Briana Renea (pronounced Bree-AH-nuh Ruh-Ney) is a 24-year-old who reigns from Canby, Oregon, in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, where the sophisticated, yet fiery, redhead comes by her country roots naturally.
The young songwriter, who raised cattle, horses and goats on the family farm, writes what she knows. Having spent her childhood and teenage years sporting blue jeans and cowboy boots, kicking up dust and enjoying the smell of fresh cut hay, Briana Renea’s hands and feet are planted solid in the dirt and in family tradition.
With 80s rock (Eagles/Genesis/Phil Collins/Fleetwood Mac) and 90s country music (Reba, Dixie Chicks, LeeAnn Rimes/Jo Dee Messina) echoing through the stalls of the horse barn, the Oregon State college student (who is studying marketing) inherently blends the two genres in her own musical compositions and live performances. When not standing behind a microphone performing before hundreds of country music fans, she rides before the judges; the competitive equestrian shows horses professionally as a member of the American Stockhorse and Western States Stock Horse Association circuits.
Briana has collaborated with Nashville writers and skilled songcrafters (Steve Mitchell Dee Briggs, Mason Douglas, Jason Wyatt, Cort Carpenter, Jason Wyatt and Tony George) to produce three studio recordings in four short years. Since launching her touring career (2013), the dance student (who studied jazz, hip-hop and country western dance) has become a must-see, fan favorite at fairs, festivals and venues throughout the Northwest where she’s shared the stage with notable country recording artists such as Joe Nichols, Old Dominion, Canaan Smith, Love and Theft, Diamond Rio and Sammy Kershaw. She recorded and released the independent recording project Red Lips, White Lies (May 2015) under her own imprint. The idea behind the title track, “Red Lips, White Lies,” spawned from a road trip alongside her fraternal twin brother who shared stories about the “crazy ladies” he’s dated. Her previous single titled “Widow Maker,” a tune about bull riding, was featured in the Northwest Pro Rodeo Association finals advertising campaign. Laying the groundwork to share both a personal and musical insight, her original tune, “Dirt Side,” is perhaps the most literal and was recognized with a Top 12 Best of NSAI Spring Training Award.
Most recently, the International Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) recognized Briana’s talents with its “Country Female Artist Of The Year” award (2018). She celebrated the release of her debut single, “Chasin’ Trouble,” in October 2018 (which is at country radio now). The corresponding “Chasin’ Trouble” music video is anticipated in the coming weeks.