Rachael Price

Rachel Price with her Luna Ukelele

Twenty-three year old jazz vocalist Rachael Price has amassed an impressive resume for her age. With the release of her recording "The Good Hours", Price muses on the whirlwind ride of the last five years. "It´s been amazing – touring the U.S. with my trio, singing with the T.S. Monk Sextet, international jazz festivals in Brazil and Panama, recording three CD´s – all while completing a degree in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory."

Born in Australia and raised in Nashville, Price admits she "has been singing jazz since a small child." She recalls "jazz hit an inner chord with me at the age of five. I heard Ella Fitzgerald´s rendition of The Lady is a Tramp. I didn´t understand the lyrics, but I liked the feeling it gave me." Her father had an extensive jazz collection, and the young child started singing along with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O´Day, Peggy Lee, Doris Day and others.
"By the time she was nine," her dad recalls, "she sounded just like the classic vocalists of the 40´s…she would spend hours singing while pretending she was in some old black and white musical."

After winning many local talent competitions in Tennessee, she was selected as a vocalist by the Grammy Foundation for their National High School Jazz Choir, and went on to become the youngest semi-finalist in both the Montreaux International Jazz Vocal Competition in Europe and the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. While performing in Switzerland she was heard by six-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon. Nnenna, and her manager, Ed Keane, were so impressed with the seventeen-year-old that he signed her up, and the touring has been constant ever since.

Rachel Price,  Luna Artist

Rachael is proud of her new recording "The Good Hours". She says, "I decided to call it that because the recording is all about my live show. I love my audiences, and feel a strong connection with them when I sing. The meaning of "The Good Hours" is that the time with the audience are the best hours of my life, especially with songs like these that I feel deeply in my heart." The recording features the repertoire of her recent concerts, ably accompanied by her trio – Warren Wolf on piano and vibes, Erik Privert on bass and Dave Brophy on drums.

So what´s next for Rachael? "I am getting more into songwriting, and will be recording my own material in the next few years." Rachael thinks her Luna High Tide Concert Uke is a great instrument for writing on the road or just picking up for some spontaneous writing at home. She also feels the ukulele is a perfect compliment to her musical styling. Most audiences expect the traditional band instruments with her style of music, and her Luna uke adds an unexpected cool vibe that fits right in.

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