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Birth nameRachel Rabin
Also known asRAIGN
OriginLondon, England
GenresPop, alternative rock, cinematic music, progressive house
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • film score composer
Years active2012–present
LabelsMillionaire London Records, Sony ATV, Dim Mak Records

Rachel Rabin, also known by her stagename Raign (stylised as RAIGN), is an English singer-songwriter and record producer.[1] Her songs have been featured on the soundtracks of TV series, films and trailers, including The Vampire Diaries, The 100, The Shannara Chronicles, and Legacies, as well as official trailers for Younger and the video game SnowRunner. Early in her career, she co-wrote several singles for albums by Rita Ora, Jesse McCartney, and Tulisa, and in 2014 she was featured as a vocalist on the track "Fix Me" by Swanky Tunes. Released on Dim Mak Records, the song spent two months at No. 1 on the Russian airplay chart.[2]

In May 2014 her first solo track as RAIGN, titled "Don't Let Me Go",[3] debuted on episode 110 of The Vampire Diaries.[4] She performed the song on The X Factor shortly after,[5][6] which led to the song peaking at No. 11 on the official UK Indie Breakers Chart[2][4] and No. 38 on the UK Alternative Chart.[citation needed]

Raign has also had singles included on the TV series The 100, and she released her EP Knockin' on Heaven's Door in March 2015,[2] with the lead track reaching No. 116 on the US iTunes pop charts.[2] In 2015, the use of the EP's track "Knocking on Heaven's Door" in The 100 was voted Best Use of Music by audiences in the Entertainment Weekly TV Season Finale Awards.[7]

In September 2018, Raign released her debut album SIGN and two preceding singles "Out of Time" and "Who Are You", which explore influences from classic rock, pop, and orchestral movements in a "culmination of creative passion".[8][9] In June 2019, RAIGN announced via social media that a Deluxe Edition of Sign would be released.[10]

Early life and education[edit]

Rachel Rabin[1] was born in London, England, where she also spent her childhood.[11] She attended Tolworth Girls' School in Surrey.[6] She is of Latvian and Jewish ancestry. Her grandfather was Oscar Rabin, musician known for founding the Oscar Rabin Band. Her father also had a musical background, and had worked with Frank Sinatra.[1] According to Rabin, she grew up listening to big band music, and "when I first decided to learn an instrument I chose a clarinet and learned to play blues and jazz. My mum was also a semi-professional opera singer and she was always singing and I used to try and emulate her."[12] Her grandfather, who died when she was young,[1] had been a survivor of the Holocaust.[13]

Music career[edit]

Early songwriting and producing (2010–2013)[edit]

Working as a vocalist and songwriter, in 2009 she self-released a demo in the UK under her full name.[14] By 2010, she was performing original music with a mix of blues, folk, and pop in the Kingston area, at venues such as the Bull's Head.[12] She played her first show in the United States at the Viper Room in Los Angeles, where she performed a one-hour acoustic set with an accompanying guitarist.[12] Also in the early 2010s she played festivals and venues in Leicester,[12] and in 2011 she performed at the Mint in Los Angeles.[15]

Early singles and debut EP (2014–2015)[edit]

In May 2014, RAIGN released her first solo single as RAIGN, titled "Don't Let Me Go",[3] which debuted on episode 110 of The Vampire Diaries.[4] Her second solo single as RAIGN, a cover of "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak, was released on 7 October 2014 as an electropop number.[3] The New York-based electronic duo Mysto & Pizzi mixed the song.[11] At that point Mysto & Pizzi, also known for their work with Avicii and Justin Timberlake,[16] were helping produce much of her work.[2][16] In February 2015, her original track "Empire of Our Own" was included on an episode of The 100.[2]

She released the EP Knocking on Heavens Door in March 2015, which included three of her previous tracks and the new song "Knocking on Heaven's Door." Her cover of "Knocking on Heavens Door" was included on the soundtrack of the finale to season 2 finale of The 100 in March 2015.[2] In its first week of release the lead single reached No. 116 on the US iTunes pop charts.[2] In 2015, the use of "Knocking on Heavens Door" in The 100 was voted Best Use of Music by audiences in the Entertainment Weekly TV Season Finale Awards.[7]

When It's All Over EP (2016–2017)[edit]

On 31 March 2016 Raign announced that her second EP When It's All Over would be released on 14 April 2016 and the lead single would premiere on The Vampire Diaries on 1 April.[4]

