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December 1, 2014

  

"I've got this gift, I've got this plan

This ol' heart and these two hands

Life may have it's twists and turns

But I'm grateful for the big picture

Because God gave it

And I don't wanna waste it"

- P. Sikes/R. Williams

 

The last couple months have been chaos.

 

However, I did finally put the new bedding I bought a month ago on my bed.

And I did wash AND put away all my laundry and move my suitcases to the corner, despite the fact that I'll be filling up those same suitcases again in approximately 9 days.  But that's neither here nor there.  I'm relishing in the small victories today <3

 

I wish that I could shout from a mountain-top all the insanely exciting and petrifying and inspiring and overwhelming things that have occured in the last month.  Things that have triggered emotions in me that I haven't felt in a long, long, long time.  Opportunites that have made the light at the end of this tunnel shine ever so brightly.  But also, opportunties that have forced me to re-examine so much of what I've trusted/believed thus far.

 

  However, like so much about this business, it's the "hurry up, hurry up, now wait" complex we seem to always fight...  It's been a slow and steady climb, one where many of you have been unaware of where I was placing on this mountain.  Trust me when I say that it was never because of a lack of progress being made, but because until the ink is signed and dried, I've had no choice but to keep these victories & defeats to myself.

 

And now there's papers.  And planes.  And opinions.  And prayers.  And conference calls.  And studio sessions.  And countless cups of coffee.  And late-night, martini-fueled phone calls to my Mom & Dad because they are the only ones that I can pour every pro & con I have about these latest developments.  (And my parents don't get it at all, but somehow because they're my parents, they do, and they love me in spite of my overstimulated brain.)  And now there's target dates on the calendar to make me kick my ass, stuck in, and insert mermaid weave at 8AM for.  And a finished record that is coming for all of you beautiful believers that have waited ever-so-patiently for it's release.

 

The dream has evolved.

The vision is big and ever-changing.

It's happening & it's not holding back.

So now I spend December preparing myself for what will hands-down be the biggest faith-leaping, life-altering, gut-trusting year of my life... aligning my heart to embrace it all. 

Oh yeah, and finding time to go Christmas shopping too.

Big high-fives that make your hand sting and bear hugs that llinger a little longer than usual.

 

Here's to 2015.

May we dominate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Watch me as a light a fire, and learn to love a whole world lighter."

September 1, 2014

 

Things are good.  Really good.  Like, my heart could explode with sunshine and every Spice Girls song ever recorded, ha.  The energy of my head and heart has shifted in a big way and though it's long over-due, I'm soaking it in and appreciating every moment that I can stay present in the exciting things and the silent things surrounding me.  In the last month, I've had a handful of the best shows I've done in years.  I've completed (and paid off) my album.  I've been presented with possibilities that I've been striving for/dreaming of since the day I first picked up a hairbrush and used it as my microphone up in my bedroom.   I've full embraced the person that this musical venture has helped me become and I'm shooting on all cylindars.  And with the light of music, some much-needed 'weeding' in my personal life, a heavy bag and boxing gloves, and the most badass "glam squad" around...I couldn't feel better ;) 

 

I'm forever busy.  I'm exhausted.  I'm happy.

What a concept.

 

This week I am up in Michigan brewing up some stuff musically (which I can't wait to fill you in on!) and celebrating my Grandma's 87th birthday.  Let me say that one more time... 87. 

 

 

 

I am so in awe of this woman, it's unreal.  Anyone that knows me knows that my sun rises and sets on my Granny and I couldn't be more grateful for her.

 

For those that don't know this story already, my grandparents are originally from the south and moved to Michigan in their 20's before getting married & starting a family just outside Detroit.   They took me to the Michigan State Fair when I was a mere 2 years old to see The Judds opening for the Oak Ridge Boys.  Apparently I fell in love with them quickly and after that concert, my grandpa bought me every cassette and recorded on VHS every award show/talk show that they appeared on.  My grandfather died in 1991 and not too long after, I started attending church with my grandma at a "Michigan-style" Penecostal church...southern gospel groups, revivals, the whole shebang.  It was in my grandma's church that I came into my own and made my home on a stage singing hymns.  I'll always thank her for that.

 

 Aside from my visit home, the shows in the last month have been pretty bad ass. 

 

It's all happening.  Thank you for staying with me.  For being patient, for sending me messages of encouragement, for listening to the new music, for watching the videos, for coming to the shows, and for simply taking the minute to read what I post and clicking "Like"... it means the world to me.  And I truly aim to make music and be the artist that is deserving of your support!

Nothin but love,

Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Mile

March 10, 2014

 

 

"If ye have as much faith as a grain of mustard seed, nothing shall be impossible unto you."- Matthew 17:20

 

I have kept the faith.  I have fought hard.   I have put one foot in front of the other, despite the feeling at times that the finish line was moving further down.  I have believed in a dream, in a vision with my entire being.  I have kept my eye on the prize the last year and a half, despite whatever curve balls life and love may have thrown my way.  I have come light years since the beginning of this process, evolving not only as an artist but as a woman into a whole new realm of confidence, independence, and empowerment.  I have learned to stop apologizing for what I want.

 

From the “crazy idea” that the big voiced, redhead girl from Detroit that moved to Nashville to chase country stardom, only to pull a 180 years later and record something completely against the “tried and true” of Music Row, to a successful Kickstarter campaign, to calling upon a man I barely knew to produce an album that I could only hear in my head , to walking into a studio with the most jaw-droppingly inspiring musicians & background singers to hear them bring a life to my songs bigger than I could have ever dreamed.  Every single person played an invaluable, instrumental piece in this puzzle and without one, I would not be sitting here with the music that I have right now.

