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Rachael Yamagata

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Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata grew up listening to Carole King, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and the like, for music was the one thing in Yamagata's life that remained consistent. Her parents divorced when she was two, forcing her to find a balance between her German-Italian mother's apartment in New York City and the Washington, D.C. residence of her third-generation Japanese father. Such frequent travel readied Yamagata for a way of life that would eventually lead her to a professional singing career. By the time she reached Northwestern University in the mid-'90s, Yamagata had one year of piano lessons and a spiral notebook full of songs under her belt. After pursuing a degree in French for one year, she relocated to New York to become an Italian theater major at Vassar. Sporadic changes loomed ahead, however. When her acting coach at Vassar moved to Barnard College, Yamagata thought she would go, too. She eventually opted to return to Northwestern instead, where she joined the theater program and befriended the funk band Bumpus during her junior year. Bumpus was a mainstay on the club circuit in Chicago, and Yamagata soon landed a gig singing with the band. She spent six years in the lineup, recording three albums and touring the country along the way. By 2001, however, Yamagata felt her time with Bumpus had run its course. She had a solid batch of songs that didn't gel with the band's funkafied formula, and a solo career was soon launched. In September 2002, Yamagata landed a deal with Arista's Private Music, and her self-titled EP arrived in October. Her first full-length album, Happenstance, followed in June 2004. Featuring production from John Alagía, who had previously helmed such albums as John Mayer's Room for Squares and Dave Matthews Band's Busted Stuff, the album's pop-tinged sound found its way onto several teen-driven TV shows, including The O.C. and Alias. Happenstance also endeared Yamagata to such musicians as Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, and Rhett Miller, all of whom invited her to perform on their albums as Yamagata readied her sophomore effort. Boosted by such support, she returned in 2008 with Elephants...Teeth Sinking into Heart, an eclectic release that featured both intimate material and PJ Harvey-inspired rock. Yamagata used the crowdfunding website PledgeMusic to create her third full-length, 2011's laid-back Chesapeake, and again in 2016 to help fund that years highly anticipated Tightrope Walker. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
Rachael Yamagata

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    1 song

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    Let Me Be Your Girl

    1 song

    On Air

    Over

    1 song

    On Air

    Nobody

    10 songs

    On Air

    Chesapeake

    19 songs

    On Air

    Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart

    22 songs

    On Air

    Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart

    17 songs

    On Air

    Happenstance

    20 songs

    On Air

    Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart

    1 song

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    Even If I Don't - Single

    1 song

    On Air

    Starlight

    7 songs

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    Rachael Yamagata EP

    5 songs

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    KCRW Sessions

    1 song

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    Even If I Don't

    1 song

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    Be Be Your Love

    1 song

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    Paper Doll (Live at the Loft)

    1 song

    On Air

    Worn Me Down (Live at the Loft)

    10 songs

    On Air

    Tightrope Walker

    12 songs

    On Air

    Chesapeake

    13 songs

    On Air

    Happenstance

    4 songs

    On Air

    Live at the Loft


Top Songs by
Rachael Yamagata

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  2.   Elephants
  3.   Even If I Don't
  4.   Worn Me Down
  5.   Starlight
  6.   River
  7.   Quiet
  8.   Reason Why
  9.   Would You Please
  10.   Duet
  11.   The Only Fault
  12.   Don't
  13.   What If I Leave
  14.   Brown Eyes
  15.   Be Be Your Love
  16.   Known for Years
  17.   Sidedish Friend
  18.   Moments With Oliver
  19.   I'm Going to Go Back There Someday
  20.   Even So
  21.   1963
  22.   Nobody
  23.   Worn Me Down by Malcolm Burn
  24.   You Won't Let Me
  25.   Both Sides Now
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Rachael Yamagata

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    Indie Chill

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    Joni Mitchell: DNA

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    Eclectic Rock

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    Coffee House

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    Adult Alternative

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    Rock The Halls


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