I recently interviewed Rachel Fine, a singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY who has a lot to celebrate about 2010. Not only did she sign a record deal with Sunset Records, she recently launched the world-wide release her debut CD, Own Your Own. Of course Rachel provides the lovely neo-soul vocals for the CD, but she also wrote all the lyrics including the title track. I’ve often read that people whose names begin with the letter R share the passion that resonates from the red-blooded and romantic opening letter of their name. Rachel definitely fits in this category, imbuing passion into every step of her musical career.
Music has been a big part of Rachel’s life beginning in her childhood. It’s true for anyone pursuing a dream; taking a passion, like music, and turning it into a career is both inspiring and daunting all at the same time. It requires dedication, fortitude, and a lot of self confidence. Rachel said about her decision to go for her dream, “At some point in your life you’ve gotta go big or go home.” She reached this realization two years ago and it was then that she began producing her own album which she later titled “Own Your Own.”
The album title says a lot about Rachel. She said, “I liked that sense of stepping into yourself and I felt ‘Own Your Own’ kind of encapsulated that.”
As a child Rachel endured endless teasing from other kids about her last name, Fine. It must be common of anyone whose last name is a word with an alternate meaning. She said kids would taunt her with made-up middle names such as, “Imso” or “Paysanoverduelibrary.” She also went through a phase where she experimented with creative spellings of her first name. All in all, she likes her name (and its spelling) and feels like it has been a part of the tapestry of her life. A life of pursuing and realizing amazing dreams.
You can learn more about her music including listening to excerpts on the Rachel Fine website. For now, enjoy this podcast interview with Rachel about her name.
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