Rachael Cantu - Biography
RACHAEL CANTU is best known for her evocative blend of indie folk rock delicately infused with distinctly powerful vocals, gentle melodies and heartfelt lyrics. This SoCal native has the whole package—it's no wonder she's been aptly described as "something of a mix of The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, PJ Harvey, Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones."
Rachael's career first took flight when she joined Tegan and Sara on the road as their opener on multiple tours, leading to additional gigs with such notable artists as Ben Lee, Kaki King and Fun. In addition to solo shows in Los Angeles and major cities across the U.S. and Canada, Rachael honed her live show opening for generational powerhouses like Pat Benatar, Peter Frampton and she won over new fans touring the country with the legendary B.B. King.
Rachael Cantu's second studio album "Far and Wide," released in 2009, is an artistic departure from the brooding and moody sounds of her impressive debut CD "Run All Night" (Q Division) and highlights her growth, maturity and evolution as a rising singer/songwriter through musical exploration. Produced by Futcher (The Be Good Tanyas) in Vancouver, the captivating collection of ten eclectic songs with thoughtfully layered arrangements showcase her effortless stylistic versatility, which ranges from upbeat pop, forlorn folk, characteristically haunting pieces and splashes of everything in between. Standout tracks like the ethereal "Devil's Thunder" and touchingly contemplative "Make A Name For Me and You" have attracted the attention of Chop Shop's Alexandra Patsavas, who featured both tunes on ABC's Private Practice. More national exposure followed through a variety of TV placements, such as Pretty Little Liars, Royal Pains and Degrassi, to name a few.
Recently, Rachael, along with musician Harlan Silverman, released a studio project called "Little Brutes," a seven song indie-pop EP that features irresistible melodies, infectious lyrics and beautifully executed instrumentation. Currently being shopped around for placements and licensing, "Little Brutes" is a catchy collection of songs that instantly appeal. Currently, you can find Rachael back in the studio writing her forthcoming solo album, due in the not-too-distant future.