Rachel Reinert knows what it takes to succeed in Nashville. With courage, grace, and patience, the former member of Gloriana has struck out on her own to fulfill her dream of having a solo career. Reinert has had plenty of ups and downs in Music City, having moved there to take on a publishing deal at the age of sixteen-years-old. After spending the next two years developing her songwriting skills, Reinert was ready to give up on Nashville and on her dream. That was when Gloriana came along. “I knew It was an amazing opportunity,” she recalls of her 8 years in the group, “But I’d always envisioned myself as a solo artist – that’s where my heart really was. I knew the time would come when I would feel my journey with the band had come to an end, I just didn’t know when.”
Reinert saw much success with her former group, releasing instant hits like “Wild At Heart” and the platinum-selling “(Kissed You) Good Night”. Together the group won an Academy of Country Music award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, toured as an opening act with Taylor Swift, and performed with Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, and Zach Brown Band. In 2015, after almost a decade with the band, that moment came. Rachel knew that if she was ever going to fulfill her life’s ambitions, it was time. She rolled the dice, walking away from Gloriana and the team behind her to begin her journey of becoming the solo artist she knew she was meant to be.
Dedicating two years to discover her original sound, Reinert is thrilled to announce the release of her debut solo single, “Cool.” A Southern California native, Rachel was influenced by the culture of Laurel Canyon, and she traced her musical roots to what she listened to growing up: Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Tom Petty and Neil Young, to name a few. Taking the time to find herself, Rachel worked closely with co-writer/producer Davis Naish to create an authentic sound she refers to as “California country.”
Reinert chatted with Lula 1892 to answer our Rapid Fire Round in celebration of her new single, “Cool”! Check it out on Spotify. To keep up with Reinert, catch her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!
If you were a musical instrument, which one would you be?
A ukulele because they are delicate and have such a positive/chill vibe.
What is your strangest/most embarrassing show or tour experience?
I have definitely been guilty of forgetting song lyrics. I have also tripped over my own feet many times. I split my jeans once when I was bending over to sign an autograph. I hit my teeth on the microphone constantly. Thankfully, I haven’t fallen off of a stage or anything like that yet. Just little clumsy embarrassing things.
What’s your dream venue to play as a solo artist?
I would love to play Red Rocks. I got to play there once when I was in my former band, Gloriana, but to go back as a solo artist would be incredible. It’s the dreamiest, most beautiful venue I’ve ever seen. Another would be the legendary Ryman Auditorium here in Nashville…I have yet to have the chance to perform there.
You’ve spent two years developing your own sound. When and where do you do your best writing, and how did you land on your own brand of California Country?
I think I do my best songwriting when I’m in the right frame of mind. If I’m feeling super inspired, it just flows. It doesn’t really matter where or when it happens but I definitely have enjoyed trips in the past where I’ve gotten out of town and worked on music in places where cell service is sparse and there’s no time limit. Focus is key.
I landed on my California Country sound because California is where I’m originally from. I wanted to create a sound that reflected my roots as well as what my parents raised me on-which was the 70’s Laurel Canyon era of music. I have lived in Nashville for the last 13 years, so that has also greatly influenced my songwriting style, so I’d like to think of my sound as a combination of both worlds.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given about working in the music industry?
Find out who your real friends are.
Did you have a musical mentor when you got started? What is the most important thing they taught you?
When I was in the band, we got to open for Taylor Swift on the Fearless tour in 2009. It was my first time performing in arenas. I learned A LOT just by being around her for that whole year. One of our most memorable one-on-one conversations was about live performances. She told me to always remember the importance of putting on a highly entertaining show. I still carry that with me to this day.
If you had to choose a different stage name, what would it be?
I think I would just go by my first name only. For some reason, “Reinert” is a difficult last name to grasp. Everyone always wants to throw an “H” in the middle of it.
Who’s on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?
Oprah, Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks.
What is the most memorable thing a fan has done for you?
Stand by my side and love/support me in this next chapter as a solo artist.
Who would you choose to play you in a movie of your life?
Emilia Clarke. Mainly just because I’m totally obsessed with her.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I love to vacuum.