Keyboardist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Solomon has been making a name for herself since her 2005 arrival in Nashville, TN as an in-demand live and session pianist and singer as well as a unique and powerful songwriter. She released her debut solo record in January of 2013 entitled Love Ourselves, a personal exposition of love, loss, longing, and personal and spiritual growth. She describes it best as a little bit Beatles, a little bit Billy Joel (Rachel’s Berklee songwriting professor penned her “The Female Billy Joel”), a little bit Carole King, a little bit Bonnie Raitt (Raitt’s guitarist George Marinelli played on the record), and of course – 100% Rachel Solomon.
Born a Yankee, raised a southwesterner, reared in the “Live Music Capital” that is Austin, TX, and schooled at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, Rachel’s background is as diverse as her talents are. She comes from a roving music pedigree as the daughter of Andy Solomon, keyboard player for Ted Nugent’s early psychedelic endeavor The Amboy Dukes, and he passed along skills of both keyboard and saxophone to a young Rachel. Rachel spent a large portion of what should have been her rebellious teenage years winning classical piano competitions, sitting 1st chair alto saxophonist in the Texas All-State Band, and playing out with local Austin mainstay band The Alice Rose.
After three years at Berklee in Boston, Rachel was offered the job as the keyboardist and background vocalist for the widely popular all-female country/rock group Mustang Sally. Rachel quickly packed up and flew herself and her keyboard down to Nashville to go on the road with the band. The group played over 200 hundred shows a year and traveled everywhere from all over North America to Korea, Japan and Switzerland. During the time Rachel spent with Mustang Sally, the band was signed to Mobile, AL indie label Global Music Group and released the self-titled debut album, Mustang Sally.
More recent years have led Rachel to playing and collaborating with notable names such as Laura Bell Bundy, Love and Theft, Krystal Keith, Heidi Newfield (of Trick Pony), Adam Hood, and hit songwriting couple Tia Sillers and Mark Selby. Rachel can be heard playing piano and Hammond organ on Sillers’ most recent solo record, “Hindsight and Other Illusions”, on which Rachel had the opportunity to play on Sillers’ own rendition of her Grammy Award-winning song, “I Hope You Dance”. She also played all keyboards on Adam Hood’s 2011 release “The Shape of Things”, which included the songs “Front Porch Thang” (which went on to be recorded by Little Big Town) and “Grandpa’s Farm” (which went on to be recorded by David Nail and Frankie Ballard).
When not in the studio or playing in other artists’ groups, Rachel tours as her own artist. Her complete tour schedule is available at www.RachelSolo.com. [+]