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"Davis swings as adeptly as ’30s jazz vocalist Mildred Bailey, and she has a sense of humor"
Edd Hurt Nashville Scene
"Rachael Davis possesses a stunning voice of diva proportions, balanced by an unassuming charm that disarms even the toughest audience."
Phil Madeira
"Rachael Davis is one of the most unique and remarkable artists in Music City. Her multi-instrumental talents are surpassed only by her one of kind, magnificent voice. Best singer in Nashville."
Billy Block - The Billy Block Show
Her music is built around her voice, a shimmering and versatile thing that trips lightly through Ella-esque jazz lines, growls and belts and glides.
Ann Arbor Review
Her voice and songwriting seem to defy age. One moment, she's a jazz singer, her voice vaulting across ranges; the next, she's a folksinger, wizened and weary
Mike Hughes Lansing State Journal
Davis commands a voice older than her years, an instrument that is equally sure expressing strength and vulnerability, and her songwriting is fearlessly eclectic.
Ben Edmonds Detroit Free Press
People... please open your hearts and bathe your ears in the 'Be-here-now, soul-on-your-sleeve'-inspired new voice of Rachael Davis!
Dean Magraw folk and jazz guitar wizard
Rachael is a bold explorer in the undefined and powerful territory of her primary instrument -- her own human voice -- and the stories that come through it
Claudia Schmidt
Rachael Davis has one of those voices that you know will somehow find its way to a national spotlight... keep an eye -- and an ear -- out for her
Ellis Paul
With a voice that moving - we could listen to her sing the alphabet all night and that would be enough.
Eddie From Ohio
We don't have Eva Cassidy anymore but we do have Rachael Davis
Susan Werner
[Rachael sings] with the voice of the most beautiful color you've never seen.
Mary Lou Lord

Biography

Multi-instrumentalist Rachael Davis is as renown for her expressive--and explosive--voice as she is for uniting the often desperate worlds of folk, blues, country, and pop.

Over a decade career of solo albums and collaborations, the Michigan native has established herself as the best (barely) kept secret in folk music with a poise and confidence on stage--not to mention a song repertoire--that is more associated with veterans with decades of experience. Many established artist for whom Davis has opened for have been struck by the sheer force of her performance--her original and fearless phrasing--which has challenged more than a few of her heroes to step it up when they find she's on the bill.

And with Davis' recent relocation to Nashville, TN, the secret of her ascending career as a new and exciting voice in American music seems destined to get out in a big way.

Davis has lent her voice to countless recordings for friends as well as for film soundtracks, but it is her intuitive and empathetic understanding of folk music—“the music of folks” as she calls it, and her original and thoughtful songwriting voice that has earned her fans around the U.S.

Her clear tone and uncanny memory for just about every song she’s ever heard came early. The daughter of professional folk singers, as a child Davis took to harmony, piano, and ukulele early and at 8, joined the family band Lake Effect, performing regularly at folk festivals throughout her home state of Michigan and around the U.S.

“I was learning everything I could get my hands on and when I was 17, my father gave me his Bart Reiter banjo and taught me to play claw hammer style,” recalled Davis. “I like to joke that cursed me for life.”

At 20, already a professional and deeply moved by traditional mountain music, blues, and ballads, Davis composed and recorded her debut album “Minor League Deities.” The album won critical accolades in the acoustic music scene and acclaim among folk music listeners.

Like many before her, Davis took the road with debut album, settling in Boston, Massachusetts and performing in city subways and the streets of Cambridge--making friends, sharpening her craft, and her wit, while all the time devising a personal way of merging her love for the American songbook with a contemporary view.

Davis often found sanctuary in the city’s basement level record stores as well as Boston’s premier acoustic music clubs where she made fans and friends of local stage veterans Vance Gilbert, Cheryl Wheeler, rising star Josh Ritter, and indie rock’s parade float princess, Mary Lou Lord. “In a way, they’re all still with me today,” says Davis, “I was part of a real music community there. My story was just like theirs. We all knew we were on a path to find something and for that moment, we were all in the same place.”

Because Davis has been swayed by so many different types of music, her style is difficult to file and will not languorously rest amid broader musical genres. "My slant on acoustic music can be explained by a mixed cassette tape that my father played during my early childhood while driving in our family’s Chevy Cavalier station wagon we nicknamed Iggy. On one side of the cassette was the soundtrack for the film The Big Chill. On the other was John Hartford’s “Areoplane”." Today Davis describes her music as ‘Motown-Banjo’.

Rachel Davis has released her first Nashville based record titled Bandbox Jubilee produced by Phil Madeira and Lynn Nichols.

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