Rachael Cantu is best known for her evocative blend of indie rock delicately infused with distinctly powerful pop vocals, gentle melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Rachael’s music has been widely celebrated by press including SPIN, Stereogum, Buzzfeed, Refinery29 and Rookie. This SoCal native has the whole package—it's no wonder she's been aptly described as "something of a mix of The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, PJ Harvey, Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones."
Rachael's career first took flight when she joined Tegan and Sara on the road as their opener on multiple tours. That lead to solo shows in major cities across the U.S. and Canada and additional gigs with such notable artists as Ben Lee, Kaki King, Fun and opening for generational powerhouses like Pat Benatar, Peter Frampton and a 2009/2010 tour opening for the legendary B.B. King.
Rachael’s music has been featured on TV shows Private Practice, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, Royal Pains, Shades of Blue and Degrassi, to name a few. Recently, Rachael, along with musician Harlan Silverman, released a studio project called "Little Brutes," a five song indie-pop EP that features irresistible melodies, infectious lyrics and beautifully executed instrumentation. Their song "Make Our Own Way" was commissioned as the theme song for the NBC/Ellen Degeneres produced sitcom "One Big Happy" and was accompanied by a music video starring the star of the show, Elisha Cuthbert.
Rachael’s third solo EP, Love Rush, was released in Spring 2018 along with the release of three queer themed music videos (see below). The record is a lush, evocative collection of deeply personal songs about love and loss. Love Rush reflects a shift into pop territory, which, in part, was inspired by her volunteer work with the Songs For Kids foundation, an organization that brings musicians into children’s hospitals to sing popular music.
[Official Music Videos]