Rachel Zeffira

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Rachel Zeffira is a Canadian soprano, composer, and multi-instrumentalist currently based in London, England. She is also one half of the duo Cat's Eyes, the other being Faris Badwan of the band, The Horrors.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Zeffira was working as an opera singer and classical musician when she first met Faris Badwan of The Horrors. The two friends began to write songs together and formed the band "Cat's Eyes". The duo made their first public appearance at The Vatican,[2] where they performed one of their songs as a mass setting, with organ and choir during a service at St. Peter's Basilica. Cat's Eyes was signed by Polydor in 2010 and released their eponymous debut album in April 2011. The album received much positive press and critical acclaim.[3] During this time, Zeffira appeared in Vogue magazine,[4] and was shot by the photographer Ian Rankin[5] for the cover of Dazed & Confused alongside Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream.

Solo Work[edit]

Zeffira released her first solo album The Deserters on 10 December 2012 through RAF Records in Europe and through Paper Bag Records in North America. The title track was chosen for the trailer to the final season of the TV program Skins.[6] Zeffira received positive press for the debut[7] [8]and the album was listed in The Times top 5 albums of 2012 in spite of its late release date.(The Times, 21 Dec.2012) Zeffira has also received much critical praise for her live performances.[9][10]In June 2013 Rachel Zeffira was the opening act for Glastonbury Festival 2013.[11]

In April 2013 Zeffira made her American radio debut on NPR All Things Considered[12] and later made her Canadian radio debut with a live session on CBC radio Q with Jian Ghomeshi[13]


Cat's Eyes[edit]



  • "Face In The Crowd" (2011)
  • "Over You" (2011)
  • "Here On In" (2013)
  • "The Deserters" (2013)


  1. ^ Tucker, Rebecca. "Canadian opera singer, British rock star hook up at the Vatican". National Post. 24 January 2011.
  2. ^ Rachel Zeffira's Vatican connections/MTV [1] Retrieved 25 September 2013
  3. ^ Metacritic 18 reviews [2] Retrieved 25 September 2013
  4. ^ Vogue artist of the week [3] Retrieved 20 August 2012
  5. ^ Dazed and Confused magazine cover with Bobby Gillespie[4] Retrieved 5 December 2013
  6. ^ Rachel Zeffira for Skins[5] Retrieved 25 September 2013
  7. ^ BBC album review[6] Retrieved 14 November 2012
  8. ^ The Observer album review[7] Retrieved 14 November 2012
  9. ^ Times live review[8] Retrieved 25 May 2013
  10. ^ The Independent live review[9] Retrieved 14 November 2012
  11. ^ Glastonbury's opening act [10] Retrieved 25 August 2013
  12. ^ NPR All Things Considered[11] Retrieved 25 August 2013
  13. ^ Q with Jian Ghomeshi[12] Retrieved 5 December 2013

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