Rachel was born in Birmingham (UK) to a very musical family. Her father, a Welsh vicar (guitarist, singer) and mother an ESL teacher (pianist, singer, dancer, actor), and an Eurythmy Therapist and Kindergarten teacher encouraged Rachel to make her own music and from the early age of 6 she started learning Cello. Rachel quickly progressed, joining the Bristol Junior Strings Orchestra then going on to perform at the Colston Hall age 11.
It was while at school that, Rachel began teaching herself guitar and discovered her own unique voice. Her earlier writings were influenced by listening to many styles of music from Classical (Mozart) to Rock (Led Zeppelin), Folk (Joni Mitchell), Pop (The Beatles) Jazz (Charlie Mingus,) Soul/Funk (Stevie Wonder) and Blues (Jimi Hendrix), from these she found and developed her own particular musical style.
Rachel spent a year doing an Art and Design diploma in Halesowen College, while quietly developing her composition and arranging skills. She became a competent guitarist playing, singing, writing and arranging her own songs. This led her to spend 2 years at Kidderminster College of Further Education doing a Performing Arts Diploma to further develop her wide range of musical styles and improving her natural ability to communicate on stage.
After leaving college she took time out au-paring in Switzerland where she also made her mark on the local music scene and learned French. Returning to London Rachel set up her home studio where she recorded her many new songs, some of which are still played today!
Returning to her Welsh roots, Rachel moved to Cardiff, South Wales (UK) where she continued composing whilst playing electric guitar for local punk/pop band 'Verona'. There she received a grant from the Prince's Trust to set up her own business as a self-employed musician. She recorded an early demo with AKM Music and another with Cardiff Producer Greg Haver (Catatonia, Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals) at his Big Noise Studios, and song 'Don't Push It Away' with another Cardiff producer, Richard Dunn that same year.
Millennium night saw Rachel playing Cello with the Patrick Jones band in front of 60,000 people, supporting the Manic Street Preachers at their legendary Millennium Stadium concert in Cardiff. She also played with the same band later that year at Reading and Leeds festivals.
At the same time as building her own live following with gigs all over South Wales, Rachel was recording with a variety of musicians and producers including Richard Dunn, Volente, Tanya Walker, Little Miracle, (Riff) Cheap TV, Richard Parfitt (60ft Dolls) for his solo album 'Highlights In Slow Motion" and for Lament's self titled debut album. Later she also wrote and recorded a Cello arrangement for the song 'Parting Gift', on INME's album 'White Butterfly'.
While studying complimentary therapies and healing arts to compliment her skill set, she continued to perform locally and it was at one of her shows she was spotted by Stereophonics' manager John Brand of Marsupial Management who recognised her talent and agreed to record her songs. The resulting acoustic album 'A Drop In The Ocean' was released on her own label RMK Music in February 2004 and received wide critical acclaim. During this time Rachel performed at all the major UK festivals, including V and Glastonbury, as well as embarking on her international career, playing shows to enthrall audiences from Toronto to Los Angeles.
2005 saw the release of Rachel's first fully produced album 'Life Changes Everything Changes…' through RMK Music, this time distributed by V2 Records. Throughout the next two years Rachel toured extensively in the UK and played select venues in Canada and America promoting her music and receiving rave reviews wherever she performed.
Life did change for Rachel, she took a break from touring to get married and start a family in 2006. She put her creative energy into being a mother to her lovely daughter Jasmine Aurora where they lived in British Columbia, Canada, and a stint in California, USA. She performed at private functions and at the odd festival, including a local Canadian Aboriginal celebration, as well as for Canada day. She has since moved to Arizona where Rachel continues to write many songs written from her experiences, and has them all lined up ready to record.
Outside of music Rachel's interests include: Mountain biking, hiking, camping, dancing, yoga, complimentary therapies, and healthy food. Rachel has been healing clients with intergrated energy and body work, reflexology, Reiki, health and nutrition for some years now. "After all, music is a healing art, so now I have more strings to my bow" she says. In Motor-racing, she competed in Mazda's Formula Woman' series. A keen motor-cyclist, she owned a Honda CB500 in the UK, which she rode to Monaco and back to watch the F1 Grand Prix! Rachel also accompanied Randy Mamola around Portugals' Estoril circuit at an average speed of 200kph... yes, she is brave! At home, she loves playing with her daughter, riding bicycles, listening and composing music, spending time in nature, cooking and baking. Rachel is a fine chef who also loves baking gluten free cakes and cookies- certain friends call her Bakin' Rach!
In 2013, Rachel was introduced to the world of Raw Chocolate, and has since not looked back. She has added, to her many other skills, Chocolatiere, and produces her own range of delicious organic chocolates (made with honey), called 'Chocologie' which you can find on facebook and instagram, or the link on the home page. She makes these fresh and can only deliver locally, but they are well worth a drive to Tempe, AZ! In winter she can post to places within the USA. She also dabbles in crafts such as handmade earrings, spirit charms and greetings cards.
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