b. c. 1950, Pryor, Oklahoma, USA. Singing for family and friends, Rains lived a happy though ordinary life until 1998, which was the year that she and her husband, dentist Ken Rains, celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary. His gift to her changed her life; a five-day session in a recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Complicit in Ken Rains’ plan, was Ray Bingham, an artists agent, who had heard the singer and believed that she had potential. Although she at first demurred, Rains eventually agreed. In Nashville, Rains met Joe Bob Barnhill, a record producer, and a group of experienced studio musicians. With Bingham’s persistence, the resulting album, intended to be given to friends and relatives at Christmas, was soon being broadcast on local radio stations and this resulted in it being distributed nationally and internationally. Startlingly successful, the album led to Rains making public appearances in and around her home town.
Next in Rains’ truly meteoric rise was an association with singer-songwriter David Frizzell that included appearances at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was followed by a second album, this time featuring Billy Parker as guest singer on two tracks, which led in turn to her opening shows for Ray Price. A song she co-composed with Barnhill, ‘After The Fact’, was a hit single. In 2000, the Academy of Western Artists, with the song being nominated as Western Swing Song Of The Year. Also in 2000 she recorded duets with Frizzell for his new album.
Rains’ repertoire includes material familiar to country music audiences alongside songs from other areas of popular music: ‘She’ll Have To Go’, ‘Bring Back The Waltzes’, ‘Texas Red’, ‘You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without’, ‘I Don’t Know Enough About You’, ‘I’ll Cry Instead’, ‘Hallelujah, I Love Him So’, ‘You’re Nobody ’Til Somebody Loves You’, ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter’. Additionally, she has had a song, ‘A Woman’s Place’, written for her by Cindy Walker.