Rachael Kilgour

Dancehall/ Reggae/ Afrobeats

Rachael Kilgour is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter whose plain-spoken, lyric-driven work and intimate performances have endeared her to listeners and fellow artists alike. The 2015 grand prize winner of the NewSong Music Competition and a winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest, she has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC. After a difficult divorce and family separation in 2014, Kilgour found solace in songwriting and began touring nationally with her heartbreakingly relatable full-length album, Rabbit in the Road. She followed up with a self-assured, optimistic set of songs on her 2019 EP, Game Changer. In 2020 Kilgour was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant to focus on a songwriting project about the life and recent death of her father. The delicately crafted songs explore identity, inheritance and grief in the wake of a parent's death. "My father loved me, when he could not love himself" Kilgour sings, examining both the gifts and demons left to her by her father. The collection of songs will be recorded in Toronto in 2022 with two-time Juno Award winning artist Rose Cousins as producer.

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