Women of Country: Rachel Wammack
This week on She’s in the City, we’re celebrating CMA Festival week and talking with one of Nashville’s up-and-coming female artists, Rachel Wammack. The Alabama native hit the ground running in the Nashville music scene three years ago, and her résumé has since accrued quite the credentials. She is not only a part of this year’s CMT Next Women of Country and Bobby Bones Class of 2019, she spent some time on the road with Brett Young and has performed on stages at the Grand Ole Opry, Tortuga Music Festival, Statecoach, and will play twice this week during CMA Fest.
Steeped in the roots of southern blues, Rachel found her heart for music as a child growing up in Muscle Shoals, AL, a long-standing recording hub for many of the greats including Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Etta James. She began on the piano at a very young age, and though resisting her mother’s request for lessons then, she still includes some intimate, raw moments showcasing just herself and her piano as part of her shows today. “It is such a huge part of my heart and a cool, slowed down, Carole King kind of moment for me now. I feel like it keeps my show authentic to where I started,” Rachel tells us.
Rachel shares much about her journey from writing silly, middle school songs and playing house shows for friends to being discovered at age 17 by a Sony Music executive while singing at the Marriott in Florence, AL. From her discovery from Sony to her biggest “Pay It Forward” blessing from a stranger who selflessly funded the making of her first record, the Lord left little to be questioned that Rachel’s path was leading her straight to Nashville.
Since signing with Sony RCA, she’s released a Christmas collection and a five track EP, with several more individual songs to be released throughout the remainder of 2019.
Even in the whirlwind of her past few years and budding career, Rachel shares encouraging truths with us about how she maintains health and balanced while on the road, as well as the power in staying true to the why behind her music.