Singing classic jazz standards fueled by raw emotion and an innovative style, Rachel Lauren is an artist who will not only delight your ear, but also revive your spirit. Rachel’s ability to appeal to fans in her own age range in addition to long time jazz listeners sets her apart from other young artists. With the self-release of her first album Away From the Crowd in 2007, and second album If Ever in 2013, Rachel has succeeded in stepping away from the anonymity of the larger music scene and into a spotlight of her very own. The recipient of the prestigious Lamont Dozier Scholar award at USC, Rachel has toured the world performing. She has been seen on the David Letterman show and featured at Grammys, major USC events and David Fosters Starry Night. Rachel has also shared the stage with greats such as Randy Newman, Mike Garson, Tierney Sutton, Peter Erskine , Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy, Chris Botti and Dave Koz. Most recently, Rachel Lauren teamed up with composer Brian Carmody for the title track of the hit documentary SOMM. “There’s No Black or White” made the short list for a Best Song Oscar nomination.
As a vocal stylist, Rachel pays homage to the music that created jazz, flavoring it with original emotional expression. “Its not about how many notes or beats you have,” says Rachel, “If you can make people feel something, feeling what you are feeling, that’s what jazz is about.” Rachel infuses this mantra into jazz standards, reviving vintage tunes with an emotional interpretation of her own. In her album, Rachel not only respects the great heritage of jazz music, but participates in it as well.