Born Again EP (2018)[edit]

On January 19, 2018, RAIGN announced via social media that her third EP Born Again would be released on January 26 via Millionaire London Records and would feature four new songs produced with film soundtracks in mind, including an orchestral remake of "One Thing Leads to Another", originally recorded by the Fixx.[17]

"Out of Time" (2018)[edit]

"Out of Time" was released on 10 August 2018 and premiered by Clash magazine. "It's about having a feeling inside that you can do something magical, but you have to move fast or the magic moment will go and if you don't do it now, you'll always regret it. Personal alchemy."[18]

SIGN (2018-2019) and singles[edit]

Raign's debut full-length album Sign (stylized as SIGN) was released on September 6, 2018, and two singles were released "Who Are You" and "Now I Can Fly", which premier on the TV shows Legacies and Grey's Anatomy and on the trailer for the netflix original movie Tall Girl.[19] The album features orchestral performances, "charged vocal performances", as well as "dark, bass synth" and songs influenced by Dance music.[20] Gig Soup described the album as "Pop romanticism".[21] Rabin states SIGN is "a life’s work coming together." With some of the songs being written over the course of five years and describes the lyrics for this album as sometimes having "multiple meanings."[22] RAIGN co-produced much of the record and decided to record the tracks "the old-fashioned way," recording musicians live in a studio.[22]

SIGN deluxe edition (2020)[edit]

In June 2019, Rabin announced via social media the release of the singles "Walls" and "Now I Can Fly", stating that a Deluxe Edition of SIGN would be released later in the year.[17]

Style and influences[edit]

Rabin has self-described the style of her material as "pop romanticism,"[2] and modern influences on her music include acts such as Florence + the Machine, Amy Winehouse, Oasis and No Doubt.[22][2] Exploring this idea of pop as an arena for re-invention, and using digital pop music as a means to express magic, Rabin's fascination with the spectacular seeps into every note of her music.[18] Rabin also cites influences from "early exposure to orchestral/film music, Blues, and Classic Rock". In her teen years, she was exposed to electronic dance music with back-beats and half-time beats.[23] She explored the band scene in psychedelic-rock and found inspiration from artists such as Pink Floyd, their record Dark Side of the Moon, "That record rocked my world. It's poetic, cosmic, abstract and incomparable thirty years later,"[22] and also local London bands. She also experimented with grooves and tempos from Drum ‘n’ Bass and U.K. Garage styles.[22]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2014, Rabin continued to live in both Kingston upon Thames in southwest London and Los Angeles, where her grandmother lives.[13]


Extended plays[edit]

Album title Album details Peak chart positions
US iTunes Pop
Knocking On Heaven's Door
  • Release date: 12 March 2015
  • Label: Millionaire London Records
  • Formats: Digital download
When It's All Over
  • Release date: 15 April 2016
  • Label: Millionaire London Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Born Again
  • Release date 26 January 2018
  • Label Millionaire London Records
  • Format: Digital download


Album title Album details Peak chart positions
US iTunes Pop
  • Release date 6 September 2018
  • Label Millionaire London Records
  • Format: Digital download


Year Single Peak chart position Album/EP
UK Indie Br UK Alt
2013 "Raise the Dead" Non-album single
2014 "A Queens Head" _ _ A Queens Head
2014 "Don't Let Me Go" 11 38 Knocking On Heavens Door
2014 "Wicked Game"
2015 "Empire of Our Own"
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
"Strong Enough" ft J’khai _ _ Strong Enough
2016 "When It's All Over" When It's All Over
"Believe With Me" _ _ Believe With Me
"One Thing Leads to Another" _ _ Born Again
2018 "Out of Time" _ _ SIGN
2018 "Who Are You" _ _ SIGN
2019 "Now I Can Fly" _ _ SIGN Deluxe
"Walls" _ _ SIGN Deluxe

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Single name Primary artist(s) Album Details
2014 "Fix Me" (ft. Raign) Swanky Tunes The Only Way Is Essex –
Dance Anthems
Dim Mak Records (DM614)
2015 "Dark Lights" (ft. Raign) uncredited Dimension MTA Records MTA073A
"One World" (ft. Raign) Swanky Tunes & Dropgun Swanky Tunes & Dropgun ft. Raign - One World Armada Music
2016 " On Fire" (ft. Raign) Popeska Single Proximity Release

