|Tags:||jazz female vocalists jazz vocal|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Raelene Claire Claussen, 18 June 1940, McPherson, Kansas, USA. Raised in New Mexico, as a small child Raney was trained by her mother, a professional singer and music teacher. Raney began singing at the age of four and at age eight was singing professionally. Four years on, she had regular radio and television spots including appearances with country singer Glen Campbell. Her early singing idols were in the popular field, although some were jazz-inflected, but by her mid-teens had begun to direct her style more firmly into jazz. She gained some valuable early experience working with the Ray Anthony band. In the early 60s she sang with Nelson Riddle in the UK and made several albums that were critically successful but failed to find a wide audience. She continued to perform, her career remaining regrettably low-key, although musical partnerships with Stan Kenton, Michel Legrand, Henry Mancini and others continued to attract critical favour.