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Daily Inspiration: Meet Reana Cunningham

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reana Cunningham.

Hi Reana, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up with a fascination and love of rock and metal music, jamming as a 5-year-old to Ozzy admiring Randy Rhodes guitar playing. I went to one of my first concerts in Baltimore, and the environment made me so happy that I loved seeing live music and then went to my first festival in Gettysburg, PA, bike week. There, I had claimed to my dad, “I’m going to be on this stage playing next year!” He thought this was a ridiculous claim because I hadn’t even known how to play guitar, let alone owned one. But I saved up my money, bought myself a guitar, and taught myself how to play. I only play by ear. Within 6 months, I managed to get the gig playing in front of 3,000 people. It was then I fell in love with performing. I started teaching myself more and pushing my abilities. All still bit me, and I started getting more shows, growing more confident in my stage presence and myself. Soon, I was playing that metal show’s holiday bash in New Jersey. I’ve never had much confidence, but music has helped me through all my hardships, bringing out my confidence and getting me through the dark times. I now play shows more frequently in places such as Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc. I also landed my first local gig, and then soon after, I got another gig, all because of my passion and determination. I’m currently working on my music, which I am super proud of. I’ve come a long way. In some ways, I’m still that little girl who likes to have a good time and listen to her music.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In my opinion, nothing’s ever a smooth road. You must go through bumps and turns to get where you want to be. I never gave up because I’m overly determined. Sometimes I struggle with learning a song I didn’t know or getting shows. When covid-19 was spiking and everything was closed, I felt so drained because I couldn’t perform live and get that adrenaline rush, but I spent time practicing my skills. I didn’t give up hope that things would open back up, and they did, and I started booking shows again more frequently, and my skills have improved.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a musician. I play guitar and put on a damn good show. I’m proud of the show I played at Fish Head Cantina in Baltimore with Penntera. It meant a lot to me because it was my first local hometown show, and I got to play metal. I’m a bit different from other musicians because I entirely taught myself by my ear, and I also have a huge passion for fashion. I always ensure that I have full glam (or gore, as I’m also a special effects makeup artist) and great outfits when I go on stage. I’m also quite different from many others because I have an undying amount of determination and passion that I will never give up.

What matters most to you? Why?
Music matters to me the most. It got me through the bullying I endured in school, helped me find my passion in life, and showed me what I was meant to do. You got me through some seriously dark times, and I am thankful I found my purpose.

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Preta Path Photography/ Brandon McGlathery Steve Cunningham

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