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Raised primarily 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.

After being 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 attended.

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 products.

Rachel began 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!"

Role model: Shirley Manson

Favorite bands: Travis, Garbage, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, Radiohead

First record: Stone Temple Pilots "Purple"

First concert: Garbage