Singer, rapper, and songwriter Rachael Messini was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1984. Rachael started dancing (tap, jazz and ballet) competitively at the age of 4 and began singing for fun around the same time. Singing and dancing became her passion and in 1998 (8th grade) Rachael’s part-time family music group “Souljahz” got a chance to go overseas to Aachen, Germany to record their first full length album with a young producer who they met through a family friend. Upon their return to the states their father took the finished album to ASCAP. A few meetings later, they found themselves sitting in the offices of Jimmy Iovine, the CEO of Interscope Records. The group received offers from several major labels including Interscope, Warner Bros. & Atlantic Records. In the year 2000, after lengthy negotiations, they ended up signing a deal with Warner Bros. Upon their first major label release in 2002, Rachael became the youngest singer, writer, and producer in Warner Bros history, at only 17 years old.
As SoulJahz, they performed alongside the likes of No Doubt, Nelly, Counting Crows, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Garbage, Boyz II Men, and Erykah Badu on a cross country tour in support of their major label debut “The Fault Is History.” Television features followed on CNN Headline News, E!, Billboard, The WB, plus a slot on Sessions@AOL beside Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The group’s debut album had several #1 CHR hits sand won them 2 Dove awards. But even with the tremendous amount of buzz and overwhelming fanfare, red tape soon wrapped itself around the burgeoning band, putting a long delay on what would’ve been its sophomore CD.
In 2006, the group re-emerged independently as The Washington Projects. They have since released two albums, “Commanders Of The Resistance” in 2007, and “Light Up The Dark” in 2010, of which both garnered critical acclaim and rave reviews. Between 2006 and 2010 they toured nationally and internationally traveling twice to war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait to entertain the troops, as well as headlining a tour to Italy alongside The Nappy Roots.
In 2011 Rachael took a few years off to start a family. This new chapter in her life was essentially the beginning of the making of her new album, “Honestly.” The process of making this album was unique in that she was now a wife and mother and juggling so many more roles than she had been in the past. “Honestly” is authentic and real, as it speaks about life’s lessons and what she has been through over the past decade. “So much of my life has changed since I began doing music. During the making of this album I went through a time of major self-discovery, learning to listen to God’s voice alone and to trust the vision He’s given me. God told me to be honest, so that’s exactly what I did. There was no game plan, no gimmicks, just me and the music. It took some time, but you can’t rush things that need time to grow. The process of making this record has grown me more than I can put into words. While I thought I was making it, it was really making me.”
Rachael’s first solo album entitled, “Honestly” is now available!
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