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If You Believe
Quick facts about Rachael Lampa
PLACE OF ORIGIN
Background to her Early Career
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in Louisville, Colorado, Rachael Lampa began singing as a toddler and by the age of four was able to sing in perfect harmony. During her childhood, Lampa performed at shows and participated in competitions throughout Colorado. She even won a competition, at a major sports event, by singing the National Anthem.
Rachael was raised in a Catholic home and had a strong faith in God as a child. Her parents are both Catholic – her father is Filipino and her mother is of Hungarian and Irish descent. She and her three siblings now reside in Nashville.
Over the course of her career, Lampa earnt widespread acclaim for several albums. She spent years touring and recording before deciding to step away from her record label to find her true identity. She has attributed her periods of pause in music to personal development, identity checks, and maintaining a true and authentic Christian faith.
Early Entry into the Music Industry
Rachael Lampa was only fourteen years old when she was discovered by Word Records producer, Brent Bourgeois. Lampa was attending the Music in the Rockies, a Christian music conference held in Colorado, after which she decided to sign with the then Sony-owned Word Records.
Lampa released her debut album “Live for You” in August 2000. The album was a huge hit featuring four number-one singles. Her number one hit “Blessed” won a Dove Award in 2001. Lampa promoted her album extensively, with an appearance on The Tonight Show and through features in USA Today, Billboard, People Magazine, and Seventeen.
Lampa was invited to sing “There Is Still A Dream” at World Youth Day in Rome with Luis Fonsi, a song she originally recorded as a duet with Aaron Neville. She has also toured with singer, Stacie Orrico, along with artists such as Destiny’s Child, Boyz II Men, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Vince Gill, Switchfoot, and Toby Mac, among others. Her song “If You Believe“ was used on the soundtrack of the movie, “A Walk to Remember”. In 2002, she released her second album, “Kaleidoscope”. Three of the singles reached the top five on the charts and “No Greater Love” was number two on the CCM charts. Later in 2002, she also came out with a remix album “Blur”, featuring remixes of her hit songs and personal favorites.
Extensive Music Career & Other Projects
In 2004, Lampa released her self-titled third studio album, which was produced by Tommy Sims. The album featured a variety of styles from retro, pop to rock and funk to soul and modern adult contemporary. It received universal praise from critics for its diverse styles. This was the first album for which she had written or co-written every track. Lampa was also the executive producer for the album and toured for a year to promote it. Guest artists on the album included Robert Randolph and Christian rapper T-Bone.
Her other projects include writing and singing “Flag (Psalm 57 and 108)” on the album “The Message”. She also made an appearance in Christian rapper T-Bone‘s video for the song “Name Droppin”, and starred as “Sally” in Hidden Secrets, a Christian film, as well as contributing four songs for the film: “When I Fall“, “The Good Life“, “No Other One” and “The Art“. In 2009, Rachael Lampa posted “Three Songs for Christmas” exclusively to her website and independently launched her first extended play “Human”. Rachael also spent most of 2009 as a background singer for Jordin Sparks on The Jonas Brothers tour and the Britney Spears tour.
Lampa signed with Universal Music Christian Group in 2011. Upon signing, she released her fifth studio album and took part in NBC‘s musical reality show “The Sing-Off” with a vocal group from Nashville. She continued co-writing, performing duets, and providing special guest vocals, until she eventually joined Irish singer/musician, Hozier, as a backing vocalist. They toured extensively and internationally for two years, making appearances on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Myers. A highlight of this period was her collaboration with Annie Lennox at the Grammy Awards.
Rachael ultimately returned home, announcing that she was expecting her first child and overseeing the release of her new music. She released a cover of the hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus“, on all major streaming platforms. In 2019, she released her latest offering “Side of my Heart“.
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A Balanced, Free and Faith-Filled Woman
Rachael started out as a musical prodigy at a young age and has successfully crafted a career as a respected singer and songwriter. She has said that when she was young she felt that all she had was her music and her ministry. Today, she feels like there is so much more balance in her life.
Her most significant struggle was the divorce of her parents. Rachael admitted that the pain also presented her with an opportunity in her music career. Rachael married in 2010 and had her first child in 2016. She took this time to focus on her faith and work on several other projects. She worked as a backup singer, joined an acapella group, started up a non-profit charity with her family in Nashville, and of course, became a mother.
Rachael is currently re-entering the music industry and is looking forward to releasing new music. She also recently participated in the Faithful Project with other successful Christian women like Amy Grant, Ellie Holcomb, Ginny Owens.