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Raquel Rodriguez's Profile
Inspired by songstresses like Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Adele, Raquel Rodriguez has distinguished herself as a rising star in the competitive L.A. music scene. An alumnus of L.A.’s highly prestigious Hamilton High School Academy of Music, in 2009, Rodriguez auditioned and gained entrance into one of the most selective music programs in the nation - USC’s famed Thornton School of Music. After recently graduating, she has completed her B.M. degree in Music Industry with a minor in Jazz Studies.
Rodriguez plays with a 6-piece backing band comprised of many of her classmates from Thornton’s Jazz Studies department. Since forming almost two years ago, the group has performed at some of the top venues in Southern California, including the Roxy, Key Club and the House of Blues. The band has opened for hip-hop superstars J. Cole and Big Sean, and played at the Carmel Arts & Film Festival, and most recently, they won the National Finale for the College Battle of the Bands.
After releasing her 6-song self-titled EP in January of 2012, Raquel and company are hard at work putting together their first full-length album, which will feature all new original material penned by the singer herself.
Accompanying Rodriguez in concert will be her 7-piece backing band, comprised of many of her classmates from Thornton’s Jazz Studies department. Since forming three years ago, the group has performed at some of the top venues in Southern California, including the Roxy, the Key Club, and the House of Blues. Most recently, the band opened for hip-hop superstars J. Cole and Big Sean at the A.S.I. Hip-Hop and Comedy Fest hosted by CSU-Los Angeles. Currently, Raquel and company are hard at work putting the final touches on their first full-length album, which will feature all new original material penned by the singer herself. The recording is slated for release in Spring 2012 to coincide with her graduation from USC.
October 3, 2011
October 22, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Monica High School
Alexander Hamilton Music Academy
University of Southern California
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