Music has always been an innate catalyst for Laura Rabell. From singing at the top of her lungs while driving a ’96 Chevy Cavalier in the Florida Panhandle where she grew up, to the first time she recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Rabell knew that music was meant to be part of her life. Although her 9-5 life in Charlotte, NC, was devoted to a career in marketing, Rabell’s desire and love for music didn’t go away. So she took a leap that so many others wish they could, ditching corporate America for Americana.
Since relocating to music city, Rabell’s proven herself worthy as one of Nashville’s rising songwriters – she’s got a song to sing, but more importantly, a story to tell. Rabell doesn’t shy away from exploring the dark side of life and love in her songwriting and is currently working on her first full-length album, Ghost Stories. Set for release in late Spring 2018, the album combines her literary depth and Southern Gothic perspective with the complex sounds of Nashville Americana.
Born down on the Bayou of Southeast Louisiana, music and dancing were always a sizable part of life for Gracie’s family- something she always assumed was “normal.” At the age of four, she and her family moved (back) to Arkansas to be near her mother’s folks. It was there that Gracie eventually realized her need to create music.
A wonderful, centrally located melting pot, this middle-of-nowhere existence served as the perfect blank canvas upon which to mold her style. Building upon the foundation her parents laid, from which Gracie took favorites such as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, and The Band, she found herself deeply drawn to the works of Texas singer- songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Delta Bluesmen Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson, Americana heavy hitters Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch, and sweet soul music, the likes of Sam Cooke, Etta James, and Otis Redding.
Now living in Asheville, North Carolina, Gracie is enjoying the challenges and triumphs of being a solo musician, and allowing this decompression time garner more focus on her songwriting. She does enjoy striking up a hot band, though.