 

This album has saved me repeatedly.

Keeping me pointed in the right direction, even when I fought it sometimes…this album centered me.

This album is one song away from done.

 

Thank you to my producer, Jim “Moose” Brown for sticking by me, for leading and following me fearlessly on this labor of love.

 

And to my supporters, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me the time and the space to grow this music into what it’s become.  Thank you for believing in me, for believing that there WOULD be a completed album at some point down the road and being patient throughout.  And most importantly, thank you for allowing me the time to learn to trust myself.

  

I am so ready to work harder than ever to prove to you  I’m deserving of you. 

 

-RW

 

 

 

June 13, 2013

 

There are no words to describe what I'm feeling except to say that I am unbelievably grateful.  My cup runeth over ;-)  The last month has been a complete and utter whirlwind.  I have been between California / Detroit / Nashville consistantly for weeks, with HUGE things on the very near horizon!  I returned to Nashville and got to work on the new album with my man, Jim Moose Brown...bringing in the big guns, Miss Vickie Carrico and Scat Springs to slap on some straight up SOUL harmonies on these songs!  (Seriously, they don't even need me...I could listen to them ALL DAY LONG!)  Moose & I plugged away for weeks making sure that we had 5 songs available as a Fan Preview aka Sneak Peek to those of you that came to CMA Music Festival...and we succeeded! 

 

To chalk CMA Music Festival up as a success would definitely be an understatement!  I couldn't feel more rejuvenated! 

 

We took 2 years away from the festival and you all welcomed me back with open arms!  THANK YOU!  It felt like home from the moment they opened the doors to the Music City Center on Thursday morning.  We got new music in the hands of so many, I sang my ass off at numerous shows, and we were able to connect with fans from years past as well as make fans out of people we were meeting for the first time! It was such an adrenaline rush! 

 

I brought out the fishnets, teased my hair to Jesus, and loved every single second of meeting each and every one of you.  You have only solified the fact that I'm headed in the right direction and that this is truly what I was born to do for the rest of my life.  You have COMPLETELY AMPLIFIED my anticipation of dropping the new record in a couple months and kicking off our fall tour!  There's so much in store in the very near future that I could literally BURST with love & gratitude!  I haven't stopped smiling and singing all week and I don't plan to stop anytime soon. 

 

So thank you, thank you, thank you.

See you oh so very soon <3

 Nothin but love,

RW

 

 

 

APRIL 5, 2013

 

It's crazy to me how quickly life can change. 

You go on with your day-to-day, whether it's trivial things or whether it's strides forward.  We all get catch up in ourselves.  The music, the trying to pay bills, the defusing of drama, the "I'm not home long enough to wash AND put away my laundy."...then BOOM!

You're rocked.

 

Anyone that knows me knows that family is numero uno for me, always.  I don't know when, where, or how it was embedded in me, but I am like a pitbull when it comes to protecting those I love.  Anyone that knows me also knows that I worship the ground my 85 year old Granny walks on.  She has been like a mother to me (I'm sure my actual mother would share the credit with her) since the day I was born.  Her and my Grandpa were the ones that introduced me to country music.  When I was 2 years old, they took me to the Michigan State Fair to see the Judds open up for the Oak Ridge Boys.  Apparently I was mesmorized by the Judds' music, and from there on out, without fail, my Grandpa bought me every cassette, recorded every award show/talk show they were on, and took me to every concert when they were in town.  Some of my fondest memories as a kid was having him help fast forward or rewind those recorded VHS tapes to find the 3 minute segment of the Judds' performance during a 3 hour award show.

 

 

My Grandpa died in an accident when I was 6 years old.  My Granny has since lived alone, in that same house for almost 2 decades.  At a young age, I knew how important it was to be there for her and vice versa.  I started attending church with her every Sunday when I was about 8 years old.  It was a Penecostal-esque/Southern church, with the age averaging at 65 right there in the suburb of Detroit.  We had southern gospel groups come in and perform, revivals, old ladies speaking in tongues, and my Granny and I in the back pew every Sunday. 

 

 

When I was 10 years old, I worked up the nerve and walked up with my Grandma to ask Pastor Hayes if I could sing a song sometime.  And there, on that little stage, in front of that small congregation was the start of something that I plan to never finish :)  She has never ceased to be my biggest fan (aside from my parents, of course). 

 

 

Last weekend, my Grandma had a heart attack.  The reality of my world, my family's world, and the big world that this hard-headed, big-hearted 85 year old had created was overwhelming to us all.  I stayed up in Michigan for 10 days, sleeping in or beside my Granny's hospital bed with her.  To say it shocked the system is an understatement.  I wore that same mustard seed necklace that I had worn throughout my mother's kidney transplant a few months ago, and I trusted that God wasn't ready for Retha Mae just yet.

 

I'm happy to report, that my Grandma has since returned home. 