Media Usage[edit]

List of RAIGN songs featured on various productions
Year Song Where Type
2012 "Goodbye" Desperate Housewives Television
2013 "Raise The Dead" The Originals (TV series) Television
2014 "Don't Let Me Go" The Vampire Diaries Television
"Make This House A Home" Annie (2014 film) Movie
2015 "Raise The Dead" Eye Candy (TV series) Television
"Empire of Our Own" The 100 (TV series) Television
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" The 100 (TV series) Television
2016 "When It's All Over" The Vampire Diaries Television
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Containment (TV series) Television
"Strong Enough" The Biggest Loser (Australian TV series) Television
"Wicked Game" America's Got Talent Television
"Shine" The Arrangement (2017 TV series) Television
2017 "When It's All Over" The Shannara Chronicles Television
"Don't Let Me Go (Acoustic) " Pretty Little Liars Television
"Strong Enough" Tekken 7 Online Promo
"Wicked Game" America's Got Talent Television
"Wicked Game" World of Dance (TV series) Television
2018 "Don't Let Me Go" Hollyoaks Television
2023 "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" The Blacklist Television


Year Title Artist Songwriter(s) Album/EP
2012 "Goodbye" RAIGN (as Rachel Rabin) Rachel Rabin
"Been Lying" Rita Ora Rita Ora
Rachel Rabin
Edwin Serrano
Michael Linney
Brandon Linney
"Steal My Breath Away" Tulisa Tulisa Contostavlos
Toby Gad
Rachel Rabin
Tyrone Griffin
Max Gousse
The Female Boss
2013 "Raise the Dead" RAIGN (as Rachel Rabin) Rachel Rabin
2014 "A Queen's Head" RAIGN Rachel Rabin
David Jurgens
"Don't Let Me Go" RAIGN Rachel Rabin
Mysto & Pizzi
Knocking On Heavens Door
"Empire of Our Own" RAIGN Rachel Rabin
Mysto & Pizzi
Knocking On Heavens Door
"The Other Guy" Jesse McCartney Jesse McCartney
James G. Morales
Matt Morales
Julio David Rodriguez
Rachel Rabin
Lazonate Franklin
Sherry Goffin Kondor
In Technicolor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Who is Raign? 8 facts about the controversial X Factor 2014 contestant". Metro. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Bio". iamraign.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b Redmond, Jim (October 2014). "Raign: Wicked Game". Towel Road. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "LISTEN: Raign's "Wicked Game"". Fecking Deadly. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Simon says Yes: Cheryl can't stop the Raign!". British Weekly. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Rachel Rabin, known as Raign, divided opinion on the X Factor". Surrey Comet. October 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b "TV Season Finale Awards: YOUR 2015 Winners". Entertainment Weekly. 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  8. ^ "RAIGN Shares New Album 'SIGN'". Imposemagazine.com. 28 September 2018.
  9. ^ "RAIGN - Out Of Time". Imposemagazine.com. 23 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Facebook". Facebook.com. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  11. ^ a b "RAIGN – "Wicked Game"". Ear Buddy. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d Gore, Will (14 April 2010). "Rachel Rabin goes from the Royal Borough to the Bull's Head". Croydon Guardian. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Exclusive: Interview with X Factor 'diva' Raign". Jewish News. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  14. ^ Raign at Discogs
  15. ^ "Rachel Rabin at the Mint". Dan Bowery Photography. 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Raign". Facebook. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  17. ^ a b "RAIGN". Facebook.com. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Premiere: RAIGN - 'Out Of Time'". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  19. ^ "RAIGN: "Now I Can Fly" als Power-Motivations-Hymne mit epischem Sound". Music-allnew.com. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  20. ^ "Raign Releases Darkly-Dreamed Album 'Sign' Which Oozes Pop Romanticism". Rough-online.co.uk. 5 November 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  21. ^ Puttock, Sarah (1 October 2018). "RAIGN Releases Darkly-Dreamy Album 'SIGN' That Oozes Pop Romanticism". Gigsoupmusic.com.
  22. ^ a b c d e "INTERVIEW: RAIGN — Music Musings & Such". Musicmusingsandsuch.com. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  23. ^ October 2018, Daniel Falconer | 8. "RAIGN discusses her new album SIGN, career highlights to-date and more [EXCLUSIVE]". Femalefirst.co.uk.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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