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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

    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
    1 song

    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    1 song

Albums by
Rachael Yamagata

Top Songs by
Rachael Yamagata

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

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