 

 

I share this story with you because if you're lucky enough to still have grandparents alive, I cannot tell you enough how important it is to let them know you're thinking about them.  I know it sounds cliche, and we read people posting on Facebook, etc. all the time to "tell someone you love them before it's too late"...but it is so true.  And you never get hit with that truth until it happens to you.  Don't wait for that.  Whether it's your parents or your grandparents, you're never too busy for a 5 or 10 minute phone call that will absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, make their day :)

For Grandma <3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty7w5J_fegE

 

Nothin but love,

RW

 

 

February 15, 2013 

 

A truly eventful start to my 2013 that can't help but keep me smiling.  A brief & redundant personal 'almost' trainwreck in January that was quickly avoided and then overpowered by such a surge of musical inspiration and productivity, I'm still riding the wave from it into February!  Always thankful for the fire to be lit under my ass, even when you think it's safe to sit.  I thrive on the unexpected ;-)  And I got some pretty badass songs out of it.  One of them being "Suicidal Heart"...listen at www.rachelwilliams.bandcamp.com

 

I hit the ground running in the new year.  Got into the studio with Kim Copeland & Kelly Schoenfield to finish up some demos that still needed vocals/backgrounds and mixing.  Songs I hadn't sang, much less even really thought about in a year or two.  It was such a theraputic experience to go in and re-live these songs, only with peace & perspective that I certainly didn't have back then.  Remembering the couch I sat on, the boyfriend I was pleading to with a heavy heart in the song...And on a few songs, how hopeful and on Cloud Nine I was at the beginning of a new relationship.  It was a crazy trip down Memory Lane, the good times and the bad.  And it made me SO thankful for those experiences that have brought me exactly where I'm at today, which is a much better place all around.  These songs are a beautiful testiment to the journey it took to get here.  Not sure if any will make the new CD, but I will post them online for your listening pleasures soon!

 

A week or so after that experience, I had another mind-blowing day with music.

We began recording the new record.

With Jim "Moose" Brown, I stood in a studio I'd never sang in before, surrounded by musicians I'd never played with before (most of whom I'd never even met before that day), and watched a few of my songs take on a life I didn't know existed.   From the first 30 seconds of the intro, hearing these guys flow into their own interpretation of the music, and allowing my soul to be moved on the first take...it was an experience I'll treasure forever.  It was, what they call, my "AH-HA" moment!

I am exactly where I'm supposed to be.  This music, these songs...my heart could literally explode with everything I want to say and share with the world.  And I feel like I'm rediscovering my voice all over again.  I'm experimenting with things I always idolized in my musical heros and it's terrifying and liberating.  Seriously, I feel both emotions at the same time, haha.  But I'm certain.  That's the difference.

 

Played a sold-out show at The Bluebird Cafe a couple weeks ago and debuted a lot of songs from the new record.  (You can watch a video at http://youtu.be/t-v-6gFY-SI) The response was overwhelming and made me feel invigorated with the thought of putting something out there that is soooo personal and truly resonates...No matter if 9 out of 10 are breakup songs, ha...we all get it.  And you feel my pain.  You feel my happiness.  It's so comforting to relate to strangers and friends alike on that level through music.

 

In a few days, I will blow the dust off my heels and rock out with a full band at 12th & Porter, playing even more new songs.  I'm super nervous because part of me feels like it's been TOO long, I will have forgotten how to move on stage, surrounded by musicians, and get lost in it, and make a crowd get lost in the rush of it all too.

 

But an even bigger part of me calls out my bullshit.  I've never been more sure that I'm strutting in the right direction, singing what I want to sing and flipping the bird to the haters.  I think I'll remember how it's done...and hopefully, do it better than ever better. ;-)

 

P.S.  If you missed my soap box sermon from yesterday, please feel free to check out my status from February 14th on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rachelwilliamsmusic or www.facebook.com/rachelwilliamsonline

 

Nothin but love,

RW



 

December 23, 2012

 

As I sit here at my childhoold home here in Michigan, the Christmas lights of their sad little "Charlie Brown"-like tree illuminating the living room, I am overwhelmed with gratefulness.  This year has been unlike any year I've ever experienced.  I feel like I say that every year but this one undoubtedly takes the cake...because this year, it was not about "finding myself" or recovering from yet another broken heart by some douchebag and writing songs about it...this year it hit home.  I told my Dad last night that the year 2012 was like "strength and endurance training for the resilient spirit".  And it was.  This year saw a broken heart & a beat-up ego with the daily struggles and misfortune of life.  But in May of 2012, everything changed for me.  My mother was diagnosed with kidney failure and I could not wrap my head around the thought of not having her in my life forever.  It was the most sobering experience to hit me.  Watching her endless doctors appointments, feeling the rollercoaster of emotions in what doctors had to say after each test, seeing her do dialysis 4 times a day...it woke me up in a BIG way. 

 

Then to celebrate my Grandmother's 85th birthday was something I'll keep in my heart forever.  Yet another reminder of how easily we wrap our energy and hearts around things that are so fleeting.  The drama is endless...give into something better.  My mother and my grandmother are 2 of the most inspiring and strong role models I could have asked for, and it was just the fire I needed to be lit from under me to get me to focus on what really matters and the gifts that God has given me.

 

After it was confirmed that my little brother (all 21 years old of him) would be the donor to my mother's transplant in the fall, I felt some relief and reassurance to carry on with plans outside of family.  Right around my birthday in September, I kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to record a new CD.  I'd been sitting on songs for years, with no real outlet to get them out into the world.  I had this vision of what I wanted the new record, the new sound, and the overall new message of my music to be...  And once I felt the "green light" in my personal/family life...it was full steam ahead with music once again, more recharged and inspired than ever! 

