|2:05PM - 2:25PM||Sunday, July 13||Sandbar Stage|
Raquel Cole is a talented up-and-coming artist and songwriter with a panache for the guitar. At the age of nine, Raquel picked up the instrument effortlessly, which soon led to a love for writing songs and the start of a burgeoning career. Hailing from Vernon, British Columbia, Raquel spent her school breaks traveling to LA and Nashville to hone her skills as a young songwriter and work with fellow artists and award-winning songwriters.
So far, 2013 has been a very good year for Raquel. Her song, “Leaving Home” placed in the Top 30 of the international Music City Songwriting Competition. Additionally, USA Today picked her song “Gone” (recorded by co-writer Jessica Campbell) for their exclusive weekly “Playlist” as one of the week’s “most intriguing tracks” (5/13/13). Earlier in the year, Raquel placed Top 10 in British Columbia's elite annual Variety Club’s “Variety’s Got Talent” and was also featured on Shaw TV’s “Go Okanagan.” After returning from the COCA conference (Canadian Organization of Campus Activities) in Halifax, NS where she was chosen to showcase for the delegates. Raquel spent July in Nashville, TN writing, was the featured SOCAN artist on the international radio show, Billy Blocks Western Beat, and performed at NAMM.
Raquel placed second in this years Indie Week finals, performing among 250+ artists in Toronto, Canada! Finishing off her year opening for Deric Ruttan, Chad Brownlee, and Jason Blaine on their "Your Town Throwdown" concert tour.
Her influences include John Mayer, Bryan Adams, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Shania Twain. “Shania is one of the first memories I have of listening to the radio when I was about five years old. It was her “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” single and it was one of my first introductions to music.”
Raquel recently recorded six new songs with two-time Grammy winner, Chad Carlson. “I love to perform and am excited to play the new tunes live at various shows coming up this year.”
Raquel is a girl with a guitar…and a whole lot to sing about.