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Meet Rachel Eckroth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Eckroth.

Rachel, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m one of those ‘hard to define’ type musicians. I started at a young age playing piano and singing, and eventually went the route of a jazz musician, getting degrees in jazz piano and composition, and making the move to jazz mecca, New York City. During all that, I also spent time in Las Vegas playing keyboards in pop bands and in my late twenties started writing lyrics and more traditional songwriting, kind of moving away from jazz, but not totally. I put out a few records of my songs, which led me to open for Rufus Wainwright for a year and a half tour. That sort of solidified my singer/songwriter identity. I’m currently working on a few jazz records now though. I’ve toured and recorded with some other artists like KT Tunstall and Emily Saliers and Chris Botti and spent some time in an NBC TV show band as well. I spend a lot of time writing new songs and trying to connect with other artists to create.

Has it been a smooth road?
There have always been financial challenges of course, its kind of goes along with the whole chasing your dream thing. Now we are in a time where the whole industry is being challenged. I hope we come out alive.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
Pianist, songwriter, teacher, arranger, composer, producer, singer.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
It’s a perfect place to start out. The bar is high for musicians and people in LA are hungry for the gig, so they are always bringing their best. That type of thing catches on.

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Shervin Lainez
Juan Naharro Gimenez
Carrie Motzing
Chals Lello

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