Rachael Price

Rachael Price (born August 30, 1985) is the lead singer for the band Lake Street Dive and graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. She was born in Australia and 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.[2]

Rachael Price
Background information
Born (1985-08-30) August 30, 1985
Perth, Australia[1]
GenresJazz, blues, alternative rock, Americana
Years active2004–present
LabelsClaire Vision, Signature Sounds, Nonesuch
Associated actsLake Street Dive, Rachael and Vilray

Early life and career

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

Price performs with Lake Street Dive, a five-piece band with Mike Olson, Michael Calabrese, Bridget Kearney, and Akie Bermiss that started in Boston in 2004. All but Bermiss, who was added in 2017, 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]

Rachael and Vilray

Rachael Price and Vilray met at the New England Conservatory in 2003.[11] Under the name Rachael and Vilray they sing jazz, pop, and Tin Pan Alley songs from the 1930s and '40s.[12] Their web site says they performed 11 times in 2017,[13] 14 times in 2018,[14] including the Newport Folk Festival, and have 29 performances booked for 2019.[15]


  • Dedicated to You (2003)
  • From Exile to Exaltation (2006)
  • The Good Hours (2008)[16]

With Lake Street Dive

With Rachael and Vilray

  • Rachael & Vilray (2019)

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. Wall Street Journal, 22 Aug 2013 WSJ online
  10. Nonesuch Journal, 12 Nov 2015 Nonesuch Journal
  11. "Rachael & Vilray". Rachael and Vilray. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  12. Aaron, Peter (1 January 2018). "An Interview with Rachael & Vilray". Chronogram Magazine. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  13. "Rachael & Vilray". Vilray. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  14. "Rachael & Vilray". Rachael and Vilray. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  15. "Rachael & Vilray". Rachael and Vilray. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  16. "Rachael Price | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  17. "Lake Street Dive | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
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