Rainee Lyleson is a singer-songwriter, actress and writer based in Sydney, Australia. Her show Take Me As I Am: An Evening with Joni Mitchell (dir. Joanna Wineburg), has received international acclaim for its “startling honesty and brilliance.” (Rewired) Rainee embodies Joni Mitchell in her one-woman show about the artist’s life and music. Performing to packed houses at the 2014 National Folk Festival in Canberra and venues around Australia; The Basement, Foundry 616, Venue 505 and Paris Cat. Rainee recently returned from a tour in California where she performed shows in both LA and San Francisco.
In late-2014 Rainee released her debut self-titled EP of four original tracks. She now performs under the guise of several musical projects. With influences ranging from jazz to blues and folk; the resulting music combines Rainee’s soft spot for simple vintage sounds with her love for modern improvisation.
A third generation actress, Rainee Lyleson has worked extensively in film, theatre and television. She played Juliet in King St Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet to rave reviews: “It is an understatement to say that Rainee Lyleson was flawless.” (Stage Whispers) Rainee’s TV appearances include on Dance Academy and Home and Away. She recently wrapped on US feature The Etruscan Smile alongside Brian Cox and JJ Field.
Rainee has studied at UNSW and The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and with various teachers including: Larry Moss, Kevin Jackson, Kim Farrant, Kurt Elling, Judy Bailey and Sandy Evans.
She grew up in Avalon, a small town just out of Sydney. Rainee holds duel citizenship in both Australia and America and is the daughter of psychologist Eric Lyleson and actress Lisa Peers.