Rachel Laven is a young yet seasoned singer songwriter with 15 years of professional stage experience. This Texas native is known for turning eyes and ears with her electric vocals and her provocative songwriting. She has performed nationally and internationally at festivals, theatres, house concerts, and small venues alike. Rachel has a new album out Love & Luccheses, an 11 song Texas Country album, encapturing the last four years of her love life. Make no mistake, however, this album takes on more than romance and heartbreak. Songs from this album helped her to win the 2016 NewFolk Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival and take home the runner up prize at the No Depression Songwriter Competition at Freshgrass Festival in Sept. 2017.
Laven grew up in a musical family in San Antonio, Texas. She performed with her parents cover band at the age of 5, started songwriting at 10, and recorded her first full length album at 13. Now 25 years old, with a college degree from Trinity University, 3 albums with her family band (The Lavens), 2 solo albums, and 1 EP with her bluegrass project band (Sweet ‘Shine & Honey), Laven is ready to take on the world as an independent artist.
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Fiddle or guitar
3: What was the worst advice?
No answer provided.
4: What was your first concert?
My first concert was a Willie Nelson concert when I was 7 or 8 years old.
5: What/where is the best road food?
Lea’s Pies in Lecompte or Monroe, Louisiana. Milagrito’s in San Antonio, TX Kerbey Lane in Austin, TX Rally’s fast food
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Always be humble and kind. You never know who is in the audience or who the bartender is so always play your heart out.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
I get inspiration from everything, I guess as a folk artist, people are sometimes surprised to hear that I listen and gain inspiration from artists like Snoop Dogg, Ozomatli, Prince, or Kendrick Lamar. I enjoy listening to a lot of different styles of music and pull rhythms, rhyme schemes, progressions, concepts, etc from it all. I pride myself on writing songs that vary from one to the next and in order to write that, I have to switch up my musical intake.