Rachel's life journey started with challenges at birth and her journey to self discovery has been motivated through music! Born with a hearing dysfunction and years of speech therapy Rachel was inspired by early Gospel legend, Mahalia Jackson, Jazz legends, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan and R&B legends, Sam Cooke, Gladys Knight and Lauryn Hill. Rachel grew up swooning along with her music and cultivated her silky-smooth vocals through her childhood church choir, private classical lessons, Jazz training at Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in her hometown of Dallas, TX.
Born August 16, 1995. At the age of three, she could not speak, nor properly hear words due to an inner ear dysfunction. Doctors at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas recommended surgery to correct the problem. Still, following surgery, mysterious and still-unexplained complications had Rachel at the brink of death.
After recovering in the hospital, three years of speech therapy and ongoing academic challenges resulting from delayed hearing, comprehension and attention deficit disorder left her with many feelings of uncertainty! Although she recovered, the uncertainties, insecurities and loneliness many teens often feel while growing up, added more discouragement to Rachel’s efforts to be normal - to fit in; to belong, and be loved unconditionally.
Today, she has overcome many of the challenges and she celebrates her journey of determination to succeed against all odds! Rachel is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visuals Arts, She attended and graduated May 2017 from Santa Fe University of Art & Design with a BA in Contemporary Music on a full scholarship under Department Chairs, Steven Paxton and Horace Alexander Young.
It is her hope that girls, teens, young adults – and parents – will find encouragement and light in the darkest corners of their lives when they hear and see more of her journey.
One of her favorite songs, "What Is Your Song" was written & produced by grammy award winning Madukwu Chinwah was sung to help inspire, uplift and embolden parents and teenagers to trust God and experience hope and encouragement when there appears to be none.
Today, Rachel continues to pursue her career goals as a working actor, singer, songwriter, and model!
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