with Ed Romanoff and Adrien Reju
Friday, Dec 14, 2012 8:30 PM CST
(6:00 PM Doors)
3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
Rachael Yamagata has been called ‘the troubadour of heartbreak’ by the press and fans are drawn to her ability to ‘turn emotion into song’. She’s got the old soul singer songwriter essence that calls upon Todd Rundgren, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters and Elton John and sonically gravitates towards the darker stylings of Nick Cave, Tom Waits, P.J. Harvey and Danny Elfman.
She hits the road again this fall stripping it down to a more intimate show – expect strings, seated venues and wine – all in support of her 2012 independent release ‘Chesapeake’ and a new as yet untitled EP of ‘darker fair – some lush with strings and others stark with vulnerability’. Guest appearances include Liz Phair and Madi Diaz along with Mike Viola (of the Candy Butchers, ‘Get Him to The Greek’, ‘That Thing You Do’).
Of late, her song ‘You Won’t Let Me’ has reached number one on the Australian charts as the first single for The VOICE Australia winner Karise Eden and her song ‘I Don’t Want to be Your Mother’ is currently playing in the movie ‘Hope Springs’. Past placements have included songs in films like ‘Prime’, ‘Bella’, ‘Monster in Law’, ‘In Her Shoes’ and ‘Hotel For Dogs’. She’s recently had two appearances on Carson Daly and past appearances on 30 Rock, The O.C., Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. Her T.V. placements include songs in ‘Pretty Little Liars’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘E.R’, ‘The L Word’, ‘Brothers and Sisters’, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ etc. etc.
She spent her early years on RCA releasing ‘Happenstance’ and then Warner Brothers releasing ‘Elephants.. Teeth Sinking Into Heart’, but chose independence of late and releases on her own label ‘Frankenfish Records’. She launched a Pledge campaign to raise funds for ‘Chesapeake’ and reached her goal in 3 days thanks to a loyal following that continues to support her. She turned in a ‘dowry’ of sorts from her father to help fill in the gaps and even slept in a tent for recording when the house converted studio left beds to be desired. NPR, The Audio Perv, Perez Hilton and even Taylor Swift remain fans (she’s photographed this year with Rachael’s lyrics to ‘Even If I Don’t’ on her arm during one of her shows). The highly known photographer Jungman Kim of South Korea calls her ‘a muse’ and even featured a special release of her album paired with his photographs.
She’s highly driven and totally type A with some fear that this bio will be too much tooting, but considers it a good exercise in career recapping. She hates the phone, loves hot sauce and animals (not together), studies accounting in the mornings at the gym and can’t get enough of marathon dvd series and HGTV at night. She sighs that most think her songs are only about love relationships and expect her to be depressed and lovelorn. At heart, she is the eternal optimist writing about connection and hope. C’est moi, Rachael Yamagata.