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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.

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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

 

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San Antonio Express News Article January 2017

San Antonio Express News Article July 2016

Lonesome Highway Review October 2016

Lone Star Music Magazine Review August 2016

 

Recent Concerts

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

Red Clay Theatre - Duluth, Georgia

Blue Rock Studios - Wimberley, Texas

2016 Fischer Fest - Fischer, Texas

The Golden Lion - Bristol, England

2016 South West Regional Folk Alliance Official Showcase -  Austin, Texas

and many many more!!


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