About the song: "I started writing music as a young child and I decided at the age of 15 that I was not only to use my music as a form of therapy, but also a way to speak to the world. It felt as though I was invisible in my everyday life, walking through school halls feeling as valuable of a horsefly. I thought my value had to be earned and validated. I would say that was overcome, yet here we are promoting a song I spent too much money on, and begging you to share it in hopes you'll like it. It is true, my art has given me a platform to say the things I felt mattered and today I share with you the precious story of HERE I AM...
Written at the age of 15, Here I Am was my first shot at speaking openly about mental health. Long story short: I had a homework assignment, I wrote a song, I performed it for my class, and spoke ambitiously about the reality of mental illness. The way it can manifest through both trauma and genetics. I had learned through the process that I suffered from out of body panic attacks on the regular. All I knew is what I experienced and if I was going to attempt to survive years of uninvited and paralyzing episodic meltdowns, I was going to try to understand it. Thus was born a song which initiated my research in what was the beginning of my healing story. I wrote down every symptom and put it into a song.
Creating this song helped me understand: 1. Feelings can't hurt you. 2. You're in charge. Name the disorder. Sheilas back. We know Sheila's a bitch but I dare you to smile and say hello to her. If you're feeling brave...Get to know her 3. Life is not that serious but it is hella short!
Thanks for listening and coming out to my shows! I hope this read inspires you. Remeber... your value is not something you earn, it's something you're born with.
Kiana Renae is a Pop Rock and Americana Singer-songwriter with an acoustic sound described as driven, melodic, and soulful. She is influenced by artists such as Alanis, Jewel, HAIM and Susan Tedeschi. Kiana Renae can be found performing on stages all over Tennessee and North East as well as all major streaming platforms! She aspires to advocate for mental health and healing through the art of music, dance and storytelling.