in San Diego, Rachel spent her early childhood singing songs from
“The Wizard of Oz” and countless Disney presentations. She first
displayed musical inclination at the age of 3, when she sang the
entire score of “The Wizard of Oz” from memory. 6 years later, she
became heavily interested in classical and gothic music and began
singing in theater and playing the piano.
diagnosed with an immune illness at the young age of 12, she sought
further refuge in the world of music. Heavily inspired by the grunge
movement and pop-punk bands like Green Day, she taught herself the
guitar on an old, classical guitar that her mother used to play.
Her guitar playing helped her to convert her frustration into something
constructive, and made her a bit of a star at the middle school
She began searching
for a band at age 14, but although she had good friends, no one
her age shared her commitment to music. That didn’t stop her, though.
Rather than being discouraged, she used her time alone to concentrate
on her vocals and also learned the violin and electric bass. She
graduated from high school at age 16, and studied web design at
a nearby college. She also further developed her writing and painting
skills, and dabbled in fashion as a model for Paul Mitchell hair
performing as a one-woman act when she was 18, playing at parties,
variety shows, clubs, and coffee shops. It wasn't until she found
stable employment at the Caffe Salotto that she began to collaborate
with other musicians. Rachel explains, "You've just got to
establish yourself first, then people come to you!"