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Rachael Yamagata
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Rachael Covers Bruce Springsteen
03-12-2009 | 0 comments
we covered this as a part of a tribute WXPN in philly was doing for the boss. they've got more at their site so check em out! this was no easy task, but just proves the beauty of fumbling. we had ... read more »
Tour Blog!
03-12-2009 | 0 comments
TOUR! Whaaaa hooo! 2nd leg. Brain fry for memory of first part which is why I need to fix my camera. Life slides by in great adventures with no track record of we did what?! And I said That?! Etc. ... read more »
Q&A With Rachael Yamagata
28-11-2009 | 0 comments
Rachael Yamagata released her critically acclaimed debut disc Happenstance in 2004 only to be dumped by her record label, RCA, shortly thereafter. Last year the singer-songwriter and pianist finally resurfaced... read more »
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Rachael Yamagata

Rachael Yamagata songsMost popular Rachael Yamagata songs (see all 52 songs)
1Elephants lyrics7,658
2Quiet lyrics-
3Letter Read lyrics-
4I'll Find A Way lyrics-
5Moments With Oliver lyrics-
6Parade lyrics-
7Faster lyrics-
8Even So lyrics-
9Little Life lyrics-
10Reason Why lyrics-

Rachael Yamagata albumsMost popular Rachael Yamagata albums (see all 10 albums)
1Chesapeake [2011]-
2Elephants... Teeth Sinking Into Heart [2008]-
3Elephants... Teeth Sinking Into Heart EP [2008]-
4Loose Ends [2008]-
5Live At The Loft [2005]-
6Hapemstance [2004]-
7Happenstance (Limited Edition) [2004]-
8Happenstance [2004]-
9Rachael Yamagata EP [2003]-
10Heavyweight Ep [2003]-


Biography
Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata grew up listening to Carole King, Roberta Flack, James Taylor and the like, for music was the one thing in Yamagata's life that remained consistent. Her parents divorced when she was two, forcing her to find a balance between her German-Italian mother's apartment in New York City and the Washington, D.C. residence of her third-generation Japanese father. Such frequent travel readied Yamagata for a way of life that would eventually lead her to a professional singing career. By the time she reached Northwestern University in the mid-'90s, Yamagata had one year of piano lessons and a spiral notebook full of songs under her belt. After pursuing a degree in French for one year, she relocated to New York to become an Italian theater major at Vassar. Sporadic changes loomed ahead, however. When her acting coach at Vassar moved to Barnard College, Yamagata thought she would go, too. She eventually opted to return to Northwestern instead, where she joined the theater program and befriended the funk band Bumpus during her junior year.

Bumpus was a mainstay on the club circuit in Chicago, and Yamagata soon landed a gig singing with the band. She spent six years in the lineup, recording three albums and touring the country along the way. By 2001, however, Yamagata felt her time with Bumpus had run its course. She had a solid batch of songs that didn't gel with the band's funkafied formula, and a solo career was soon launched.

In September 2002, Yamagata landed a deal with Arista's Private Music, and her self-titled EP arrived in October. Her first full-length album, Happenstance, followed in June 2004. Featuring production from John AlagĂ­a, who had previously helmed such albums as John Mayer's Room For Squares and Dave Matthews Band's Busted Stuff, the album's pop-tinged sound found its way onto several teen-driven TV shows, including The O.C. and Alias. Happenstance also endeared Yamagata to such musicians as Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst and Rhett Miller, all of whom invited her to perform on their albums as Yamagata readied her sophomore effort. Boosted by such support, she returned in 2008 with Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart, an eclectic release that featured both intimate material and PJ Harvey-inspired rock. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide
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35 Comments
08-01-2011 13:46 Chords
Chords
 
126 posts
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@ Duet (duet with Ray LaMontagne)

Why isn't this more popular?! The emotions are shining through everything!
28-12-2010 13:53 jonajager
 
258 posts
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@ Quiet

Not a great song. Could've have been better formulated
23-10-2010 00:50 idanosh6
idanosh6
 
2,898 posts
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@ Elephants

Wow,
What a BEAUTIFUL song!
26-07-2009 23:14 Kajhaj
 
15 posts
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@ Elephants

This is just beautiful. So beautiful. I...I mean...oh, just beautiful.
10-12-2008 04:22 aaawa
 
2,273 posts
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@ Worn Me Down

love it!
14-11-2008 20:13 Lady_Yui
 
15 posts
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@ Under My Skin

Love it!
great song
31-12-2007 19:29 Chabelis87
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14 posts
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@ Be Be Your Love

this song is so amazing!!

it's the soundtrack for The L word's fifth season...

makes me cry every time I listen to it...
19-04-2007 01:57 AshLAYY13
 
18 posts
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@ Be Be Your Love

omg. I LOVE IT. its soooo AMAZING.
and i can relate to it so its WAY COOL
AHHH.....i would give the lyrics a MILLION
if i couold. wow.
31-03-2007 12:54 chichi17
 
4 posts
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@ Be Be Your Love

Can somebody tell me where to download this song from? Pleeeeasee!!! I heard it from 'The sisterhood of the traveling pants' too and I've been trying to find it ever since.
29-12-2006 09:07 reeeeear
 
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@ Be Be Your Love

i can relate to this song so muuuuuuuuuuuuuch