Adrien Reju releases sophomore album Lucky Ones + short film The Mysterious Producer

Adrien Reju

Sophomore release from founding member of The Lowlands Adrien Reju

Produced by Jack Dishel (Only Son, The Moldy Peaches, Regina Spektor)

Lucky Ones is the sophomore album from singer and songwriter Adrien Reju.

A departure from the folk vibe of her debut release A Million Hearts (2009) it shows artistic evolution and growth, with an edgier pop sound, orchestral arrangements, driving bass, and retro-rock backbeat drums.

Released through PledgeMusic, Reju explains her choice, "it's not so much about raising money, but about building the relationship with my fans."

Matt Connor of PledgeMusic took notice of the new album, saying, "the compelling mix places Reju firmly alongside today's most celebrated female pop songwriters."

Reju grew up in Philadelphia where fans know her as the founding member of indie bluegrass band The Lowlands and as the folk/retro-pop solo artist, drawing comparisons with Feist, Petula Clark, and 70s AM gold radio.

Success also came with A Million Hearts (rotation airplay WXPN, songwriting accolades from New York SongCircle, awards from 100% Music Songwriting Contest, Top 10 Songwriter listing - CBS Philly, and soundtrack appearances including opening credits of Hallmark Movie Channel's "Flower Girl") all followed by a move to New York City.

Here for the following two years, Reju probed the music scenes of Brooklyn and the East Village with her bass-playing beau Owen Biddle during his stint with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It was during this time that she wrote the songs for Lucky Ones.

"There's an edge to the writing and arrangements that echoes the music I was hearing in and around the city," says Reju. The songs "reflected the way I was feeling and the thoughts I was having [at the time]. I wrote about the nature of relationships, about jealousy, love, loss, and about drifting apart." The title track "The Lucky Ones" (co-written by producer Dishel) however, is about triumph over adversity, so at the end of it all, her viewpoint is optimistic.

During the album campaign for Lucky Ones with PledgeMusic, Reju also worked with Dishel jointly creating a comedic short film entitled The Mysterious Producer to help boost the project. The campaign was a success, raising over 125% of its goal (from worldwide supporters) with a portion of the funds going to Art Start - an organization in NYC that uses the creative arts to transform the lives of youth at risk. Arts Education being a subject close to Reju's heart.

The Mysterious Producer - video:

The stresses of success during the years in New York led Reju to seek refuge from the city, alongside Biddle, to the Catskill Mountains near the town of Woodstock, New York where they both now reside. Lucky Ones is available now on Itunes.

"A fantastically gifted artist growing her style with a big, full voice that truly separates [Reju] from a very crowded field of singer-songwriters" - The Buzz About

Adrien Reju 2012 tour dates:

(Dates and information subject to change.)

Sept 26 2012 - Rockwood Music Hall, NY, NY (opening for Rachael Yamagata)
Oct 13 2012 - Milkboy Philly, Philadelphia, PA (w/ Zach Djanikian)

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

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