Pianist, vocalist, and songwriter Rachel Solomon has been making a name for herself since her 2005 arrival in Nashville, TN as an in-demand live and session pianist and singer as well as a unique and powerful songwriter. She released her debut solo record in January of 2013 entitled Love Ourselves, a personal exposition of love, loss, longing, and personal and spiritual growth. She describes it best as a little bit Beatles, a little bit Billy Joel (Rachel’s Berklee songwriting professor penned her “The Female Billy Joel”), a little bit Carole King, a little bit Bonnie Raitt (Raitt’s guitarist George Marinelli played on the record), and of course – 100% Rachel Solomon.
Born a Yankee, raised a southwesterner, reared in the “Live Music Capital” that is Austin, TX, and schooled at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, Rachel’s background is as diverse as her talents are. She comes from a roving music pedigree as the daughter of Andy Solomon, keyboard player for Ted Nugent’s early psychedelic endeavor The Amboy Dukes, and he passed along skills of both keyboard and saxophone to a young Rachel. Rachel spent a large portion of what should have been her rebellious teenage years winning classical piano competitions, sitting 1st chair alto saxophonist in the Texas All-State Band, and playing out with local Austin mainstay band The Alice Rose.