Rachael Yamagata - free live performance

Saturday, November 17th  3:00 PM

Rachael Yamagata has been called ‘the troubadour of heartbreak’ by the press and fans are drawn to her ability to ‘turn emotion into song’. She’s got the old soul singer songwriter essence that calls upon Todd Rundgren, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters and Elton John and sonically gravitates towards the darker stylings of Nick Cave, Tom Waits, P.J. Harvey and Danny Elfman.

She’s toured with The Swell Season, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, Sara Bareilles, Adam Cohen, opened for David Gray solo at Madison Square Garden, been the guest of Pete Townsend’s In the Attic Series, and shared the stage at Carnegie Hall with R.E.M. and Patti Smith. Recently she’s played with Steve Earle for a Woody Guthrie tribute show alongside Allen Toussaint and The Wood Brothers after her own headlining tours for the past 8 months throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. Her collaborations have included songs with Jason Mraz, Mandy Moore, Dan Wilson, Katherine McPhee and she’s lent vocals to the works of Rhett Miller, Bright Eyes, Dave Matthews, Ray LaMontagne and Ryan Adams etc. She’s played for President Obama and performed this year at the Cherry Blossom Festival with The First Lady as well as been the guest of the White House for a tweet dialogue on behalf of her fans with the White House Office of Public Engagement.

She spent her early years on RCA releasing Happenstance and then Warner Brothers releasing Elephants.. Teeth Sinking Into Heart, but chose independence of late and releases on her own label ‘Frankenfish Records’. She launched a Pledge campaign to raise funds for Chesapeake and reached her goal in 3 days thanks to a loyal following that continues to support her. She turned in a ‘dowry’ of sorts from her father to help fill in the gaps and even slept in a tent for recording when the house converted studio left beds to be desired. NPR, The Audio Perv, Perez Hilton and even Taylor Swift remain fans (she’s photographed this year with Rachael’s lyrics to ‘Even If I Don’t’ on her arm during one of her shows). The highly known photographer Jungman Kim of South Korea calls her ‘a muse’ and even featured a special release of her album paired with his photographs.

Rachel Yamagata reunited with Happenstance producer, John Alagia for her third album Chesapeake, the follow up to the heralded Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart.


Rachael Yamagata
3:00PM Music Millennium
Portland, OR