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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

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    1 song

    Adult Alternative

    1 song

    Adult Rock

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

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