The Ronley is quite a peculiar creature. Because of the unusual spelling and pronunciation, many have been surprised to find that the Ronley is not a burly man but is in fact, a member of a rare tribe of sexy eclectic musical storytellers. Ronley's music combines unique sometimes comedique vocals and witty lyrics within a 'syncretic' mish mash of musical styles crossing: Roots, Blues, World, Rock and Electronic. Her music has been compared to artists including Tom Waits, Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Lhasa, Macy Gray with the garnish of the girlishness of Ricky Lee Jones.
Ronley performs as a solo artist, duo, trio, quartet, and quintet, every show is different. Whether solo or band, from grassroots to fractions of world and jazz improvisation, her regular band includes Chris Bartos, multi-instrumentalist on violin, guitars, synth, laptop & Steve Zsirai on bass. With other musical guests including lap-steel, cello, keys, trumpet and percussion often join the musical journey.
Ronley was born in South Africa, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. She began as a prose writer, but after receiving a guitar for her 18th birthday, began to develop her approach to singing and songwriting. Ronley’s pot has been brewing for over ten years. While she went to University to study Anthropology at the University of Guelph where she performed in folk and pop-rock bands including CFNY Edgefest new music stage performers Hummingfish, then she traveled extensively throughout parts of the Middle East, while performing solo as a singer/songwriter. After returning to Toronto to focus on her musical development she befriended a number of jazz students, and her music began to take on a more improvisational format. She sings in English and in Hebrew. These influences alongside her uniquely Ronley dish of singing and songwriting only just began to develop on her debut CD Stories From The Tray, a theme album that depicts the daily grind of a waitress and the people she interacts with. Over the period of promoting that album Ronley continued to peruse differing voices for characters and that were naturally letting their way out of her as independent storytellers. Ronley let’s this natural progression happen in order to explore and develop further this musically eclectic narrative approach. Which she uses both in live performance and on record. The second recording entitled Cornered in the Alley takes this more deeply, and is to be officially released this winter 2005.
Ronley has been aired on CBC numerous times, including Richardson's Roundup, Here and Now, and Radio Canada's Diable4, NPR, WMUA’s Acoustic Café, Laney Goodman’s Women On Air to name a few . Ronley has been interviewed by Chopper McKinnon as well as on CIUT, CKLN, CHUO, CFRU and many other college and University stations in North America. She has showcased at Ontario CONTACT03 and Gorilla Showcased at NERFFA this 2004. When she is in Toronto she performs a weekly residency at the Done Right Inn that is now into its second year, and seasonally tours performing across Canada the US, and this Spring Europe. Notable shows include Hugh’s Room – Toronto Café Lena - Saratoga Springs, Kendall Café Cambridge, Fire & Water Café – Northampton, The Living Room – NY. Stanford University – Palo Alto, The Manx – Ottawa,