 

Having someone like Jim "Moose" Brown get on board and share in this unique, soulful, and emotionally baring experience made it all the better...he shares in my vision of blending my two homes, Motown and Nashville into one.  He shares in my desire of music that is full of heart, brutally honest, and makes no apologies for it's message.  The stuff I felt free to release lyrically and melodically was unbroken ground for me, and it continues to surprise me with every writing session.

 

In late October, we successfully raised over $15,000 for the new album and I was over the moon!  The outpour of love & support from fans and friends all over the world was so humbling.  With every donation, every email, every Facebook/Twitter comment, I felt more certain than ever that I was headed on the right road.

 

Less than a week after the Kickstarter success, my mother and brother were admitted into the hospital for the transplant.  To tell you that I was unspeakably terrified would be an understatement.  I wore a necklace my mother had given me the year before, a necklace very similiar to the one I remember her wearing all the time when I was a little girl...it was a charm with a mustard seed inside. 

 

"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."-Matthew 17:20

 

I wore that mustard seed necklace everyday for two months.

And I'm more than happy to report that both mother and brother are doing just fine.

 

So that leads me to now...

Yesterday, I received the heavy-hearted news that a friend of ours had passed away.  He was in a head-on collision on his way home to see his mother for Thanksgiving.  For the last month he fought with the heart of a lion but in the end, his organs just grew too weak.  It had been a rollercoaster...with good days and good reports, followed by turns for the worse.  We all prepared ourselves for what could happen, seeing as though for the first week or two no one expected him to survive.  I don't know why such things happen and lives are cut short, but I know that God must have needed him more than we did.  And that I cannot question. 

 

When I got the news, I was holding my 2 year old nephew in my arms and was told "Cherish this time with Nolan, he is the beginning."  How beautiful. 

 

So my holiday message for you all is that we may not be at the beginning, but we're nowhere near the end.  So make the middle count for all it's worth. 

 

I thank God for the peace and perspective after every storm this year. I am nowhere near the girl I was when I walked into 2012 and I'm so much happier with the girl that's walking into 2013, with an open heart and a limitless dream. 

 

Merry Christmas my beautiful friends and here's to a fearless 2013, let's make it count!  <3

 

Nothing but love,

RW

 

 

 

 

September 17, 2012

 

This is a HUGE month for me in many many ways & I'm beyond thrilled to take you along for the ride with me!  Aside from my venture into hot yoga and other detoxing activities (physically and mentally), it is also the month of my BIRTHDAY, my family is FINALLY coming to the South for a visit, AND...

 

THERE IS NEW MUSIC!!!  HALLELUJAH!!!

 

I am SO pleased to announce that there is a new record coming at you in 2012!!!  Despite some temporary personal setbacks over the summer, we are now moving full-speed ahead and my heart couldn't be happier!  We've waited 3 long years for this and I promise, it'll be worth the wait!  New songs, new studio, new musicians, and overall...a sound and voice you haven't heard from me yet :)  I'm putting everything into this record...my heartbreaks, hopes, family, friends, tears, my belief  that there's still time to create who you want to be in this world, bitchy ex-boyfriend vents, my ever evolving relationship with God, gut-kicking fears...every fiber of me is in free flow with this new music and if you've experienced anything close to where I've been in the last year or so...it's gonna resonate with you.  Big time. 

Also, I'm pleased to fill you in on the fact that Grammy Award-winning songwriter and Grammy-nominated musician, Jim "Moose" Brown will be producing this new record!  Jim has played on just about every big country record that's hit radio the last 10 years, he's written songs for the likes of Martina McBride, Josh Turner, James Otto and more...and wrote a little Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet duet that stayed 8 weeks at #1 called "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"!  Not to mention, he's been a part of BOB SEGER'S Silver Bullet Band for the last 10 years!!!!  I'M BEYOND THRILLED!!!!!

 

As exciting as all this is, this new record won't see the light of day unless...

I ask for YOUR help in getting these new tunes that are kicking & screaming to be heard out into the world!!  Find out how you can support this new project and genuinely become a part of the process in making this CD at  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rachelwilliamsmusic/wanna-co-produce-my-dream-record-heres-your-chance

 

In other news...

This just about sums up the last month of Ray Ray's world....

 

 

My brother is officially donating a kidney to my mother this fall.  Thank you, Lord!!  Mama's been doing in-home dialysis all summer long and doing surprisingly well with the process.  I was just up in Michigan a few weeks ago and took her to see two of our favorite singers EVER, Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples 4th row in Detroit...talk about mind-blowing.  So proud of my Mom, and of all my family...instead of letting all of this be spirit-crushing, we've pulled together like never before.  Love love love <3  Mom & Dad come down to see me in a couple weeks for my birthday and I'm sooo excited!  They haven't been down here in 2 years and I get to take my Daddy to see the Detroit Lions play the Titans here, WOOP WOOP!

 

My Grandma just had her 85th birthday a couple days ago.  Not only that, but she stayed a whole week with me here in Nashville right before her birthday.  Taking her to the Country Music Hall of Fame and hearing her memories of Roy Acuff, Patsy Cline, and Buck Owens were beyond inspiring...then to get to introduce her to Vince Gill on her last night here was just the cherry on top :)  I come from a long line of strong women...I hope I'm following in their footsteps.

 

Well, that's about all the excitement I can handle this morning.  Much love to all of you!!!  I'll blog again VERY soon for more details on the new CD!!

