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Rachel Whitcomb | Navigate the Pain

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Navigate the Pain

by Rachel Whitcomb

This collection of 5 original songs, influenced by traditional country and bluegrass, range in mood from melancholy to humorous to heartfelt, representing the essence of both genres. The one-take recording shows Rachel's ability to stand-there-and-sing!
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Should Have Believed You
2:31 $0.99
2. Can't Say Goodbye
3:57 $0.99
3. Tryin' to Quit Me
2:36 $0.99
4. Do I Ever
3:29 $0.99
5. Lonely Girl
2:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rachel Whitcomb has always been drawn to the emotional side of country and bluegrass music, where melodies and lyrics intersect in simple yet meaningful ways to tell heartfelt stories. Her songwriting and vocal performances are inspired by Lee Ann Womack’s vintage country and Rhonda Vincent’s masterful bluegrass. Her music is intended to make the listener feel…by sharing personal experiences that are relatable to many walks of life. Her musical sensitivity and stage presence showcase a sexy yet vulnerable quality that allows her to truly express the story behind each song.

Her recordings and live shows rely heavily on acoustic choices, but an electric or steel guitar can always find a place in the traditional sounds of her music. Her newest project, Navigate the Pain, is a collection of 5 original songs that were recorded in one take with all musicians playing together. Having worked in the studio for past recordings, Rachel wanted to more authentically capture the musical outcome that can only occur through the shared understanding and experiences of the musicians communicating simultaneously. “I noticed that when I listened to my own rehearsals and live performances with the band, those impromptu recordings harnessed a level of sensitivity that would not always come through when we layered each part in the studio. The communication between the musicians – the trading of unspoken musical ideas that can only happen in the moment – was one of the things that meant the most to me with these original songs,” says the singer-songwriter. The decision to record in one take, without auto-tuning, yielded a product that provides listeners with an accurate and impressive representation of the high quality singing and playing found in Rachel’s live shows.

Shared understanding through music and creating music “in the moment” are not new topics for Rachel. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Music Education and has conducted research focusing on musical improvisation. Much of her academic work has been devoted to spontaneous musical experiences in early childhood. She strongly believes that music of all types should be included in schools so that children can have an outlet for expression that is relevant to the music in their lives outside of school. In her own childhood experiences, there was a disconnect between the formal classical training she received and the rich country music she sang on her own and loved the most. Through her work as both a singer-songwriter and teacher-educator, she hopes to inspire others to unapologetically embrace the music they love and not be afraid to study it in and out of school.

Navigate the Pain provides an intimate look at the singer-songwriter’s personal journey. The first track, I Should Have Believed You, creates an intense driving bluegrass sound to match its powerful lyrics. The late Maya Angelou, award-winning poet and avid country music fan, inspired the song by stating, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” The songs that follow range in mood from melancholy to humorous to heartfelt that – along with genuine melodies and honest lyrics – represent the essence of country and bluegrass.

“I can’t get enough of this young lady’s voice. Not only is she great to look at, she is wonderful to hear, and she’s also smart. We’re so happy that she’s been a frequent guest on the Wheeling Jamboree. She’s a great entertainer.” (Dave Heath, President and Executive Producer, Wheeling Jamboree and WWOV Radio).



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