Rachel Brown is a singer, songwriter and performer born and raised in New York City, with Ethiopian and Bermudian roots. With her guitar and ukulele, Brown’s unique voice combines sweetness, sultriness and vulnerability, enchanting the listener. When coupled with her band of talented African and Caribbean musicians, Brown’s music fuses pop, Caribbean, Hawaiian, country, hip-hop and world sounds into a captivating groove.
The multicultural artist and Harvard graduate, who is the daughter of Ethiopian-born wedding-fashion designer Amsale Aberra, She received a lot of instant responses on twitter, including from Wyclef who said amazing things.
Being an Ethiopian, Bermudian, Southern and growing up in New York has definitely influenced her music and even the eclectic nature of her band, which includes people from Mali, Madagascar, Haiti — most of whom she met on a Saturday night playing at St. Nick’s Pub in Harlem.
With no official musical training, Brown found her voice in nature. Her songwriting process—which started when She was 19 – consisted of grabbing guitar and learning how to play it while She wrote these songs.
Peers and established veterans alike quickly recognized Brown’s natural talent. She was the 2010 recipient of the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award for songwriting as well as a 2011 recipient of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Abe Olman Award for Excellence in Songwriting. She also received a very coveted showcase slot at the National Association for Campus Activities’ national convention, leading to a 40 date college tour.