Rachel Gavaletz

Rachel Gavaletz

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Rachel Gavaletz brings a refreshing mixture of jazz and indie rock to the singer/songwriter world.

Biography

Rachel Gavaletz is embarrassed to have grown up as a "child prodigy," but her mother (herself, a former touring and recording rock singer) recalls that, as early as age 2, she was playing two notes of a chord on the piano and completing the chord by singing the third! And her voice. Even as a child, theater and music critics couldn't help but be astounded--and say so in print, no matter what they thought of the rest of the production.

She has been performing professionally since the age of 8, establishing strong roots in musical theater (starring as "Annie" twice, and in "Les Miserables", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", "Anything Goes", and in Cole Porter's "Nymph Errant", which won her a Peak Performance Award nomination in 2002). She was a member of the award winning a cappella group, Out of the Blue and has recorded as a jazz vocalist and received numerous outstanding solo awards at the UNC Jazz Festival. Most recently she has toured nationally with the Denver-based a capella group, Groove Society, while honing her skills as a solo singer/songwriter, sometimes using the stage name of Kay Valetz. And all of this before she was old enough to drink. ahem.

With her love and knowledge of jazz and her taste for modern indie rock music, her songs are at once surprising and familiar--with lyrics like that phone call you get from a friend in the middle of the night that you know you just can't ignore. And that voice-- that powerful, gorgeous voice that simmers and burns and snakes through the notes from her piano like the voices of the jazz women she grew up hearing from the crib (from the womb!), many of them "child prodigies" at one time, too--it's her blessing...and ours.

All of her original songs are personal and true. For her, writing lyrics is communication, not only with us, but with herself, and with (and about) specific people from her life. It's as if we've found her crumpled letters never sent.

Lyrics

When All You See is Blue

Written By: Rachel Gavaletz

I woke up this morning alone
the TV flashing colors in the next room
I didn't have nowhere to go
So I settled for an old piano

and it played. . .
la da da da da da da da
la da da da da da da da
and all I remembered was you
and all you remembered was her

Things come and go, I've learned.
It's no reason to make a change.
But maybe you'll return the favor,
When all you see is blue

I've seen the sun rise, and I've seen it fall
I wish on stars on my own
But one thing I've learned, and I know for sure,
I can't do it without you

You can call me crazy, say I'm just a kid.
Say I don't know what love is.
But I've spent too many nights alone just wishing for your touch
and you can't tell me what that is.

Yeah, I've heard all the people talking,
How we're both better off now
But baby, I just can't forget it
I'm still in love with you somehow

And I know you're sick and tired of hearing how I feel.
And I don't want to feel it anymore.
But if there's never gonna be anyone like you,
then there's nothing worth living for.
If there's never gonna be anyone quite like you,
then what am I waiting for?

I Hate Peru

Written By: Rachel Gavaletz

I'm sorry.
I'm not that kind of girl, could never be that girl.
I just stick to the wall
and poetry.
And things I'd like to think I can achieve.

I'm sorry.
Does this bother you? I hate to bother you.
It's just that I was confused
by your closeness
and the way you stared at me.

Maybe there's a hell of a lot better.
Maybe I look like shit in this old sweater.
But maybe now's the time to forget her.

Can you see me? I'm kind of suffocating.
Can you feel me? Kind of breathing down your neck a little?
Maybe if my girlish charms weren't so out of whack, we'd be cool, but I'm ready.

I'm sorry.
Something's wrong with me. What is wrong with me?
If I was a real girl,
and cute,
I'd flip my hair and have you in the palm of my hand.

I'm sorry.
You're sick of apologies, well I need apologies
to say the things I can't say,
instead of just saying the things you need to hear.

Maybe you can't feel my body shaking
Maybe I can already feel my heart breaking
but maybe there's a step needs to be taken.

Can you see me? I'm kind of suffocating.
Can you feel me? Kind of breathing down your neck a little?
Maybe if my girlish charms weren't so out of whack, we'd be cool, but I'm ready.

Maybe there's a hell of a lot better
Maybe I look like shit in this old sweater.
But maybe now's the time to forget her.

Can you see me? I'm kind of suffocating.
Can you feel me? Kind of breathing down your neck a little?
Maybe if my girlish charms weren't so out of whack, we'd be cool, but I'm ready.

Discography

When All You See is Blue Demo-

Almost Superhero
When All You See Is Blue
Legacy
I Hate Peru
The Way Things Might Have Been
California