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Rachael Yamagata

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 Alagía, 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 & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Someone gave my mom Happenstance and I thought I would listen cause her name sounded cool, it was a good move
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very unique and lovely voice
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kind of bizarre you dont hear about her music more!
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silverskull. 2 2
Over and Over...love this song.
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Gorgeous
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yvettesalter 4
Very nice music...
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the man singing with her is Ray LaMontagne.
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steveandlaur a 7 1 8 9
what is this fiona clone doing on my music huh pandora
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this is a duet for those that think that its a man's voice that is hers
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Her voice sounds deep almost like a man tone . But the song is great.
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soothing.... .
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aveamora
Longtime Pandora favorite.
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lucyaces
third generation Japanese??? Nonsensical. Do you perhaps mean third generation Japanese-Ame r i c a n ?
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steveandlaur a 7 1 8 9
fiona apple, fiona apple fiona apple shameless copycat. fiona is writing her own songs .
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johnmully
Love her voice, her songwriting and yes she is gorgeous too! She is awesome live from what i've seen on youtube. Found her on pandora through fine frenzy which i found through ingrid michaelson through sara bareilles!
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banuelos_ros a
I heard one of her songs in some indie Sundance Channel flick, and I have come to really enjoy many of her songs.
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this is life baby
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richreidjr
my favorite songs are Horizon, Sunday Afternoon, Reason Why
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muln8
I don't listen to local radio anymore-the music on Pandora is stellar. Rachael Yamagata is an example of great talent that the radio never plays. American audiencws are being treated to a whole wonderful range of new artists through your station. Thank you. Noreen
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She's great in concert, too!
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ajgilfilen
I like her voice... gravelly and sexy.
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mmagick
Enjoyed her since 2004 on CD, Live concert in Phoenix AZ on Nov. 30 now on Pandora on my Roku, ROCK ON ROKU & PANDORA, Rachel is one of my favs.
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just heard her for the first time....reaa l l l l l y got my attention!!! looked Elephants-- up on Itunes...... h e y , that sounds very, very, f**king awesome!! thanx Pandora , you just made a sale!!
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I'm glad that Pandora got her music up here!!!!!!!! ! !
She is amazing!!!!! ! ! ! :)
better than all that KESHA crap... this is music at its fullest!!!!
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PANDORA... please add her Chesapeake album!!
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smartseagull
... hey eeyy ...
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rawness very real
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Very Nice :)
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peaceful, nice sound for a quiet moment for yourself. love her!
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dsr1rlf
I've listened to her for 6 years. She is absolutely stunning.
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beautiful! her voice is amazing and her songs are catchy and fun to listen to...why is she not a huge star?
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brandijoj
she sounds just like sara b. I like her...
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love.....she is so haunting.... . . I can't get enough
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she is marvelous - with you ..cant believe more peps dont know her music...
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cconchelos
Why is this girl not famous??? She is fantastic
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sounds like madeline peyroux
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love her, saw her play live at thirtieth sts tation in philly two years ago..... <3 great gal!
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jonkelly8
Pretty Good. Would to hear more.
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will.sain
hot
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how pretty :)
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love her voice.
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Pretty good. Thanks Pandora
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crownoverj6
First time I've heard her. Nice . . .
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Yeah, she's great.
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like? It's more LOVE!
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Love her...the desperation in her voice drives me nuts!
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Love! Whenever I am overwhelmed by my emotions, I know I have a friend in Rachael. :) She continues to soundtrack my life!!
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I've begun to like her the more I listen to her

P.S- @ Bard Kayna Ashevron why are you listening to your ipod when you have pandora up? Just a question
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ebridges422
is there a love button for an artist? there should be for her
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ebridges422
wow
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