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

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