rachael cantu

songwriter / composer / performer




Rachael Cantu is best known for her evocative blend of indie folk rock delicately infused with distinctly powerful vocals, gentle melodies and heartfelt lyrics. 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 the legendary B.B. King.

Rachael’s music has been featured on TV shows Private Practice, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, Royal Pains 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". Rachael is currently a topline writer in LA. 

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