A native of Orlando, Florida, Rachel Farris has been playing piano since age 7 and began writing music before she was in her teens. The singer-songwriter put together a 10-song demo that led to her contract with Big3 Records, distributed by Warner Entertainment’s ADA. Rachel co-produced her debut with John and Dino Elefante. “When I write music, I hear it all in my head—the drums, guitars, keyboard parts and strings, the whole flow of the song,” explains Rachel, who thrived on both sides of the recording booth.
On the strength of the resulting album, Soak, Rachel was selected as the launch artist of the LidRock campaign in May, 2003. Two tracks from it were given out to over 4 million consumers via mini CDs that were affixed to the lids of fountain drinks at Regal Cinemas and United Artists Theatres. In addition, another 800,000 lids were given away at Universal Theme Parks. The unique marketing platform was supported with an extensive in-theatre promotion program that included a three minute promo with excerpts from Rachel’s music video and live footage. It was seen by over 25 million movie attendees. Her debut single, I’m Not the Girl, reached top 50 on the pop charts and Rachel won two Los Angeles Music Awards: Independent Pop Album of the Year and Independent Pop Artist of the Year.
Rachel has shared billing with acts such as Smash Mouth, Daniel Bedingfield, Lisa Marie Presley, Sixpence None the Richer, Mercy Me, Earth Wind & Fire, and many others, and was a musical guest performer on the Wayne Brady Show. She has toured the U.S. extensively and has visited radio stations in over 35 major cities promoting her debut CD. Rachel was also featured on the covers of R&R magazine, The Network magazine, and in Billboard several times, including a write up on her hit single, “I’m not the Girl.”
Rachel independently recorded and produced her sophomore album, Fairytale, in 2006. Shortly after, she landed a 2-year string of TV and radio commercial voiceovers for McDonald’s’ “I’m Lovin’ it” campaign. Searching for answers to her deepest life questions, Rachel returned to college. After graduating in the top ten percent of her class at Belmont University, she has emerged with a whole new outlook. Rachel went to work writing her brand new album Above the Rug utilizing her new found inspiration to take bigger risks. She explains, “This album is more revealing of who I am. I’m the person in the group who usually says something shocking and it sounds contradictory coming from such a sweet voice. Above the Rug uncovers that grit that I usually keep under the rug so to speak.”
Rachel’s new album is made up of ten original tracks. On a unique mission with her latest songs, she’s tithing her entire CD. This means one song of the ten, 10 percent, will be completely given away. Track ten, titled “Empty,” is her chosen tithe song. Every time someone downloads “Empty” 100% of the proceeds go directly to CASA, a non-profit that advocates for neglected and abused children who have been brought to the attention of the courts. Rachel graduated from CASA’s training program and was sworn in by a Nashville magistrate as an approved volunteer to advocate for abused and neglected children’s interests.
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