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Rachael Yamagata

Rachael Yamagata (born September 23, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist from Arlington, Virginia.

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Rachael Yamagata (born September 23, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist from Arlington, Virginia. She began her musical career with the band Bumpus before becoming a solo artist. Her songs have appeared on numerous television shows and she has collaborated with other musicians including Jason Mraz, Rhett Miller, Ryan Adams, Toots and the Maytals and Ray Lamontagne.

Yamagata became the vocalist for the Chicago group Bumpus and spent six years touring, writing and recording with the band. In 2001, she left Bumpus and began a solo career. In September 2002, she obtained a two-record deal with Arista's Private Music and her self-titled EP produced by Malcolm Burn, “Rachael Yamagata EP” was released in October.

Her first full-length album, “Happenstance,” followed in June 2004 and received favorable reviews. The album, produced by John Alagia at Compass Point Studios, featured the single “I Want You.” Yamagata toured with Mandy Moore and contributed a song to Moore's 2007 album, “Wild Hope.”

In May 2008, Yamagata released a three-song EP, “Loose Ends.” A full length album “Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart” was released in October 2008. The song “Jonah” was included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album and another bonus song “He Loves You Deep Inside” was made available online.

Yamagata digitally released a new album in the fall of 2011 through Pledgemusic. Her third studio album, “Chesapeake,” was released through Frankenfish Records in October 2011.

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