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Rachael Yamagata

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Rachael Yamagata (born September 23, 1978 in Arlington, Virginia) is an American singer-songwriter. She plays piano and has a dark, raspy alto.

A child of divorced parents, Yamagata divided her time growing up between her Sansei Japanese American father, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney and Harvard graduate; and her Italian-German mother, an artist/painter in New York City. Yamagata graduated from the Holton-Arms School for Girls in Bethesda, Maryland, and attended Northwestern and Vassar.

Yamagata became the vocalist for the Chicago funk-fusion band Bumpus, spending six years writing and recording three albums with the band and touring the country. In 2001, after having written a number of songs that didn't fit with the funk style of the band, Yamagata decided to take the songs and launch a solo career. In September 2002, she landed a two-record deal with Arista's Private Music and her self-titled EP, Rachael Yamagata Ep was released in October.

She also made an appearance in Jason Mraz's second album, singing a song with him called "Did You Get My Message?". She also sings on "Fireflies" and "The Believer" on Rhett Miller's solo CD, "Barfly" on Ray Lamontagne's "Till the Sun Turns Black" and "Let it Ride", "Cold Roses", and "Friends", on Ryan Adams' Cold Roses. She sings backup on six tracks on the Bright Eyes' album Cassadaga.

Her first full-length album, Happenstance, followed in June 2004. It was produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Ben Folds Five). "I Want You" features several members of prominent American Klezmer group The Klezmatics. Videos were made for the first and second singles "Worn Me Down" and "1963".

Her songs have featured on several TV shows, including ER , Nip/Tuck, Men in Trees,One Tree Hill, Brothers And Sisters and The O.C., to which she made a guest performance in season 2. Yamagata also contributed a song to Mandy Moore's 2007 album, Wild Hope. Yamagata's second studio album, yet untitled, is slated for release for late-summer of 2007.

The 2005 film Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, adaptation of a Ann Brashares novel, starring America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively features the song Be Be Your Love. The series One Tree Hill also features this song in their second season, 9th episode ("The Trick Is To Keep Breathing")



 


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