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This month, we’re shining a spotlight on women in music who are making their voice heard - on and off the stage. This week’s headliner? Give it up for Rachael Price! Since the early 2000s, the native Tennesseean has been stunning audiences as the lead singer of the eclectic jazz-pop group Lake Street Dive. With a soulful voice that Rolling Stone once described as "a muscle car of music history," Rachael and Lake Street Dive have toured the world over, appeared on countless talk shows, and have become a staple around the ModCloth offices (seriously, listen to "Good Kisser" once and you'll understand). We sat down with the songstress to discuss her musical childhood, what album changed her life forever and for the better, and Lake Street Dive's new album, "Obviously."
We can’t stop putting your music on repeat! Who or what inspired you to make music? Did you grow up around music? When did you decide to make a career out of songwriting and singing?
My father is a classical composer, fiddler, guitar player, and choir conductor. I grew up in a Baha'i community where music was the central focus of all our gatherings. Singing has always been a communal act of gratitude. It is also how I've always felt the most like myself so I never really tried to do anything else!
We all have one song or one album that will always have a special place in our hearts. What is that song or album for you? How has that artist inspired your work?
Erykah Badu's album "Mama's Gun" changed me. I was 15 when it came out and I'd never heard anything like that. The subjects, the sounds, the varying genres - it's such an incredible album. And Erykah Badu is a Goddess for real.
If the Grammy nominations are any indication, it seems like women in music dominated in 2020. Is there a recent female singer or songwriter who has been a source of inspiration for you?
So many! It's a very inspiring time in music. Some of the artists I'm very moved by right now are Amber Mark, H.E.R., and Kacey Musgraves.
COVID-19 has upended many industries, however, the music industry might be one of the hardest hit. How have you managed to stay creative during this difficult time? How have you been sharing your music while touring and concerts have ceased?
Well, truthfully, I haven't done nearly as much music-making as I'd like. I really miss singing in front of audiences and also sometimes my neighbors bang when we make noise! But I've also had time to inhabit other parts of myself besides the performer and have found the silver linings - I play a lot more guitar and I'm learning Spanish.
Anything else you want to add or share about what’s next for you?
Lake Street Dive's new album "Obviously" just came out and it feels very exciting to have some new music out with the promise of doing shows safely in the near future!