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Bio

Rea (Maria White) is a jazz/indie pop singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and visual artist based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Rea released her fourth album, Safe and Sound, in November 2019. This latest album showcases her growth and development as a songwriter and performer. Rooted in life’s experiences, the album focuses on mental health issues and relationships. Rea spoke more about her album on CBC radio’s “First Listen”.  Rea's lyrics have been described as honest, quirky, and well-crafted, and her captivating, playful melodies are at once thoughtful and memorable. Rea stirs up some sophisticated harmonies and simply sweet melodies into an appealing alternative palette, performing them with a relaxed, matter-of-fact style. Rea also performs her own arrangements of popular covers from the ‘70s , ’80 and ‘90s including works by Norah Jones, The Human League, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie and The Cranberries.

Rea graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in May 2019 with a Professional Music Diploma in Songwriting. While in Boston, Rea founded the band “Rea and the Tugboats” ( Evan Kesel, Andrew Borron and Nick Larimore) which was a frequent performer at various venues around Boston. Since Rea’s return to St. John’s, she has performed with three talented local musicians (Jordan Young, Brad Jefford and Chris Donnelly) in a group called “Rea and Friends.” Rea also has a fine arts degree (visual arts) from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), and uses this talent to design her album covers and other promotional materials.  Upon graduation from MUN, Rea worked as the curator at the Peter Lewis Art Gallery in St. John’s, did some commissioned pieces as well as exhibited her own artwork.  During this time, Rea was a regular performer at St. John’s cafes and bars and at Rocket Bakery where she built a loyal fan base.  Rea was also a featured performer at a number of charity events in and around St. John’s.

In early March, Rea was the featured artist on CBC’s “The Parkway Sessions” where she performed original songs off her newest album.

Rea was also approached by a local film company, The Bown Sessions, to shoot three music videos featuring songs from her album, “Safe and Sound.”  The videos include Rea’s original songs: “Shy Girl”, “Wonderland” and “Safe and Sound”.

Most recently, Rea has been collaborating with Co-VIDeo Collective, a group of well-known musicians in the Newfoundland scene who perform remotely, from their respective homes, to create an entertaining online experience for people during these tough times. Rea has provided lead vocals for “Take on Me” by A-ha, as well as “Angel of Montgomery” which was a tribute to the late John Prine.  Rea will be making more appearances in upcoming Co-Video Collective videos. As a result of the Co-vid 19 pandemic, Rea has also hosted and been a featured artist on a number of live stream events. 

