Meet Rachel Mae...
Loretta Lynn meets Etta James. With her tell it like it is songwriting and powerhouse vocals, Rachel Mae is an old soul in a new country world. Raised on records adorned with cryin' steel guitar and fiddle, Rachel's love affair with classic country is deeply reflected in her music. Her nostalgic style harkens back to the golden era of country music.
As the daughter of David Brewer, a Seattle-based blues musician with honky-tonk roots, Rachel grew up surrounded by live music. Early on her father bestowed an eclectic musical education, introducing her to the works of artists spanning from Albert Collins to George Jones. Rachel credits her own creative journey to the profound impact made in those early years by both the blues and country music.
Rachel successfully crowd-funded her first independent Nashville recording project, an EP titled Future Member, recorded at OMNISOUND studios. Following its release, Rachel made the cross-country move to Music City where she spent several years playing and refining her craft.
Her sights have always been set on someday charming the audience from the Grand Ole Opry stage. On her EP’s title track Future Member, she sings " I know the odds, it won’t stop me. I’m a future member of the Grand Ole Opry.” Listening to the rest of the EP, it's not hard to believe that an Opry debut is in her future.
In 2001 following the untimely death of her mother, Rachel turned to songwriting as a cathartic way to work through her grief. That process would awaken the musical calling from Rachel’s childhood and propel her in the direction of her dreams. While living in Seattle, she began performing locally and eventually went on to form her first band, The Rachel Mae Band.
Playing for crowds big and small, both as a solo act and with her band, Rachel steadily built a dedicated local following. She became known for her ability to charm audiences with her engaging stage presence and charismatic storytelling, affording her the opportunity to perform alongside well-respected artists such as Radney Foster, Ian Tyson, Elizabeth Cook, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Rosie Flores, Jason Eady, Sam Riggs and The Turnpike Troubadours .
"Rachel Mae is a singer-songwriter with a gorgeous voice that delivers honest and direct songs about different parts of her life. She's very likable and is a great storyteller both on stage and off"
— Chris Burlingame, Another Rainy Saturday