 

-RW

 

 

 

 

July 3, 2012

 

Happy Pre-4th of July!!  Hope that everyone enjoys their holiday tomorrow!  I've got my American flag outfit ready to go!!  Red, white, and blue jello shots anyone?  :)

 

A few things to report...

 

 

First and foremost, thank you SO much to everyone who has been keeping my family in their thoughts and prayers.  Your kind words of encouragement and support have been a huge comfort to me and I can't express enough how much I appreciate your love.  I am happy to say that ALL THREE of my younger siblings came back as a positive match to be a kidney donor for my mom!  Thank you LORD!  The relief we all feel is indescribable and though there's still a long journey ahead, it brings peace to know that there are options and that God is certainly a miracle-worker.  Hoping that the surgery will take place over the summer so needless to say, I'll be going back and forth to Michigan once it all gets underway.  However, I've never been so sure of anything in my life...God does answer prayers.  I thank Him for this blessing and this perspective.  I don't want to waste a single second of this time He's given me!

 

 

 

 

 

I will admit, some personal stuff that's come by way over the last few months have definitely affected me in BIG ways.  It's been a rollercoaster of change but absolutely necessary for growth.  Instead of looking at any of it as negative or hopeless, it has focused my heart on things that truly matter.  Family first and foremost.  And secondly, doing what makes you happy.  Clearly, this is music for me.  And I am BEYOND thrilled to kick this into HIGH GEAR all the way!!!  I have so many things brewing right now that I'm fired up to make it count!!  I've got some news that I'll be announcing SOON so please keep a lookout for it THIS MONTH!  Until then, enjoy brand new videos, demo recordings, photos, and show date additions! 

 

So much love to all of you!  Can't wait!

 

 

-RW

 

 

June 5, 2012

Good morning everybody!!  Well, I started the day off with a 6AM bootcamp class in downtown Nashville at Centennial Park.  What a way to kick things off, eh!  I'm pretty excited to tackle the rest of this Tuesday...who knew that being up so early would make you want to be so productive...?  Haha!  I hope this week has started out on the right foot for everybody :)

 

 

 

As we are all aware, CMA Music Festival time is officially upon us!!  Nashville has been taken over by country music fans from all of the world and it's such a crazy, fun, chaotic experience that I look forward to every single year!  A lot of you have been inquiring on my Facebook and Twitter about my appearances at this year's CMA Festival and I sincerely apologize for it taking so long to respond... I appreciate all the love and support and I know so many of you are very excited to be in town and hoping to catch a show or two of mine :)

 

As much as it pains me to say this and be the bearer of unfortunate news, this is the first year in 5 years that I will not be actively participating in CMA Festival.  Allow me to explain a little...

 

The last couple of months have been pretty rough.  Not to give you all the nitty gritty details (don't worry, I'm sure it'll come out in song form for a least the next 20 tunes I write, haha) but I've been struggling for a bit... 

 

Having said that, my mother was diagnosed with Stage 5 kidney disease in April and is in need of a kidney transplant.  Clearly, that is a huge blow to any family.  And anyone that knows how incredibly close of a family we are and how my mother has been such a HUGE support for me over the years, you can imagine how one would take this news.  Between trips back and forth to Michigan to be there for my family and so uncertain how the situation would progress, music has been on somewhat of a hiatus for me since then. 

 

Therefore, the responsibility of booking another big stadium blowout show, as well as other appearnaces, merchandising, and ensuring that I give you all the kind of CMA experience from me that you deserve was just a little too daunting for me this year.

 

However, I am happy to report that my mom is truly a resilient spirit and putting the most positive spin of this situation that one can.  It's inspiring and makes me so so proud  :) She looks good and is moving around and functioning better than anyone anticipated!  She starts dialysis this week and all of us siblings are getting tested to be a kidney donor for her.  We won't get the results for another few weeks, so please keep us in your thoughts and prayers that one of us is a perfect match!  

 

My most recent trip home to Michigan last week more than reassuring to my soul of what a loyal, supportive, and unconditionally loving family I am blessed to be a part of.  I am unbelievably thankful that God has presented what could be a spirit-breaking experience, but has instead used it to give me geniune perspective for this life in what truly matters and what isn't worth my time & heart.  This is what it's all about...

 

 

 

 

 

NOW, back to CMA Festivial....

 

I WILL be making a couple of appearances (and who knows, there might be a last-minute add on or two)!!

Tuesday, June 5th-6:30PM-7PM  Commodore Lounge (inside Holiday Inn Select)-West End Ave

Thursday, June 7th-8PM-10PM- The Listening Room (inside Cumming Station)- 10th Ave & Demonbreun

 

Would love to see anyone that's able to make it out!!  I'm sending SO much love to all of you CMA-ers and hoping that 2012 is the best CMA Fest yet!!  And don't you worry...there WILL be a BIG year ahead of me next year with a BRAND NEW CD AND A TOUR!!!!!  That is a solemn swear on my part :)  Hope to see you soon!!!

 

Nothin but love,

RW

 

 

April 3, 2012

 

I remember someone telling me once that the older you get, the faster time flies by.  So true.  

 

I just got word that a very inspiring man that I had the privilege of meeting and hearing God's word from passed away yesterday.  I He was 58.  Reverend David Foster was my first church experience when I first moved to Nashville right out of high school.  At the time, I had no friends and was so involved with the studio and music stuff, that I rarely had time to meet people outside of Music Row.  I randomly worked up the courage to attend church up the road by myself one Sunday morning.  It became obvious almost immediately that I had found a safe place.  I attended for the first year I was here in Nashville, joining Bible studies and church league sports nights.  When he moved to develop a new church in Franklin, I followed for the first few months.  Then I let convenience & miles keep me from continuing.  It breaks my heart that I didn't get to hear this man speak more often while he was with us.  

