Today we have a special post for you! We have an interview with Rachel Lipsky! Check it out!
NN: First, start by telling the readers who you are, and how you came into the music industry? What makes you stand out from other women in the business?
Rachel: Originally from Denver, Colorado - - from a young age I knew I wanted to be in the music industry, I was always involved in school and church choirs, locking myself in the bathroom to use a hairbrush as a microphone and the mirror as my audience. When I was 16, I got an amazing opportunity through my high school to open for Toto and that's when I first put my band together. I then got the bug and started making trips to Nashville after high school and fell in love with the path to bettering my performance, songwriting and meeting amazing people that were here for the same reason. In May of 2010, I moved to Nashville permanently and started taking workshops, writing with everyone that would say yes and played as much as I could.
I'm not afraid to take risks with my music choices and stage presence, I feel like I have a defined edge not only in my music but in the live show - I'm not afraid to get all sweaty and rock out.
NN: You have a pretty awesome list of people you've opened up for, Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Kellie Pickler, and more, what are some things that you have learned from those particular artists?
Rachel: My band and I always try to make time to watch the other acts, openers and headliners alike, we always learn how to better our stage presence, verification that the right songs are powerful & we watch how the bigger artists interact with their fans.
NN: You just recently released your single "Dancing' In The Neon". Who wrote it? What was the story behind the song?
Rachel: Yes! We just released "Dancing' In the Neon" and I did not write this song, it was an outside cut. Summer Overstreet, Bob Moffatt, and Clint Moffatt wrote the infectious tune. I had a few hundred songs pitched to me for this album and as soon as I heard the verse and chorus of this tune, I shrieked for excitement! I want to record songs that move me and I believe will move my fans as well. Getting to play at every venue, small dive bars and big festivals, my band and I have really gotten to know what moves our fans. To me, this song was a winner, it also breaks the rules about what people might expect from me as an artist but also what they might expect to be considered country. The musicians we had on the recording session were ridiculously talented. Russ Pahl is an absolute genius, he was on his pedal steel and started doing muted double stops and it was absolutely PERFECT -- it sounds like a computerized loop but it wasn't.
NN: As a songwriter, what is one song you wish you would have written and why?
Rachel: Hmmm, as a songwriter, so many songs come to mind about ones I wish I had written, but "Midnight in Montgomery" has always been one of my all time favorites it stops me in my tracks and gets me every time.
NN: What are your processes/habits for songwriting?
Rachel: As far as writing songs I try to write 3 times a week, I try to make sure we really spend the time and work on a song to make sure it is the best we can -- after all, we're only 3 minutes away every day. Sometimes it takes an hour and a half to write a tune and sometimes it takes months, but either way, I want to write songs that are great.
NN: What is one thing on your personal and professional bucket list?
Rachel: One major item on my bucket list is to sing the National Anthem for the Denver Broncos at tMile High Stadium. I have always been a huge Broncos fan and that would be an epic honor to be able to sing before a game. Plus, John Elway was my first crush ever and it would be amazing to shake his hand.
NN: If you could do a CMT Crossroads with any artists who would it be and why?
Rachel: If I could do a CMT Crossroads with anyone it would hopefully be with Tina Turner or Blondie, both were always blasting in our house when I was growing up and both ladies were a BIG influence to me as an artist.
NN: What are 3 songs you are listening to right now?
Rachel: Three songs I'm listening to right now:
1. "Believer" Imagine Dragons
2. "Slow Burn" Tim Hicks
3. " Making Me Look Good Again" Drake White
I am a HUGE fan of these amazing artists because they make killer music.
NN: Anything else you want me to share with my readers? What can fans do to help?
Rachel: I recently won the Nashville Hard Rising Competition and I am so blessed to have such amazing fans that helped us get to where we are. If your readers could follow me on Spotify and subscribe to my YouTube channel I would greatly appreciate it, we are picking winers in the next 4 weeks for a chance to win a signed cd.
Rachel, thanks so much for taking time to answer my questions! Make sure you follow Rachel on social media at the links below:
TW & IG: @RachelLipsky
Check out, and buy her music on outlets listed:
Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google Play