Musical diversity has been a defining mark of Rachel Eckroth’s career. The singer and keyboardist grew up in a musical family in Phoenix, AZ and 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).
By the time she made her way to the New York City music scene, Eckroth’s multi-faceted artistry would soon lead her to a wide range of musical endeavors including her 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 2017 Women’s March in Washington DC. Rachel Eckroth is currently the keyboardist for Rufus Wainwright as well as the supporting act for Wainwright’s current All These Poses Anniversary Tour and will be performing with him around the world through May of 2019.
As a solo artist, Rachel Eckroth released her debut album titled Mind in 2005, a critically-acclaimed jazz trio album that positioned her 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 form, Eckroth once again pushed musical boundaries with the release of her second album titled Let Go in 2014 in which she branched off from her jazz foundations into the realms of R&B and pop.
Today, her musical direction includes a combination of jazz, pop, and experimental indie rock which she fuses for a distinctly fresh approach on her most recent album, the October 2018 release, When It Falls. The album showcases the diversity of Eckroth’s considerable musical lexicon and her fearlessness as she makes her mark in a wide range of music circles. This bold and innovative approach combined with meticulous musicianship drew a number of musical greats to the project and features, among others, bassist/producer Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’/Tedeschi Trucks Band), guitarists Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band) and Doyle Bramhall II (Eric Clapton, Roger Waters) and drummers Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple), Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, David Byrne) and Gary Novak (George Benson, Alanis Morissette). When It Falls has been described as, “A lush soundscape of incredibleness from start to finish…her writing abilities are surpassed only by her amazing voice.” (Indie Voice Blog)
New Album When It Falls
"When It Falls is Eckroth’s most endearing album yet, an exploration that leaves listeners rejuvenated and eager for more." — Caitlin Rockett, Boulder Weekly
“...the lyrics are a planetary force, creating a sort of emotional gravity that pulls you in and grounds you.” — Caitlin Rockett, Boulder Weekly
Rachel Eckroth, The TVD First Date — The Vinyl District
Rachel Eckroth: “When It Falls” Album Review — Innocent Words
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