 

Over the last week, my family has also gotten some news that has rocked the boat.   We are praying that this health scare can be treated & everyone breathe a sigh of relief.  But regardless, it's been an emotional time.  It's been a time to reflect.  It makes me so grateful for the people in my life and reminds me how easily we can take them for granted.   I know that sounds cliche but it's so true.  You never know what you have until you're threatened with not having it anymore.  It's a sobering thought.  And it makes you realize that all the things you've been putting so much time & energy in have been fleeting things, temporary distractions from what really matters.  I hope that I always remember that.  I don't want to waste anything...not my time, not my heart, and not my talent.  

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter this weekend!

Look for new music to be posted SOON!!  ;)

 

-RW

 

 

 

 

February 6, 2012

First and foremost...

What did yall think about the Superbowl?!

To be quite honest with you, I didn't watch much of the game at all.  My Detroit Lions were out so I wasn't interested,  hehe.  However I DID watch the halftime show in it's entirety and thought that Madonna ROCKED it!  Please Lord, let me be HALF as hot & relevant when I'm in my 50's.  Get it, get it girl!

 

Well, this day finds me rather peaceful.  I have the house to myself for the morning, my two dogs are laying at my feet, and I've been in my downstairs bathroom recording work tapes for some of the new songs I've invented over the last couple weeks.  (I tell you, the acoustics in my bathroom are AMAZING!)  My year 2012 has certainly started off as an interesting one.  It's been music-filled, drama-filled, confusion-filled, and full of excitement!  I feel like the ball is rolling and I'm just thrilled with the motion, regardless of what direction it ends up rolling in, haha.  

 

Mark my words, folks you WILL have a new CD by summer 2012, that is a promise!  

 

There are some big ideas I have in the works and if they materialize, I will be over the moon.  And if they don't, well, then I go an alternative route.  But either way, at the end of the day, you will have music in your hands that I can be proud of.  The last year has been a labor of love.  I'm writing from a different place, a much more "I refuse to worry about what is too much and what isn't enough" state of mind.  It's refreshing.  It's rejuvenating.  And after 7 years in this time, it's inspiring me again.  ;)

 

And not to toot my own horn or anything, but I personally believe I'm singing/sounding better than ever.  I'm pretty sure that whole "growing/coming into yourself" thing they talk about is true, and it's happening.  And I'm fully embracing it.

 

That last couple of months have been nothing short of song-provoking.  People have shown their true colors and I'm absorbing it all, the good and the bad.  Some people change, some people don't.  Either way, I'm writing a ton of songs about it.  And some of them are even happy!  I know, I know...you're floored.  Me too.  Love is funny like that ;)

 

My dogs are wonderful.  They've been enjoying this RIDICULOUSLY warm weather that Nashville has been on the receiving end of the last few weeks.  Can't believe it's February and I'm going for a run in a t-shirt & shorts some days!  But hey, I won't complain.   I will certainly take an early spring!!!  The family is still crazy but happy, haha.  My nephew celebrated his 1st birthday a couple months ago.  Being up there for Christmas was just what my heart needed.  I will never be more in-sync with anyone like I am with my 3 younger siblings & the rest of my family.  I'm so thankful that I get to say that & mean it.  We are the most ghetto/Polish/hilbilly/dramatic bunch that's ever come from the state of Michigan, or probably anywhere for that fact.  I'm convinced we'd be WAY more entertaining than the Kardashians.  Come on, E! ... give us a shot!  Ha.

 

Be sure to come out and see us on Monday, February 13th at a cute & hip little venue called That's Cool.  This Ain't No Love Song Valentine's Show features myself and good friends Wyatt Espalin, Kristine Walter, Roy Davis & guests and starts at 8PM.  

 

Nothing but love,

RW

 

 

November 10, 2011

I love Fall.  I don't know what it is about this season...the weather, the leaves, just the time in falls in the year, but it's been good for me.  I'm reading, writing, praying, walking my dogs, and for the first time in 6 months, actually being ok with just being by myself.  The last few weeks have been good self-reflecting time, which I was way overdue for.  

If you would have told me earlier this year that I'd go through half of what I've been through, I would have never believed a word of it.  I feel as though this heart has lived through more in the year 2011 than it has the last 5 years combined.  It's been a complete and utter rollercoaster ride.  With all the highs and lows, I've been charging as fast as humanly possible through it all.

I'm finally ready to breathe.  I'm ready to be.  Focus.

I'm not there yet, but I will be.

I'm singing better, stronger than I ever have before.  Guess life will inspire you like that ;)  For months, I went on somewhat of a writing "hiatus".  Probably because I had too much stuff going on and couldn't make sense of half of the stuff spinning around in my head.  But now the pen and paper won't stop for me.  I'm inspired at every turn.

There's also a new studio on the very near horizon.  This excites me to no end because that means a lot of my songs will be finished up before the year's out and I'll be able to share it with you!  I've been having some very promising/productive meetings, randomly the universe is connecting me with incredible people and for once, I'm just letting it do it's thing and see where I end up ;)

The shows I've played have revitalized me and gained more fans (which is always a plus when you play in Nashville!), I'm excited for my sold out Bluebird show on Friday (it sold out in the first hour!!!), and next week I get to go to Michigan and get inspired in a way that no song/concert can do for me...

