R&B singer/songwriter Rachel Palumbo was born in the Queen City, Buffalo, New York. Growing up listening to a variety of music has created "culture" and echoed the melody of soul into her life. Upon being inspired by many different artists ranging from old school legends BB King and Aretha Franklin, to new age singers such as Alicia Keys and Joss Stone, Rachel's inner artist blossomed. "Since age 3, I have always had a strong desire to sing. I knew it was destined to be. Music is what drives me and what fuels my life. I enjoy listening to all types of music. Because I have been turned on to many types of music, I can adapt and sing on almost any type of track. Blues music was introduced to me about 7 years ago. I stumbled upon an old BB King album and the rest is history. I was intrigued by the genuine sound of his music and his voice. As I learned more about the blues and R&B, I found myself relating to it on many levels. Above all else, I want to be the type of artist that inspires people."-Rachel Palumbo Rachel has performed/auditioned at many venues ranging from local talent showcases, clubs and black tie affairs to American Idol. In 2008 her song 'Take Notes' featuring Mandie, held the number 1 spot on Buffalo's Hip-Hop and R&B radio station 93.7WBLK. This 5 week stretch at 1 granted her the opportunity to open for national recording artist, RayJ in May of 2008. In 2009 her emotionally driven song "Last Tear", written for those experiencing long distance relationships, held the 1 spot again for 5 weeks on Buffalo's hip-hop and R&B station 93.7 WBLK. These two successes awarded her nominations for "Female R&B Artist of the Year" and "Single of the Year" in Upstate New York at the 2009 Unsigned Hype Music Awards. Ultimately, Rachel won the 'Female R&B Artist of the Year' award. Another recent success includes placing 3rd in Showtime at The Apollo's Amateur Night in Harlem, New York. In late 2008, Rachel placed 2nd in the U. S. Army's Operation Rising Star National Singing Competition in Texas. Rachel has what it takes to succeed in this industry. With her drive and determination, she is destined to make it happen. Her versatility in music has opened doors for great collaborations. She sings and writes R&B and soul tracks while also dabbling in the hip hop genre. Every step in music is a step in the right direction. In Rachel's words, "with an open mind and soulful melody, anything is possible".
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