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Chesapeake

Rachael Yamagata

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Being fan-financed, Chesapeake lets Yamagata focus on the intricate pleasures of writing and performing songs that defy easy genre categorization. Elements of pop, jazz, and ‘70s piano ballads coalesce around a voice that would’ve been a soul star in the 1960s, a lite-FM presence in the early 1970s, or a disco leader by the end of that decade. Emerging in the 21st century, Yamagata has been left to flirt with alternative media outlets and styles that float and merge with little effort. She’s a singer/songwriter who can write sass (“Starlight”) and sincere (“You Won’t Let Me”) with the same convincing pitch. “Starlight” is the grand production number here, but tracks such as “Even If I Don’t” (with four minutes of excited tension) and “Stick Around” (with stalking bass and jazz gait) use arrangements that best express the tunes. “I Don’t Want to Be Your Mother” is an intimate highlight. “Dealbreaker” is a true showcase for her emotive range. Recorded with a small cast of talented friends, Chesapeake gives Yamagata’s fans their money’s worth.

Biography

Born: 23 September 1977 in Arlington, VA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata grew up listening to Carole King, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and the like, for music was the one thing in Yamagata's life that remained consistent. Her parents divorced when she was two, forcing her to find a balance between her German-Italian mother's apartment in New York City and the Washington, D.C. residence of her third-generation Japanese father. Such frequent travel readied Yamagata for a way of life that would eventually lead her to a professional singing...
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