Sydney songstress Rachel Collis has been described by reviewers as no less than “prodigy”, “sheer genius” (Australian Stage) and “a welcome jolt back to the time of Joni Mitchell and Carole King” (The Orange Press). She is sweetness, sophistication and good old-fashioned songwriting, her songs touching on themes of love and life, kindness and compassion, and the beauty of the present moment.
Rachel has always admired the ability of an honest song to connect complete strangers in the shared human experience. Though a classically trained pianist and vocalist, her heart has always been in songwriting for the simple unpretentious joy of it. She spent many hours as a teenager locked away in her room listening to her favourite singer songwriters sing about life and love through the speakers of a cheap cassette player, and she wrote prolifically. After a German/Linguistics degree and some years as a High School teacher, she left to pursue a music career, undertaking a Masters of Music in Composition and Music Production at the Australian Institute of Music (A.I.M). Since 2012 Rachel has performed in music venues across Sydney, in the Sydney (2012, 2013) and Adelaide Fringe Festivals (2013, 2014) and in sell-out performances of her one-woman show at the prestigious Riverside Theatres in Parramatta (2012). Rachel’s 2014 and 2016 releases “Nightlight” and “The Remains Of The Day”, (both co-produced with Emmy and ARIA nominated producer Sean Carey) were released to critical acclaim and have sold internationally, growing Rachel a fan base of thousands in the UK, the US and Canada. In 2018 Rachel was invited to perform her quirky song “A Duck Named Sybil” at the Sydney Town Hall and the Sydney Opera House as part of the Arts Alive Concert Series.