Independent Michigan singer-songwriter Rachel Curtis is a Lansing, MI-based contemplative folk and daydreamy, smoky pop artist. She delivers unique, seasoned vocals, weaving a common thread of heartfelt melodies throughout the varying alternative folk and pop genres.
Rachel’s mature vocal stylings grabbed the attention of American Idol judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan in 2018, landing her a ticket to Hollywood.
She has opened up for nationally-touring bands and Grammy-winning artists including Gladys Knight, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, and Tracy Lawrence. Her original music received a national spotlight at the 2019 CMA Fest, on the Spotlight Stage at the Music City Center in Nashville. Getting to play Common Ground Music Festival, Curtis was able to cross off one of many bucket list items by playing the same festival as her inspirations -- Brandi Carlile and City and Colour in 2019.
Performing with her live band (Jason Marr on electric guitar, Tyler Tesla on bass, Danny Lindstrom on drums), Rachel is a multi-instrumentalist herself, playing the guitar, mandolin, and singing. She aims to use music as a medium to inspire others, reaching them emotionally through contemplative, yet her relatable poetic lyrics, and catchy melodies.
Her musical inspirations include art-pop singer songwriter Maggie Rogers, British-American singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs, Australian indie folk musician Vance Joy, country pop singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, and English indie rock band Florence & the Machine.
“Senses,” her first EP, was released in 2018, followed by five singles throughout the following year, “Dandelions,” “Intertwine,” “Penny Pincher,” “Adam & Eve,” and “Blue.” Her original work earned her a spot as a Top 3 Finalist for WYCE Radio’s “Best Contemporary Folk Album of the Year” in 2020.
February of 2021, Curtis independently released a new single, “Strobe Lights,” with a corresponding music video. “Strobe Lights” was co-written and produced by band bassist Tyler Tesla, mixed by Curt Micol, and mastered by Grammy-winning Mastering Engineer Steve Fallone (Kacey Musgraves, The National, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Hozier, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett). The video was directed, edited, and produced by Lansing videographer Craig Jones, and his crew Will Corbett, Abe Garza, Jason Gabriel, and Jack Lienhart in Glenlore Trails in Commerce Township, Michigan. Judy Curtis was the Creative Director & Wardrobe Supervisor. This is just one of several promising releases in 2021.