Rachel Adell is an award winning singer songwriter and poet who describes performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville as one of the highlights of her career. Unpainting Roses, her first album, had its second release during Covid 19, 2020. After surviving cancer and moving between four countries and five states for the last few years, she is in the studio preparing to release her second album; Saturday Sunrise. Rachel is motivated to add her voice to a growing number of older women influencing media, politics, and entertainment.
“I’m convinced we’d repair this broken world in under a decade if more women stood up to the old status quo. The next generation needs to know that women do not expire after twenty-five. Women only become more wise, powerful, and awesome as they age. Keep going where your heart leads you. If they don’t give you a platform, make one.”
Rachel was the second born of three girls and raised in Oregon with a hippy mom and country loving Dad. Her maternal grandmother is a published poet from Portland, and trained Rachel in her love and success in poetry. As a teenager, she was able to have many poems in small publications and even won a first place award in a poetry competition. During most summer evenings visiting her grandparents in Wallowa, she remembers falling asleep to the sound of her grandfather and uncles playing blue grass music. She played fiddle as a child, picked up the guitar, sang in classical choirs, and started writing songs with friends as a teen. After college, getting married, working in mental health, and having a baby, she was flooded with more songs. Rachel explained that receiving inspiration for melodies and lyrics “was like a tsunami.” She could be destroyed or ride the wave, she decided to ride the wave. She has participated in a handful of songwriting competitions and won first place singing the songs from her upcoming album.
Getting more familiar with writing for tv, film, and ads, Rachel is even more energized and taking her music on a wild and more rock driven ride, as she learns to produce more herself. Her music can be classified as indie poprock or something like Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish grabbing lunch at Taco Bell while causing some mischief with Harley Quinn. Her biggiest music idols are Cyndi Lauper and Debbie Harry. She has often been compared Feist, Taylor Swift, and Delores O’Riordan from the Cranberries.
Coming soon is her single, “Watch Out” followed by two more female empowerment tunes. She plans to release her full length album later this year. Be on the watch out on all streaming platforms. Rachel most often updates her instagram @racheladellmusic and you can sign up for her newsletters and updates at racheladell.com.