Can you believe that's my nephew?!  He turns 1 in a few short weeks and I can't believe how big and beautiful this kid is!  My heart could literally burst when talking about him so I won't...but I just thought I'd share this super adorable picture <3  

Well that's it for now.  I promise to upload lots of video footage from the show on Friday up on YouTube so look out for it!

 Nothin but love,

RW

 

 

MAY 20, 2011

 

My life is nothing short of insane at the moment.  

I'm on such a rollercoaster of emotions that it's hard to know where I'll land at any given moment.  However, I will say that I'm extremely grateful for all that's been thrown in my lap the last couple months...good and bad.  I'm learning so much about myself, sometimes it's disappointing and other times, I couldn't feel more accomplished.  In the midst of all this "growth", I also feel like I haven't had a minute to breathe in quite awhile.  I've been on a traveling frenzy here lately.  Between Gatlinburg, Detroit, Vegas...I'm ready to relax for a minute and let the "real world" set back in.  Good thing because I have A LOT OF STUFF COMING UP!!! 

Musically, things are chaotic and beautiful and stressful and "almost, almost, almost..."  I'm sure we've all been there.  However, it does feel like it's starting to pay off in some sort of way.  Shows coming up, working on my new album (we are 5 songs in, people!!), AND I'm shooting my FIRST MUSIC VIDEO SOON!!!  (More details on that later!)

AND...

CMA Festival is upon us and praise the Lord, I'll be back!  So excited to announce who will be joining me for yet another year at Limelight.  However, this year they've asked me to host the AFTER PARTY!  So instead of a before the stadium blowout like I've done the last several years, this time, we're taking the party to the extreme!  I'm excited and nervous because it's something I've never tackled before.  However, I feel pretty solid that CMA-ers will follow me into this unchartered water and throw down like never before!!!  

Also, I'll be performing at The Bluebird Cafe on Friday, June 10th during CMA for those of you 18 and under who wouldn't be able to stay out for the Limelight party, come see me there!!

Not to mention, for you local Tennesseans, I'll be playing at the National Moofest for 101.7 WLAR in Athens, TN!  I'll hit the stage at 2pm and the lineup for that afternoon is AMAZING and includes 80's icon TIFFANY!

Okay, well I better go now.  My dogs are deathly afraid of the annoyingly loud and disgusting cicadas that are everywhere and they've been outside barking at me since I started this blog, haha.

TALK SOON!  LOVE YOU MUCHO!

 

-RW

 

 

January 4, 2011

 

It seems VERY strange to type "2011"...where did 2010 go?  They say the older you get, the more time flies by.  I just figured that's what old people said to sound wise, haha.  But no, maybe I'm officially "getting up there" myself now :)  

 

I sincerely hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with loved ones and a fun & safe New Year's!  I got to go home to Michigan for a week and celebrate the holidays with some of my very best friends that flew in from all over the country and my family, particularly my new baby nephew, Nolan.  My poor sister...I harassed her each and every day since he was born (he was 3 weeks old once I got up there) to send me several pics via our phones every few hours, haha!  Needless to say, seeing photos and actually holding him are two VERY different things.  He is amazing and beautiful and perfect and untouched by the world.  That innocence is unlike anything I've ever known.  She's lucky I didn't kidnap him :)

New Year's was unbelievably fun and was rung in with a big old bang, Nashville-style!  I think I'm still recovering, haha!!

 

And nothing could have started my first "work week" in 2011 than to hear that a song I co-wrote made it's official debut on CMT yesterday!  The song is called "If I Run", by the new sibling-trio The Harters.  It's getting rave reviews across the board, it's actually overwhelmingly positive!  I'm kinda waiting for the other shoe to drop or something...  :)  The song is at radio now so be sure to call your local stations and request it!  It's also available on iTunes, Amazon, etc. etc. so download it today!!  Watch it on CMT here!

 

New beginnings.  Dear Lord, just let me repeat the year 2010 and I'll be good :)  Love you all!!!  -RW

 

 

November 13, 2010


The last few weeks have been so insane, it's hard to even wrap my head around it.  I feel like despite all the chaos around me at the moment, I finally have view of my "North Star" and I'm not taking my eyes off it.  It's been a good time, a confusing time, a "soul-searching" time.  I hear it's healthy to do that every now and then.  I'm in the studio doing some new stuff...stuff that is SPEAKING TO ME for the first time in quite awhile.  It's outside my comfort zone in a way, but it's not.  Does that make sense?  It is because people are not used to hearing me sing/sound like this.  It isn't because it's always been in me and it feels natural.  I'm excited for your ears to feast upon what I've been cooking up the last couple weeks.  November and December are my "hibernation months".  I'm just holing myself up, writing what I want to write, singing what I want to sing, working out at the gym again for the first time since my back injury, and just perfecting things so that the new year will EXPLODE in all things Rachel Williams!  :)

 

I'm going home in about a week for Thanksgiving.  Can't wait to see mi familia again soon...and eat.  A lot.  Haha.  Got some shows coming up that I'm looking VERY forward to!  It's been awhile since I've been in "gig-mode"...with my back injury, moving, traveling, etc. etc.  So needless to say, I'M READY!  Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and I'll see you soon!!  <3

 

