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New & Noteworthy: Rachel Reinert

Taking the spotlight as a solo act and forging your own path takes patience, courage and grace. Rachel Reinert proves she encompasses all three as she enters the next stage of her musical journey with a renewed sense of self. She’s a Nashville trailblazer that’s ready to break barriers again, only this time she’s at the forefront.

Upon inking a publishing deal with an independent publisher, ​Rachel moved to Nashville at just 16-years-old. ​Reinert then worked on developing her songwriting chops, but things weren’t advancing as fast as she would have liked from a career standpoint. Just two weeks from leaving Tennessee – and her dream – to head back home, Rachel received the life-changing call concerning Gloriana.

“I knew It was an amazing opportunity,” she recalls of her 8 years in the group, “But I’d always envisioned myself as a solo artist – that’s where my heart really was. I knew the time would come when I would feel my journey with the band had come to an end, I just didn’t know when.”

When she joined Gloriana at 18-years-old, the country group shot to the top with instant hits, like “Wild At Heart,” and the platinum selling “(Kissed You) Good Night.” Gloriana won an Academy of Country Music award for Top New Vocal Group, an American Music Awards award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, toured as a hand-picked opening act with Taylor Swift, and performed with Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, and Zac Brown Band.

In 2015, after almost a decade with the band, that moment came. Rachel knew that if she was ever going to fulfill her life’s ambitions, it was time. She rolled the dice, walking away from Gloriana and the team behind her to begin her journey of becoming the solo artist she knew she was meant to be.

Dedicating two years to discover her original sound, Reinert is thrilled to announce the release of her debut solo single, “Cool.” A Southern California native, Rachel was influenced by the culture of Laurel Canyon, and she traced her musical roots to what she listened to growing up: Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Tom Petty and Neil Young, to name a few. Taking the time to find herself, Rachel worked closely with co-writer/producer Davis Naish to create an authentic sound she refers to as “California country.”

With “Cool,” Rachel Reinert plows musical and lyrical ground that is very close to her heart — words she has lived.

I wanted to tell the story of my first love and how our relationship evolved over the years. We went from this intense magical young love, to messy break up, to becoming genuinely good friends over time. That is a very difficult thing for me – to become friends with someone I have been romantically involved with, but it’s ultimately about growing up and realizing that those experiences are the little puzzle pieces in life that make you who you are. And there is so much beauty in letting go of the past and being on good terms with someone that you have history with.”

With a new single and more music in the works, Rachel is ready to re-introduce herself to the musical world with a refreshed sense of vigor, passion and gratitude.

Get to know CMTT’s New & Noteworthy artist Rachel Reinert

  • Current single: “Cool”
  • Musical influences: My parents raised me on a lot of the music that came out of Laurel Canyon in the 70’s, so everything from Fleetwood Mac, to The Eagles, to Neil Young, to Linda Ronstadt, to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I would say that sound and those artists have had a huge impact on my musical direction.
  • Personal influencesMy friends and family. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such amazingly supportive and wonderful people who constantly push me to be the best version of myself. No matter what I have going on in my life, they aren’t ever phased by fame or money (or lack thereof) and they keep me sane and grounded on a daily basis.
  • Music sounds like: California Country. I wanted to capture the sonic essence of southern California, which is where I was raised, combined with the impact that living in Nashville has had on me and my songwriting over the last 13 years. My lyrics are very personal and every song tells a true story that I have lived.
  • Why you should be listeningBecause it’s authentically me, and there’s so much honesty in my songs that I hope can resonate on deep level with others.

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