Rachel Kays

Rachel Kays

 Round Rock, Texas, USA
BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Take a little grit from the Gulf Coast, mix in some Hill Country folksiness and West Texas independence, bake in the Central Texas heat for 17 years, and top with Austin originality. Recipe yields one unique singer/songwriter, delighting listeners with her own flavor of music everywhere she goes.

Biography

Not many three-year-olds tell their parents exactly what they were born to do and then fulfill that statement by the age of 16. Rachel Kays has sung since she figured out how to make sounds, was re-arranging 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' at age 3, and released her first EP of original music on her 16th birthday. Just six months later, her debut full-length album, NATURAL was released on 5/11/11, and its eleven tracks show the diversity of Rachel's style, her incredible vocals, and the youthful innocence of her lyrics that listeners of all ages enjoy.

Rachel has already entertained tens of thousands of people in her 17 years. From singing the National Anthem before crowds upwards of 14,000 to impromptu concerts for friends and family, she has never shied away from the spotlight, making the front page of her hometown newspaper twice before she was 12 years old. It wasn't until she got her first acoustic guitar at the age of 14, however, that she realized she had a knack for composing as well as performing. Inspired by artists who write their own music like Tracy Chapman, Taylor Swift, and Alanis Morrissette, Rachel wrote 35 songs in one year and began seriously working to make her first recording projects a reality.

Rachel has been accepted as an ASCAP Composer and performed at the Nashville Palace in the Music City USA Showcase in Nashville, TN during CMA Fest 2011. She has also performed at the Hutto Olde Tyme Days Festival and has started doing shows at venues around Texas - either as a solo artist or with her band. Her sound is unique, yet her themes are familiar to many, paving the way for a long and successful career doing what she loves to do.

Lyrics

When You Were Mine

Written By: Rachel Kays

Walkin' 'round my old hometown
Memories come alive again
Sittin' on that picnic table
Wishin' this would never end
But time changes everyone
And I know what's done is done
You're not coming back this time

CHORUS
I took a chance
I let you inside
I don't regret it.
I had a lot to learn
and nothin' to hide
I took a chance
I let you inside
I don't regret it.
I just wish that I could
run back to the time
when you were mine

I remember the first time
you called me your shining star
Or the time you walked me home
'cause I was afraid of the dark
But time changes everyone
and I know what's done is done
You're not coming back this time

CHORUS

Memories broken
Words left unspoken
There's nothin' here for me
I shouldn't have come back
I can't change the past
I should have seen

CHORUS

Walkin' round my old hometown
Memories come alive again
Sittin' on that picnic table
Wishin' this would never end

Rachel Kays, ASCAP
Copyright 2010, Managed by Blazing Indigo Music, ASCAP
All rights reserved.

Natural

Written By: Rachel Kays

Tonight I'll make a wish in your eyes
'Cause they shine brighter than the stars in the sky
Tonight I'll get lost in your smile
Let our hearts be our guide
Tonight I'm gonna say what I'm feelin'
Tonight I'm gonna kiss you and mean it
Tonight I'm gonna write you a love song
And I might sing it wrong

CHORUS
But it feels so natural to be in your arms
My favorite sound is the beat of your heart
It's like slow motion, frozen right where we are
Each step we take is a brand new start
And I like it
Oooh, I like it

Never thought that it would be this easy
To find someone who would love me for me
Never thought you'd pop right out of my dreams
I found my Prince Charming
Never thought that I would have it all
Never thought you'd catch me when I fall
Never thought I'd write you a love song
And you might sing along

Repeat Chorus Twice

Tonight I'll make a wish in your eyes
'Cause they shine brighter than the stars in the sky

--Rachel Kays, ASCAP
Copyright 2011, Managed by Blazing Indigo Music, ASCAP
All rights reserved.

My Answer

Written By: Rachel Kays

It's a new day in a new month of a new year
No troubles or worries, no fears
You rode into my life like a shining white knight
And I fell for you at first glance
Here we go, this is it - my last chance
Last song of the night, but I just can't
Took my hand & I blush at the feel of your touch
As you ask me 'Might I have this dance?'

CHORUS
My answer's yes
I've been waitin' for you
Yes, 'Cause this love is true
You're everything I ever dreamed of
And Darlin' I've fallen in love with you

It's the first date and I can't wait
You'll be here soon
Sweep me away
By the light of the moon
We gaze up at the stars
Like dreams in the dark
And your eyes are the brightest blue
Got me home right on time before ten
No need for the 'Where have you been?'s
Then you lean into me
And we kiss tenderly
And you ask 'Can I see you again?'

CHORUS

Five years pass by
I'm still callin' you mine
And you'll get down on one knee
And I'll start to tear up
And my head starts to rush
As you ask 'Will you marry me?

REPEAT CHORUS TWICE

--Rachel Kays, ASCAP
Copyright 2011, Managed by Blazing Indigo Music, ASCAP
All rights reserved.

