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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. The album's country twang sound was inspired by Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, and Chris Stapleton. Songs from this album helped her to win the 2016 NewFolk Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival and Runner Up at No Depression's Songwriter Awards at Freshgrass Festival.
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.
Collins De La Cour of Green Room Music Source says, "A positive force of nature onstage, Laven not only captivates with her smiling lyricism but with the timber of a voice that sounds straight out of her chest. She is a powerhouse of energy, breathing through notes breezily with a passionate aire and cool side-smiling tonality. Vibrant, well-spoken, and always reaching new heights, Rachel Laven will be known among the songwriters of her generation as an encouragement and inspiration to dare."
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Awards & Accolades
2017 Runner up at No depression's songwriter awards at Freshgrass fest
2017 larry joe taylor songwriter showcase semi-finalist
2016 New Folk Winner at Kerrville Folk Festival
2016 Third Place at Songwriter Serenade Performing Songwriter Competition
2010 "Best Vocalist" San Antonio Current
2010 "Artist of the Year" Texas Music Coalition
2010 JAck Skiles Music Scholarship Winner
2007 World Folk Music Competition Winner
2006 BBC Next Big thing contest - top 15 in the world
2018 Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International
2018 Red Clay Theatre - Duluth Georgia
2017 Kansas City Folk Festival - Kansas City, Missouri
2017 Freshgrass Fest - North Adams, MA
2017 Belladrum Music Fest - Inverness, Scotland
2017 Residency at Liberty Bar - San Antonio, Texas
2017 Truck Festival - Oxfordshire, England
2017 Kerrville Folk Festival Mainstage - Kerrville, TX
2016 Kerrville Fall Festival - Kerrville, Texas
Blue Rock Studios - Wimberley, Texas
2016 Fischer Fest - Fischer, Texas
2016 South West Regional Folk Alliance Official Showcase - Austin, Texas
and many many more!!