Rachel Gaudry | Leaving Traces.

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Leaving Traces.

by Rachel Gaudry

Evocative piano, funky Rhodes, angelic voice . Finely-crafted pop songs infused with lush acoustic textures and poetic grace.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Take Me To Ride
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2. Song For Matthew
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3. Don't Push Me In
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4. Come Away
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5. When Fortune Has Gone Dry
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6. Sunshine In My Pocket
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7. Love Is What I Need
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8. Does Anybody Hear Me
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9. Loose Inside My Head
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10. Tonight
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rachel Gaudry delivers a fine balance of soulful lyrics and catchy melodies on her debut album 'Leaving Traces'.

Rachel is an Australian singer, songwriter and composer. She studied classical piano from the age of six and later started writing and performing her own songs. She completed a Diploma of Music in jazz performance at the Canberra School of Music and then moved to Sydney in 1995. Around this time, she sang in various jazz bands, but eventually went back to her piano roots, playing solo piano bar gigs and working on her songwriting.

In 1999 Rachel met drummer extraordinaire Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, James Taylor, Allan Holdsworth) and he produced her debut album 'Leaving Traces'. He also plays on the record. In 2003 Rachel released a second album 'Bright Window', produced by Sam Hawksley (also available on CDbaby.com).

Rachel has performed in the USA, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and her music has been featured on radio and TV broadcasts in Australia, Canada, USA, Spain and Taiwan.

In 2004, Rachel moved into writing music for film and theatre. Since then, she has composed orchestral and acoustic-electronic works for film, tv, animation, documentaries, theatre and radio. In April 2008, she graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School with an MA in Screen Composition.

Rachel is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Johnny Dennis Music Award and Australia Arts Council International Pathways grants. In 2007, she won a Golden Reel Award for her work as music editor on the short film 'Shot Open' and has been nominated for her music for the film in the 'Best Music for a Short Film' category of the 2008 APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards.

In October 2008, Rachel won the University of Canberra National Composition Competition.

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Karen J

A Simply Stunning Debut
The voice, the songs, the playing, the arrangements. Rachel Gaudry displays incredible talent and artistry on "Leaving Traces." My favourite tracks, "When Fortune Has Gone Dry" and "Does Anybody Hear Me" have haunted me in daily life since first hearing them. There is a rare beauty to her work and I cannot recommend this cd highly enough. Five Stars *****.
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Jason Macneil - All Music Guide Expert Review


The debut offering from this Australian is brimming with melodic soft pop and a fine lyrical vocabulary. Sounding similar to a variety of female singer/songwriters, particularly Sheryl Crow circa The Globe Sessions or the Beautiful South circa Blue Is the Color, Gaudry maintains a fine balance between music and lyrics, often becoming soulful without sounding forced or tired. On the Outside and Come Away capture the essence of the album's style, from the touches of acoustic guitar and piano to the rewarding down-to-earth vocals void of high octave theatrics. The ten tunes seem to dance off the disc as effortlessly as Gaudry delivers them. A lyric in Sunshine in My Pocket seems to sum up the album totally: "And I do love the music you play." The album should have many listeners saying the same thing.
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James H.

Charming and Inviting
A beautiful voice, solid compositions equal a very nice output. Charming!
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Norman M.

Thought-provoking lyrics, music with sophisticated complexity
Her song 'Tonight' has a that dark hue and melancholy that cut sharply against my perception of love as fireworks against a clear night. I am left with this poignant sensation of a unspoken plea for love that might not be. It is quite a feeling to be left with.
I don't have enough space to write about the other songs, but not a single one misses the mark she aims for. I am from New York City and I bought this CD simply on recommendation from a friend. I am very glad I bought it. I have had friends listen to it with me. Same conclusions. Rachel, heck of a piece of work, this CD!
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