Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachael Kennedy.
Rachael, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Ten years ago, I emerged from the depths of my tiny bubble world of songwriting aka my angsty teen bedroom in the suburbs of Canada and signed my first record deal with Warner Music Canada. A few years and a couple devastating “no’s” later and I packed up my bags and drove across the continent to move to my now home, Los Angeles. I networked the shit out of the place and found some like-minded creative weirdos who became my team, LIONCHLD. We somehow placed our very first song together on Britney Spears Glory album, signed a publishing deal with Alex Da Kid at Kid In A Korner (UMPG), and starting placing more songs with artists like Bebe Rexha, Kiana Lede, Queen Naija, Evvie Mckinney, and Korean super girl group Girls Generation. Enter 2020, and despite a pandemic we all could never have predicted, I continue to write and produce songs with my production team LIONCHLD and have slowly started gathering and cooking up a handful of songs I plan to release for my own artist project in the coming months.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Let’s just say the road has been like off-roading in a PT cruiser…..in the Mojave desert…with no air conditioning and a tiny man in the backseat (aka your ego) just constantly telling you how shit your car is.
But this is not a unique sob story, I think you could talk to any artist, songwriter, or producer in this industry and they would tell you the same thing. The amount of rejection one feels in the music industry is actually laughable if compared to the standard rejection someone might experience in for example, their dating life. Not to mention we’re talking about consistent rejection of art, which we create from our little emo hearts, so it’s definitely a unique kind of rejection. Needless today, I learned pretty early on that just because ten people say no, doesn’t mean you suck….and all it takes is the one right person to say yes, and your career could be changed forever. Plus, I get to make music everyday so that’s pretty awesome.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I’m a singer-songwriter and producer. I work very closely as part of a trio called LIONCHLD where we write, sing, and produce songs for artists, for radio, for TV & Film, or any other situation where a great song is needed! I think the reason people really love working with us is that we always honour the song; no ego involved. We all want the song to be the best it can be and sometimes that means you sing the lead, and sometimes that means you play the Tambourine you know? Plus, we’re a bunch of absolute goofs in the studio and it’s always a good time.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Growing up, I played competitive Hockey from the time I was six until I graduated High school. I was the goalie, and I remember any time the puck hit the post and didn’t go in the net, I’d say “that was just lucky”, and my dad would say, “you can’t have luck without talent,” and that always stuck with me. He’d say, “you blocked the net at just the right angle – even if it hit the post, the player missed BECAUSE you were exactly where you needed to be”. I believe I have had luck for sure, it’s always a right place, right time situation, but I do believe that luck only presents itself to you when you’re on the right path and when you’ve put in the work to even have the opportunity exist in your world.
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