, lyrics speak the heart.
Thank you for listening & stay tuned.