Rain Bisou is a classically trained, Latin-American singer, songwriter, recording artist and live entertainer from Los Angeles, CA.
Born Rina Guadalupe Cervantes as the eldest and only female of 6 children raised by immigrant working-class parents from Mexico and El Salvador, Rain was constantly being exposed to different genres of music in both English and Spanish from a very young age, especially because her father was an active DJ in Los Angeles all throughout her early childhood. Her father's influence and recognition of her talent encouraged her to begin performing onstage since the age of four, and with his support she also commenced formal vocal training at 14, along with writing and recording original music at 16. Immediately after graduating with Highest Honors from Norwalk High School, Rain became a full-time student at UCLA and continued private vocal training on campus, pausing for only two weeks in the summer of 2008 to give birth to her daughter, Liliana Camille, before returning to school and finishing her degree in Women's Studies and English in 2010. Almost immediately after completing her education, Rain signed an artist consulting contract with Metta World Peace under his company AMG (Artest Media Group). The alliance with Metta enabled her to take her music dreams to the next level by attracting noteworthy opportunities such as performing the national anthem at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Lakers and then over at Dodger Stadium, performing “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston with Dave Foster, featuring on a song with Prodigy from Mobb Deep and developing valuable relationships with producers and songwriters in Los Angeles such as Melanie Fontana and Q Made the Beat, all while releasing new singles and further developing her artistic identity and sound.
The tragic murder of Rain’s brother in 2012, however, sparked her immediate decision to not renew her contract with AMG, requesting a leave of bereavement to grieve his sudden death while also taking a brief pause from her artistic journey to refocus on her family, including properly adjusting to her new life as a single mother.
Following her decision to leave AMG, Rain chose to temporarily pursue a career in education as a means to financially support herself and her daughter while she underwent deep personal and artistic development. For the subsequent three years, she created a balance between motherhood and creativity by working as a full-time substitute teacher and simultaneously moonlighting as a live performer and recording artist while diligently writing and recording her first complete body of work as an independent artist. She released her debut EP, Lucid Dreams with producer Steelo Free in 2015, and then released a sequel EP, Lucideity, produced by both Steelo Free and Drew Kapner, in 2020.
By the time the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, Rain had already retired from working in the classroom to devote herself exclusively to making music, financially supporting both her daughter and herself by working as the lead vocalist of multiple cover bands all over California , including her Long-Beach based R&B cover band, The Stonecutters, bands formed by agencies such as ELAN Artists, Undercover Live, Christien Anthony Music and her Selena Quintanilla tribute band, Dreaming of You.
The pandemic shifted everything with the closure of all music venues and motivated Rain to return to her original intention of fully pursuing her dream of becoming a serious musical artist. The time that was formerly spent onstage or in the classroom was redirected to working in the studio and as a result, since the beginning of the quarantine, Rain has now completed two full-length studio albums, released 14 original singles and two cover songs, dropped 8 music videos on YouTube, written almost 80 new songs and is now in the process of filming and releasing several new music videos , singles, and a full-length album for release throughout 2022.
Ever since the summer of 2020, when she was first presented with the opportunity to collaborate with YelloBlac, founder of the artist development company Let’s Experiment, Rain has experienced significant growth as an artist, and it not only shows in the upgraded quality of the new music but also in the immediate and overwhelmingly positive feedback from supporters of Let’s Experiment and Rain Bisou fans combined. The steady release of singles and visuals throughout 2021 created a steady momentum for Rain’s career unlike anything that she has ever experienced and she’s truly grateful for all of the appreciation that’s been shown for the development of her new sound; a combination of rap, hip hop, pop, jazz and R&B soundscapes curated by YelloBlac with lyrics and melodies composed by Rain Bisou, along with song concepts that both Rain and YelloBlac have come up with together in-studio, and a heavy emphasis on music appreciation from all genres to move Rain out of the comfort zone and inspire her to write songs in ways she’s never written before.
The entire collection of singles released in 2021, entitled “High Art,” is now available in album form on all digital platforms including Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube, and while the current focus is to build a strong cult following, Rain and YelloBlac are in the works of releasing an entirely new collection of songs in mid-February, in the album “Simple Chemistry.”
Rain anticipates that this will be her most prolific and successful year yet as an artist, and truly looks forward to delivering songs that can be equally ranked in terms of excellence with those of her biggest influences: Erykah Badu, Sade, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Jhene Aiko, Rihanna, Alina Baraz, Sabrina Claudio, Willow Smith, Billie Eilish, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce and Selena Quintanilla, along with the labels Dreamville and TDE as collective forces in the music industry.