Rachael Price

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Rachael Price
Lake Street Dive - Rachael Price.jpg
Background information
Born (1985-08-30) August 30, 1985 (age 32)
Perth, Australia[1]
Genres Jazz, blues, alternative rock, Americana
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2004–present
Labels Claire Vision, Signature Sounds, Nonesuch
Associated acts Lake Street Dive

Rachael Price (born August 30, 1985) is the lead singer for the band Lake Street Dive. She was born in Australia but grew up in Tennessee. She is the great-granddaughter of Seventh-day Adventist leader George McCready Price, the granddaughter of Hollywood actor John Shelton, and the daughter of composer and conductor Tom Price. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Price was born in Australia and raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee. When she was nine, she performed with the Voices of Baha choir with her sisters Emily and Juliette. At twelve, she was a soloist. The choir toured in India, Europe, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Australia. Price said that she had a large personality as a child and accepted every opportunity to sing.[3]

She was attracted to jazz at the age of five when she heard Ella Fitzgerald singing "The Lady is a Tramp". She recorded her first album when she was 17. She admires Bonnie Raitt and Nancy Wilson in part for their longevity in the music business.[4]

In 2003, Price received an honorable mention at the Montreux Jazz Festival's International Jazz Vocal Competition. In 2004, she was a semifinalist and the youngest competitor in the history of the Thelonious Monk Institute Vocal Competition. In August 2004 she made her U.S. jazz festival debut at Yale's Jazz On the Green, where she opened for Joshua Redman.[5] She won the 2006 Independent Music Award for Best Gospel Song with her recording of "My God, My Adored One" with the Boston Praise Collective.[6] She appeared in concert as a featured vocalist with the T. S. Monk Sextet.[7]

Lake Street Dive[edit]

Price performs with Lake Street Dive, a four-piece band with Michael Calabrese, Bridget Kearney, and Mike Olson that started in Boston in 2004. They were students at the New England Conservatory of Music.

With help from an award by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Lake Street Dive recorded In this episode..., their debut album in 2006, They started touring soon afterwards.[8][9] Nonesuch released the album Side Pony in February 2016.[10] Their previous album, Bad Self Portraits, was released in February 2014.[9]

In 2018, Price performed in a duo with Vilray, another friend from school. Under the name Rachel and Vilray they sing jazz, pop, and Tin Pan Alley songs from the 1930s and '40s.[11]


  • Dedicated to You (2003)
  • From Exile to Exaltation (2006)
  • The Good Hours (2008)[12]

With Lake Street Dive

With The Fundies

  • The Fundies EP (2012)

With the Tennessee Terraplanes

  • Refreshingly Cool (2008)



  1. ^ Aitken, Scott (January 21, 2015). "Life After Winning Back The Right To Release Their Album". The Music. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Tom Lanham. "Lake Street Dive Vocalist has a Wild Family History". Retrieved 26 Feb 2018. 
  3. ^ "Rachael Price". Brilliant Star Magazine. November 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rachael Price". AllAbout Jazz. November 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jazz Singer Rachael Price". Retrieved 26 Feb 2018. In 2003, Price was tapped by the Grammy Foundation as a vocalist with the High School Grammy Jazz Choir, and she was a semi-finalist at the Montreux International Jazz Vocal Competition in France. 
  6. ^ Independent Music Awards - 5th Annual Winners Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Oatman, Maddie (18 February 2013). "5 Female Vocalists to Watch in 2013". Mother Jones. Retrieved 26 February 2018. 
  8. ^ John, Emma (6 May 2014). "Lake Street Dive: On A Rocketship to Fame". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  9. ^ a b Wall Street Journal, 22 Aug 2013 WSJ online
  10. ^ Nonesuch Journal, 12 Nov 2015 Nonesuch Journal
  11. ^ Aaron, Peter (1 January 2018). "An Interview with Rachael & Vilray". Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  12. ^ "Rachael Price | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 
  13. ^ "Lake Street Dive | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 

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