A Testament to Fearless Exploration: Singer-Songwriter & Keyboardist Rachel Eckroth
Rachel Eckroth is a singer-songwriter and keyboardist based in Los Angeles, California. Her musical journey has spanned over three albums, several projects and partnerships, and diverse musical genres — indicators of an impressive and fearless career rooted in exploration and experimentation.
Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Rachel’s father inspired her love for music from an early age. She played the keyboards in multiple bands before studying music at Rutgers University and the University of Nevada, and released her first debut album, Mind, in 2005.
After the success of her jazz/pop album Let Go in 2014, Rachel was featured as a backup vocalist and keyboardist for KT Tunstall and became the Assistant Music Director for the first Women’s March in Washington, D.C. in 2017. She has also been featured as a member of the in-house band for NBC’s The Meredith Vieira Show.
Her most recent album release, When It Falls, reflects and explores the new ideas, emotions, and sounds entering Rachel’s life after the recent passing of her father. The album features Rachel’s husband, Tim Lefebvre, a bassist and producer who has worked with A-list artists like David Bowie on his Blackstar album. This transformative album is taking Rachel on tour and beyond this fall.
Name: Rachel Eckroth
Currently based in: Los Angeles, CA
Originally from: Phoenix, AZ
Your superpower: Improvisation. As a sideman, I can also fit in a wide range of musical situations.
What are some of your hobbies or interests outside of music?
Photography and fitness.
If money wasn’t an issue, what is one thing you would love to splurge on?
I’d go on a year-long vacation to warm, tropical places.
What is a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
“No one will care about your project as much as YOU, so you must be the one doing the most to move it forward.”
“When Doves Cry” by Prince
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
I always wanted to be a musician. My dad was a band director when I was very young and he would take us to his classroom. I remember the smell of the brass instruments and I loved the sound of everyone playing together.
How would you describe your sound?
As a whole, what is the message your hope to put forth with your music?
That everyone has something to offer, musically.
Which artists are your greatest musical inspiration?
Sting, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Fiona Apple, Bjork
Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with in the future?
Do you play any instruments, and if so, which ones?
Piano, synths, and guitar.
Where do you see yourself 30 years from now?
What is a project you’re currently working on that you are most excited about?
I’m working on producing tracks where I play and sing everything from the ground up.
What has been one of your favorite performances of all time?
Opening for Rufus Wainwright at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. I’d seen so many concerts there and it was a trip to be on that stage performing.
What is one thing that you have accomplished as a musician that you’re most proud of?
I’ve been able to reinvent myself often [in order] to keep working, and [I’m] learning new musical skills all the time.
What do you see as one of the greatest challenges facing your industry today?
Being heard in an over-saturated market is definitely a challenge.
If you weren’t a musician, what do you think you’d be doing?
I’d do something visual, like photography or interior design.