November 26th, 2022 7pm Stage 2
Rachel Grae’s music is the equivalent of a page ripped out of a diary. A self-described oddball, Rachel has a way of tapping into the psychological, cerebral, and emotional, but it’s her powerhouse vocals that set her apart from her peers.
Rachel points to Kelly Clarkson, Adele, and Demi Lovato as inspirations in that regard, but she invokes the youthful energy of peers like Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, and Tate McRae through her songwriting. Music is her way of speaking to people. She has always been drawn to vulnerability, and this outlet allows her to explore topics sometimes seen as intimidating or taboo.
Rachel Grae is based in the New York tri-state area, writing and performing with her keyboard. She can often be found on Instagram and Tiktok live, her openness tangible even through a screen. She’s often told that she has no filter -- but it’s something that makes her all the more relatable.
This natural rawness is a constant in her music. She is an optimistic and outgoing young person, and music is the way for her to look inward. It’s an opportunity to unpack the darker side of life, and a reminder that even the happiest young people have challenges. She wants to talk about things other people might shy away from and the things that make people uncomfortable — these topics, she believes, are the ones that many people in her generation feel, but sometimes can’t seem to put into words.
“I don’t care if there’s one listener or a million,” she says of her budding audience. It isn’t important to her how many streams or likes her work accumulates — it matters if it resonates with people. If her words make at least one person feel seen, she’ll feel like she’s done her job well.
Holden Miller doesn’t take himself too seriously — but his music is another story.
When it comes to singer-songwriters with folk and pop undertones, it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd, and Holden is up for the challenge. He creates music that holds a mirror to the experiences of other young people by approaching his songwriting without pretension.
Holden is able to push the boundaries of what a contemporary singer-songwriter can look like: through broad, often impressionistic interpretations of anxiety, the passage of time, and love and heartbreak, his music finds a way to resonate with a wide audience even beyond his own demographic. He explored piano as a child, but found his passion for guitar after being inspired to take up the instrument by his older brother.
Raised on the classic rock of the 1960s and ‘70s, Holden is the nexus of genre staples like Jack Johnson and Jason Isbell, intersected with more modern iterations like Alexander23 or Adam Melchor. The listener may find his clever lyricism sparking an epiphany once they realize he’s unpacked a feeling they know all too well, but in his own quirky and unique way.
Based in Los Angeles with roots in New York , Holden surrounds himself with a community of creators as likely to be found at house shows as they are to be playing sold-out iconic venues. He creates from a place of questioning and longing — sometimes even from the depths of existential anxiety – and his songwriting is his own personal form of therapy.
As his quickly growing fanbase continues to expand, thanks in part to an organic following on TikTok of people addicted to his covers and the samples of his songwriting shared on the platform, Holden is eager to continue sharing his craft with the world. Come join the party — everyone’s welcome here.