Champagne Honeybee is singer/ songwriter, Rani Weatherby, her trusty ukuleles, and talented backing band. Their sound is a mix of contemporary jazz, blues, folk, and ukulele soul. In June of 2014, they released an EP of original music called "No Love Songs". The CD release concert packed Rock City Cafe in Snohomish. They rounded out the year playing acoustic showcases at The Benbow Room, a rockin' set at The Evergreen State Fair, funk jams at Nectar Lounge, comedy nights at The Rendezvous and Feedback Lounge, a sold out Jazz Christmas house show, and many private events.
Rani Weatherby is an Indian-born, Washington-raised singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. Her influences include Elton John, Prince, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Heart, and Chaka Khan, just to name a few. She began taking piano lessons at age 6, classical voice lessons at age 15, and performed in jazz and chamber choirs in high school and college. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Central Washington University in 2005. That same year, Rani was selected to attend Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead residency in Washington DC, where she performed an original song at the Kennedy Center, backed by a band of her talented peers. After college, she performed occasionally, and continued to write new music. In 2011, she sought a simple, portable way to accompany her voice. She found Lenny, taught herself some chords, and thus began a new chapter in her musical journey.