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Music

Videos

Upcoming Shows

  • Rea live at Pi
    Pi Gourmet Eatery
    Sep 24, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM GMT-2:30
    Pi Gourmet Eatery, 10 Kings Rd, St. John's, NL A1C 3P1, Canada
    Join Rea at Pi Gourmet Eatery for a bite to eat and some tunes! Music starts 5:30 runs until 8:30pm! Call (709) 726-2000 for more details.
  • Rea live at Pi
    Pi Gourmet Eatery
    Sep 10, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM GMT-2:30
    Pi Gourmet Eatery, 10 Kings Rd, St. John's, NL A1C 3P1, Canada
    Join Rea at Pi Gourmet Eatery for a bite to eat and some tunes! Music starts 5:30 runs until 8:30pm! Call (709) 726-2000 for more details.
  • Rea live at Pi
    Pi Gourmet Eatery
    Aug 20, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM GMT-2:30
    Pi Gourmet Eatery, 10 Kings Rd, St. John's, NL A1C 3P1, Canada
    Join Rea at Pi Gourmet Eatery for a bite to eat and some tunes! Music starts 5:30 runs until 8:30pm! Call (709) 726-2000 to reserve your table now!
  • Rea with Brad Jefford @ The Battery Cafe
    The Battery Cafe
    Jul 24, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT-2:30
    The Battery Cafe, 1 Duckworth St, St. John's, NL A1C 1E3, Canada
  • Rea live at LAVI SEKS
    LaviSeks
    Sep 20, 2020, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM GMT-2:30
    LaviSeks, 164 Water St, St. John's, NL A1C 1A8, Canada
    Live music with REA!
  • Rea on Instagram Live with TREE OF STARS
    @treeofstarsontour
    Sep 19, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT
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    Watch show on instagram LIVE at @treeofstarsontour
  • Live Music: Rea at The Battery Cafe
    The Battery Cafe
    Sep 12, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT-2:30
    The Battery Cafe, 1 Duckworth St, St. John's, NL A1C 1E3, Canada
    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/live-music-rea-at-the-battery-cafe-tickets-115186449772?aff=efbevent&fbclid=IwAR2BKGx225jMfuPal2yvMXoa96K0AFFRG2NJigUfpqCx6tKhrmnIfp0wH1g
  • Rea Live at The Green Door
    Green Door Restaurant & Bar
    Jul 17, 2020, 7:30 PM GMT-2:30
    Green Door Restaurant & Bar, 310 Water St, St. John's, NL A1C 1B8, Canada
  • Live Stream Show with Rea and Adrian House
    www.facebook.com/reatunes
    Apr 17, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT-2:30
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    Join local singer-songwriters Rea and Adrian House for a night of entertainment! Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/Reatunes/ on Friday, April 17th at 7pm Newfoundland Time - NST . Hope you can tune in!
  • Live Stream Show with Rea
    www.facebook.com/reatunes
    Mar 28, 2020, 9:00 PM – Mar 29, 2020, 12:00 AM
    www.facebook.com/reatunes
  • Burgers, Brews & Blues
    Green Door Restaurant & Bar
    Mar 07, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Green Door Restaurant & Bar, 310 Water St, St. John's, NL A1C 1B8, Canada
    An evening of fine food, a few drinks & cool music. In conjunction with Destination St John's Burger & Brews Festival we are offering and evening of live entertainment featuring Rea, Peter Fewer, Adam Ruzzo, Rory Graham and Chris Myers. Come down and try our "Impeachment burger" with a $5 Quidi Vid
  • An evening of Music and Apps at Green Door Restaurant & Bar
    Green Door Restaurant & Bar
    Jan 25, 2020, 7:00 PM – 11:30 PM
    Green Door Restaurant & Bar, 310 Water St, St. John's, NL A1C 1B8, Canada
    7 amazing musicians, guitars, fiddles, singers, songwriters, plus 10% off all Green Door apps all night. $10 cover at the “Door”
  • Rea Live at the Battery Cafe with special guest Jordan Young
    The Battery Cafe
    Jan 11, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT-3:30
    The Battery Cafe, 1 Duckworth St, St. John's, NL A1C 1E3, Canada
  • A Rea White Christmas
    The Black Sheep Pub
    Dec 20, 2019, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM GMT-3:30
    The Black Sheep Pub, 164 Water St, St. John's, NL A1C 1A8, Canada
    Rea and Friends, along with Rustico, for a night of entertainment. GET YOUR TICKETS HERE : https://tinyurl.com/reawhitexmas
  • Rea live at CBC Feed NL
    Avalon Mall
    Dec 12, 2019, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Avalon Mall, 48 Kenmount Rd, St. John's, NL A1B 1W3, Canada

Press

Finding her voice: Rea on her 'pretty personal' approach to songwriting and music

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YES B'Y CKXU CHMR feat. REA radio show

Rea was featured on CKXU 88.3FM in Lethbridge Alberta and CHMR 93.5FM in St. John’s on the Yes B’y! Newfoundland Music Radio show! 

 

Click below for a full hour of great Rea music and fun!  Yes B’y! Rea!!

 

For a full show description of Rea & Yes B’y!,  go to SoundCloud here:

https://soundcloud.com/reatunes/yes-by-rea

Creative Jazz Artist Rea Makes Us Feel Like We're in "Wonderland" With Her Latest Single Release

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Rea: Steady Hand and Full Heart

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Local Singer-Songwriter Rea to Release New Album this November

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