Still in Love with You

Written By: Rachel Kays

I'm still head over heels, Darlin'
Don't you see?
Do you still listen to our song,
'You and Me'?
'Cause I know I do
I still think of you
Do you remember the day
When we very first met?
I was singin' karaoke
You were talkin' with your friends
And you looked at me
Then you changed suddenly

CHORUS
You threw me out, now baby I am stranded
Made my heart sink faster than Titanic
Took our love and you took it all for granted
What am I supposed to do?
You threw me out, now baby I am stranded
Made my heart sink faster than Titanic
Took our love and you took it all for granted
What am I supposed to do?
When I'm still in love with you

Take a look at me now
See what you've done
Used to be on top,
Used to be number one
And now I'm broken,
Broken
Didn't send me a signal
Didn't send me a sign
You didn't even have the nerve
To say goodbye
You just ran away
No you didn't stay

CHORUS

All is forgiven
No regrets
The past is the past
And you can't look back
Oh, but honey, you just changed it all so fast
Wish I would have known that

CHORUS

Still in love with you
Still in love with you....repeat to fade out

--Rachel Kays, ASCAP
Copyright 2011, Managed by Blazing Indigo Music, ASCAP
All rights reserved.

Girls Like You

Written By: Rachel Kays

I don't go out there lookin' for trouble
But it finds me anyway
Even when I'm doin' good
You'll find somethin' to say
Girls like you
Got nothin' better to do
Than to watch every move I make
So step on up and take a front row seat
And listen to what I say

CHORUS
I know your type
I know what you do
Tryin' to get inside my mind
I know girls like you
Act all sweet and kind
Girl, I see straight through
Your sick, twisted lies
Honey, I know girls like you

I'm only human and I make mistakes
I'll be the first one to admit
I'm not perfect by any means
But can you name someone that is?
What gives you the right
To put me in the spotlight?
Do you know who you're messin' with?
Now it's easy to see
You're just jealous of me
'Cause you can't drop a beat like this

CHORUS

They never, ever change
Talk behind your back
And smile right to your face
Girls like you
Girls like, girls like you, whoa

Oh...drop it

Instrumental

REPEAT CHORUS TWICE

--Rachel Kays, ASCAP
Copyright 2011, Managed by Blazing Indigo Music, ASCAP
All rights reserved.

Discography

Sweet 16 - Debut EP (released on Bar K Records, 11/14/10; all songs written and performed by Rachel Kays):
Track 1: When You Were Mine
Track 2: Left Me Hanging
Track 3: Butterflies and Nursery Rhymes

Natural - Debut Album (released on Bar K Records, 5/11/11; all songs written and performed by Rachel Kays):
Track 1: When You Were Mine
Track 2: Natural
Track 3: My Answer
Track 4: Girls Like You
Track 5: Missing You
Track 6: Hazel Eyes
Track 7: Butterflies and Nursery Rhymes
Track 8: Southern Perfection
Track 9: Left Me Hanging
Track 10: Something There
Track 11: Still in Love with You

Country for a Cause (released 10/21/2011) - Compilation album of various independent artists; Rachel donated her track 'Butterflies and Nursery Rhymes'; all proceeds benefit The Shade Tree, sheltering abused women and their children and pets

Radio Play (Internet and Terrestrial):

Black Sky Radio - all songs are in regular rotation and did a 1-hour feature
Butterflies Radio - Butterflies and Nursery Rhymes and When You Were Mine
Songwriters Webcast - 4 songs in regular rotation
HotMix 106 - Girls Like You
KRRN - All songs in rotation; featured in Artist Showcase on 8/21/11
Tween Pop Radio - Left Me Hanging (was in their Top 10 for a few weeks), Girls Like You
Rising Star Radio - All songs in rotation; 4-hour feature show where entire album was played / included live chat (7/9/11)
Triple H FM 100.1 in Australia (Monday Drive show) - some songs in regular rotation; played all in feature interview show
Smash.fm - My Answer, Something There, Natural, When You Were Mine, and Missing You - all on their Love Songs show
Rockin U Radio - all songs in rotation
KRDJ FM in Australia (Stars of Tomorrow show) - all songs in rotation
KSMR FM (college radio station in MN) - Natural

All tracks are available for streaming and/or download at iTunes, Amazon, Last.fm, CD Baby, eMusic, Napster, Jango, Zune, ReverbNation, and more.
The physical CD (Natural) is being sold at Antone's Records and Waterloo Records in Austin, TX and at Piranha Records in Round Rock, TX as well as several on-line stores.

Set List

Grenade - Bruno Mars (cover)
Forever and Always - Taylor Swift (cover)
Southern Perfection - Rachel Kays (original)
When You Were Mine - Rachel Kays (original)
Butterflies and Nursery Rhymes - Rachel Kays (original)
Second Chance - Shinedown (cover)
Forever and Ever Amen - Randy Travis (cover)
Girls Like You - Rachel Kays (original)
Something There - Rachel Kays (original)
Natural - Rachel Kays (original)

Teardrops on my Guitar - Taylor Swift (cover)
Skyscraper - Demi Lovato (cover)
My Answer - Rachel Kays (original)
Missing You - Rachel Kays (original)
Enchanted - Taylor Swift (cover)
Stay - Sugarland (cover)
Leave the Pieces - The Wreckers (cover)
Left Me Hanging - Rachel Kays (original)
Run to You - Lady Antebellum (cover)
Still in Love with You - Rachel Kays (original)

Rachel typically does a 2-hour show with these two sets when she is performing by herself. She accompanies herself on guitar for all of the covers and a couple of her originals. She uses bac