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Rachael Yamagata

Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata grew up listening to Carole King, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and the like, for music was the one thing in Yamagata's life that remained consistent. Her parents divorced when she was two, forcing her to find a balance between her German-Italian mother's apartment in New York City and the Washington, D.C. residence of her third-generation Japanese father. Such frequent travel readied Yamagata for a way of life that would eventually lead her to a professional singing career. By the time she reached Northwestern University in the mid-'90s, Yamagata had one year of piano lessons and a spiral notebook full of songs under her belt. After pursuing a degree in French for one year, she relocated to New York to become an Italian theater major at Vassar. Sporadic changes loomed ahead, however. When her acting coach at Vassar moved to Barnard College, Yamagata thought she would go, too. She eventually opted to return to Northwestern instead, where she joined the theater program and befriended the funk band Bumpus during her junior year. Bumpus was a mainstay on the club circuit in Chicago, and Yamagata soon landed a gig singing with the band. She spent six years in the lineup, recording three albums and touring the country along the way. By 2001, however, Yamagata felt her time with Bumpus had run its course. She had a solid batch of songs that didn't gel with the band's funkafied formula, and a solo career was soon launched. In September 2002, Yamagata landed a deal with Arista's Private Music, and her self-titled EP arrived in October. Her first full-length album, Happenstance, followed in June 2004. Featuring production from John Alagía, who had previously helmed such albums as John Mayer's Room for Squares and Dave Matthews Band's Busted Stuff, the album's pop-tinged sound found its way onto several teen-driven TV shows, including The O.C. and Alias. Happenstance also endeared Yamagata to such musicians as Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, and Rhett Miller, all of whom invited her to perform on their albums as Yamagata readied her sophomore effort. Boosted by such support, she returned in 2008 with Elephants...Teeth Sinking into Heart, an eclectic release that featured both intimate material and PJ Harvey-inspired rock. Yamagata used the crowdfunding website PledgeMusic to create her third full-length, 2011's laid-back Chesapeake, and again in 2016 to help fund that years highly anticipated Tightrope Walker. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Rachael Yamagata

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    8 songs

    Female Focus

    Female Focus
    3 songs

    Late Night Mix

    Late Night Mix
    1 song

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    1 song

    Adult Rock

    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    1 song

Albums by
Rachael Yamagata

Top Songs by
Rachael Yamagata

  1.   Song
  2.   Elephants
  3.   Even If I Don't
  4.   Worn Me Down
  5.   Starlight
  6.   Duet
  7.   Reason Why
  8.   Quiet
  9.   Would You Please
  10.   The Only Fault
  11.   Brown Eyes
  12.   What If I Leave
  13.   Don't
  14.   River
  15.   Known for Years
  16.   Be Be Your Love
  17.   Sidedish Friend
  18.   Miles On a Car
  19.   1963
  20.   Hand of God
  21.   You Won't Let Me
  22.   Letter Read
  23.   Collide
  24.   Money Fame Thunder
  25.   Break Apart
  26.   Let Me Be Your Girl
  27.   Over
  28.   Worn Me Down by Malcolm Burn
  29.   Dealbreaker
  30.   I Don't Want To Be Your Mother
  31.   The Way It Seems To Go
  32.   Both Sides Now
  33.   Faster
  34.   Horizon
  35.   Over and Over
  36.   I Wish You Love
  37.   Moments With Oliver
  38.   Even So
  39.   I'll Find a Way
  40.   I Want You
  41.   Accident
  42.   Meet Me by the Water
  43.   Black Sheep
  44.   Nobody
  45.   Full On
  46.   Stick Around
  47.   Saturday Morning
  48.   I'm Going to Go Back There Someday
  49.   You Take My Troubles Away by Dan Wilson
  50.   Pause the Tragic Ending
  51.   Sunday Afternoon
  52.   Ode To...
  53.   Paper Doll
  54.   Under My Skin
  55.   Rainsong
  56.   EZ Target
  57.   Tightrope Walker
  58.   Baby Come Find Me At Christmas
  59.   These Girls
  60.   Little Life
  61.   Edith
  62.   Jesus Was a Cross Maker
  63.   Would You Please/These Girls
  64.   I'm Going Back
  65.   Elephants Instrumental [Album
  66.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  67.   Here Comes the Sun
  68.   These Girls / Would You Please
  69.   Elephants Instrumental
  70.   Be Your Love
  71.   Heavyweight
  72.   It'll Do
  73.   Jonah
  74.   Do You Really Want to Hurt Me

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