Nothin but love,

Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

September 26, 2010

 

What a week!  It is officially kicking my derriere today, no doubt.  I had a spectacular birthday last week!  My actual birthday was spent going to my 1st physical therapy session since my back injury at 7AM, then a belly full of pancakes from the Pancake Pantry with my boy, followed by a fabulous cowrite/Mexican food & margaritas with my Vickie Carrico, followed by a wonderful dinner & drinks with 15 or so friends, FOLLOWED by the comedy club to see Dan Levy from my faaaavorite show, "Chelsea Lately"!  Friday was birthday outing #2 where a friend and I met our girl, Chelsea Handler at a book signing in Green Hills followed by seeing her at Bridgestone Arena and sporting her infamous "Coslopis" shirt around downtown.  Needless to say, I got a lot of looks that night...good and bad.  Then it was up at 5AM on Saturday (sweet Jeeez-us) to get ready to set up sound equipment and perform for over 3 hours for the Women's Half Marathon here in Nashville.  It was quite the experience, let me tell you!  Watching the sun come up as I'm singing and women are running by me definitely made me appreciate the fact that THEY are the ones running, my job was easy.  Met a ton of wonderful ladies throughout the morning and really enjoyed jamming with my boys and hanging out at an abnormally early weekend performance.  Then it was home to nap and get ready for BIRTHDAY OUTING #3.  About 25 of my closest friends showed up to ring in my birthday (and my boyfriend's birthday, who's is on the 29th) at my favorite East Nashville hangout.  We ate, we drank, we danced...it was lovely  ;)  Photos will be up soon on Facebook, so be sure to check them out!

 

Just wanted to thank everybody who wished me a Happy Birthday on Facebook/Twitter/MySpace...I appreciate you all sooo much and I'm ready to BRING like it's never been brought before, baby <3

 

Also, PLEASE don't forget to send us your venue/gig suggestions to rachelwilliamsmusic@live.com so that we can get it going!  Love you all!!

 

Nothin but love,

Rachel

 

 

 

September 15, 2010

 

Welcome to my first blog on my new website!  I am excited to "unveil" the new look of RachelWilliamsOnline.com!  It's a more simplistic look for now, but we'll jazz it up soon.  I'm more excited because I'll be having complete control over it's content, therefore, able to update you with the latest news, blogs, photos, and tour dates whenever they pop up!

 

Things are well in my world these days.  For those you that aren't a friend/fan on Facebook or Twitter, I've been suffering with a back injury for a little over 2 months now.  A ruptured disk in my lower back (don't even ask me how it happened because I have no idea!) will definitely put someone out of  commission for quite some time.  It's situations like these that makes you so undoubtedly grateful for a health body.  You don't realize just how much your back does for you or what all is connected/affected by your sciatic nerve.  Needless to say, this is an injury I NEVER wish to duplicate or see anyone else go through.  It's getting better...I'm able to move around and walk a lot better now.  I start physical therapy next week so we'll see how that goes.  I actually start it on MY BIRTHDAY.  

 

Gaaah, I can't believe I'm already another year older.  I don't know where the year has gone honestly.  I can recall every detail of this time last year and it seems like it was just yesterday.  I guess that's a true sign that I'm getting older ;)  I'm excited though.  I'm getting all my ducks in a row and I'm ready.  This fall/winter we are hitting the road!  Everywhere and anywhere that will let us play, we're there...and I can't wait!  I've got cabin fever staying in Nashville and I'm ready to BUST LOOSE ;)  So look for us and be sure to email us your suggestions on venues/events to play near you!  Send your suggestions to rachelwilliamsmusic@yahoo.com

 

Well, I've saw Brooks & Dunn last week, Wynonna was on Oprah today, I get to see Reba on Friday, and then to see my favorite comedian, Chelsea Handler next week!  Ah yes, September is good to me ;)

 

See you soon!

 

Nothin but love,

Rachel
 

 

I have kept the faith. I have fought hard.  I have put one foot in front of the other, despite the feeling at times that the finish line was moving further down. I have believed in a dream, in a vision with my entire being. I have kept my eye on the prize the last year and a half, despite whatever curve balls life and love may have thrown my way. I have come light years since the beginning of this process, evolving not only as an artist but as a woman into a whole new realm of confidence, independence, and empowerment. I have learned to stop apologizing for my dream.

 

 

From the “crazy idea” that the big voiced, redhead girl from Detroit that moved to Nashville to chase country stardom, only to pull a 180 years later and record something completely against the “tried and true” of Music Row, to a successful Kickstarter campaign, to calling upon a man I barely knew to produce an album that I could only hear in my head , to walking into a studio with the most jaw-droppingly inspiring musicians & background singers to hear them bring a life to my songs bigger than I could have ever dreamed. Every single person played an invaluable, instrumental piece in this puzzle and without one, I would not be sitting here with the music that I have right now.

 

This album has saved me repeatedly.

Keeping me pointed in the right direction, even when I fought it sometimes…this album centered me.

This album is one song away from done.

 

Thank you to my producer, Jim “Moose” Brown for sticking by me, for leading and following me fearlessly on this labor of love.

 

And to my supporters, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me the time and the space to grow this music into what it’s become. Thank you for believing in me, for believing that there WOULD be a completed album at some point down the road and being patient throughout. And most importantly, thank you for allowing me the time to learn to trust myself.

 

I am so ready to work harder than ever to prove to you I’m deserving of you. 
 

 

-RW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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