Rachel Thompson began studying voice at age 7 under the instruction of James Mays, Director of Bandaid School of Music in Austin,TX. Rachel graduated in Music Production from the University of Texas under Professor Gary Powell.
She has been performing and fronting bands in Austin since she was 10 years old. In 2010 Rachel Thompson was awarded the title of “Best Teen Vocalist”, at the School Jam USA contest during the NAMM show in Anaheim, California. Her band AfterMATH was also awarded “Best Teen Band in America.” Her training and vocal background ranges from rock, pop, broadway, classical, jazz and more.
Rachel has a plethora of experience in the studio. She has recorded and worked in multiple recording studios in Austin including Shine Studios and Tequila Mocking Bird. She also participated in Gary Powell’s esteemed recording ensemble, Ensemble 109 for three of her UT semesters.
She is currently the lead singer of local Austin rock band Edison Chair as well as local Austin metal band Chasing After Alice. Rachel has played a variety of music festivals and shows in Austin including The Paramount Theater, The Blackheart, Empire Control Room, SXSW and New Years Eve at Auditorium Shores.
Rachel has been a vocal coach at Bandaid School of Music for 3 years. She not only teaches private lessons, and vocal groups, but has created a class of her own, “Leading Ladies.” Leading Ladies offers aspiring young singers the opportunity to learn about women throughout music history, hone their own musical skill and gain confidence on stage.
My mom and dad put me in voice lessons when I was 7, when it became hopelessly apparent I had no athletic skill what so ever. Music has always been so much more then just an outlet for me but it has been a way of life. I was incredibly blessed to be thrown into the world of live music and performing at a very early age. Fronting bands has given me more confidence and strength then I ever thought imaginable, it has also taught me a tremendous amount of team work. I believe every young woman and man who wants to pursue music as a career or even just as a hobby should be given the opportunity to do so. I hope to pursue a career in Music Therapy and teaching so that I can bring the opportunities I was given, to others who dream of being on stage. While performing gives me more joy then words can explain, teaching and seeing a student achieve a new level of potential and confidence in themselves is the most rewarding and beautiful experience I have ever encountered. I am incredibly excited to be part of the LSV family and I can not wait to see what we accomplish together.