Musical diversity has been a defining mark of Rachel Eckroth’s career. The singer and keyboardist grew up around Phoenix, AZ in a musical family, and she was already a well-known jazz musician in her hometown by the time she went on to study music at the University of Nevada (BA) and Rutgers University (MFA). Eckroth’s multi-faceted artistry soon led her to many wide-ranging musical endeavors, including her current roles as the keyboardist for contemporary jazz trumpet player, Chris Botti, and backing vocalist/keyboardist for pop singer-songwriter, KT Tunstall. She was also a member of the house band for NBC’s “The Meredith Vieira Show” and Assistant Music Director for the historic Women’s March that occurred in Washington DC during early 2017.
As a solo artist, Eckroth released her debut album titled Mind in 2005, a critically-acclaimed jazz trio album that positioned herself in the community as “a composer/performer obviously influenced and firmly rooted in the tradition, yet [making] her own statement in a uniquely elegant manner” (JazzReview). True to her form, Eckroth pushed musical boundaries with the release of her second album titled Let Go in 2014, in which she branched from her jazz foundations into the realms of R&B and pop. Today, her current pursuits include a combination of jazz, pop, and experimental indie rock, showcasing the diversity of Eckroth’s amassed musical lexicon and her fearlessness to make her mark in a large number of music circles.