This week on the Mid-Week Beat, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we want to say how thankful we are for all the incredible independent musicians out there. We are thankful that these musicians continue to get out there and make great original music despite all the hardships that go into trying to build a music career.
If you are an independent artist, don’t get discouraged if you haven’t achieved “success” in the industry sense of the word. You are doing something that most folks don’t get an opportunity to do: pursuing your dream. You do what you love, often times while working day jobs, raising kids and enduring all the other stresses of daily life.
Independent musicians’ undying perseverance is something to be admired. Many nights are spent loading gear in and out of venues, waiting around for hours during soundchecks, sometimes to only play to a handful of people. But if they weren’t out there persevering, music fans would never be fortunate enough to discover the musical gems that sometimes appear out of nowhere. Chances are your favorite artists had many years of hard work behind them before they got the recognition they deserved.
Case in point, Brown Paper Tickets’ own Rachel Wong. When Rachel isn’t working wonders with our digital marketing, she’s often found playing her unique brand of acoustic pop in local coffee shops, at community festivals or, sometimes, on TV!
Influenced by the late Michael Jackson, John Mayer, Lauryn Hill, James Morrison and Sara Bareilles, Rachel mixes a soulful vocal style with beautiful pop melodies. Her music is infused with self-determined passion and her unique perspective as an Asian American woman. This determination has helped her garner international recognition as tracks off of her debut album Curtain Fall can now be heard on radio stations in Canada and the Philippines.
Rachel beat out over 3,000 bands in the US to secure her top 12 finalist spot for Ford’s Gimme the Gig II Contest. As part of the contest, she was able to showcase her original music in front of Grammy-award winning producer Don Was and renowned sound engineer Krish Sharma for a KTLA TV feature.
Her sophomore album, Letters to You was released this past summer and can be purchased here.
In the following interview, Rachel discusses the independent music community here in Brown Paper Tickets’ hometown of Seattle, Washington.
We are certainly lucky to have such a supportive independent music scene here in Seattle, as well as incredible artists like Rachel. I encourage you all to browse our site over the holiday weekend and find a local, independent musician performing in your town. They are the voices of your community and through your support they may one day be the next big thing topping the charts.
Also, be sure to look for more from Rachel, we expect great things to come for this uniquely Northwest musician. If you’re in the Northwest and want to check out Rachel Wong live, be sure to check out one of her upcoming holiday performances:
Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 I Leavenworth’s Christmas Lighting Festival – Leavenworth, Washington
Friday, December 13 I Northgate Mall – Seattle, Washington
Saturday, December 21 I The Oregon Zoo – Christmas Zoo Lights – Portland, Oregon