Rock recording artist. Singer. Songwriter. Fantasy illustrator.
Having been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in the Summer of 2015, ultimately beating it, and remaining in management treatment to prevent a recurrence ever since, Raven Quinn has a lot of emotions to express and many profound experiences to pour into her songwriting. Which makes the release of her penultimate body of work; her third studio album "Alchemy" (due out 10/28/21), all the more meaningful. The album chronicles the very personal life journey Quinn has navigated over the last 6 years; inviting the listener into a tale of overcoming the darkness of tragedy, ultimate victory, and the transformative magic that comes with a second chance.
Although the songwriting on the album is rooted in deep personal symbolism, Quinn hopes that it will touch on themes that every listener can relate to. She explains, "We will all eventually face the hardest thing we've ever had to do. What that looks like will be different for everyone...but at our core, we all understand what it feels like to face darkness in our lives and to have to fight our way back to the light. This album tells that age-old story, and hopefully will encourage anyone going through a difficult time to dig deep, stay strong, and hang on until their own storm has passed."
"Alchemy" sees Quinn return to the studio with Juno award winning and Grammy-nominated producer, engineer, and guitarist Dan Brodbeck (DOLORES O’RIORDAN, THE CRANBERRIES), who also helmed the console for Quinn’s 2010 self-titled debut album "Raven Quinn" and her 2014 sophomore effort "Not In Vain", after being introduced to Quinn through a mutual friend; iconic Cranberries front-woman Dolores O’Riordan. Brodbeck has once again stepped into the roles of producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and co-writer for "Alchemy"; with Quinn taking on the roles of lyricist, melody writer, lead and background vocals, and conceptualizing direction for each track.
"Alchemy" also marks the return of legendary guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, KXM) to Quinn's music, as Lynch contributes his blistering talent to four of the heaviest tracks on the album; "Nocturne", "Alchemy", "Flicker" and "Iron Fist Velvet Glove". Following the single release of the album's title track "Alchemy ft. George Lynch", the accompanying music video (directed by award-winning indie filmmaker Karl Pfeiffer) won the "Vox Pop" award for Best Short Form Music Video at the Independent Music Awards in 2020, and remained in the top 10 music videos on Vevo's Metal chart for several months. Previously, Quinn’s 2010 self-titled debut featured Lynch’s guitar work on seven tracks and found notable success on both Amazon MP3 and iTunes sales charts and in the popular Harmonix video game, Rock Band.
Quinn will celebrate the release of this milestone album by dropping her third music video from the "Alchemy" era - this time, for the heavy-hitting track "Confessional". The video sees Quinn join forces once again with visionary filmmaker Karl Pfeiffer, and the result is a stunning ghost story that artfully captures the essence of Quinn's journey through thoughtful metaphor and the spooky-yet-beautiful aesthetics both Quinn and Pfeiffer are respectively known for.
When Quinn is not writing, recording, or performing music, she can be found drawing, spending time with her loved ones and animals, gaming with friends, and reading. Quinn is a prolific fantasy artist, and is the illustrator for the "Steampunk Sorcery" series of books for middle-graders penned by acclaimed author Becket (formerly the long-time assistant to legendary author Anne Rice). She has also contributed art to several best-selling Y/A and fantasy novels and their promotional materials; namely for authors Alys Arden, K.L. Bone, and Sarah M. Cradit.
Quinn is presently illustrating an original Tarot deck that she hopes to complete and manufacture in 2022. Three of the cards for the deck are featured in Quinn's "Confessional" music video.