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Rachel McDonald, R&B Recording Artist

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Rachel McDonald is not only an extremely talented singer and songwriter; she’s a woman on a mission: bringing soul back to urban music. As her musical influences are Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Chaka Kahn, Yolanda Adams, and Fergie, she certainly seems to be on course. McDonald and Jones believe that the music industry has bled the emotion and artistry out of music with corporate interference and marketing practices. Educated at the Maryland Hall School for the Performing Arts, and steeped in the place where many R&B singers obtain their first experience – the church choir, she has already accumulated a laundry list of musical and theatrical experiences. At 18 years old, she has acted in nearly a dozen plays and almost as many vocal showcases and dance performances. McDonald has a staggeringly powerful voice and a wide vocal range (soprano, alto and tenor), both of which she aptly displays on “The Return of Soul." Her vocal style can be compared to Alicia Keys and Corinne Bailey Ray, and like them, she very ably conveys with conviction the messages in her music. McDonald has several performances under her belt including NFL 60, the Maryland Education Association’s MLK Breakfast, the Maryland House of Delegates African American Patriots Day, and the House of Blues in Los Angeles. She received the National Society of Arts Award for excellent in the arts in April, 2009. McDonald's musical message is quite clear: we need to get back to basics and put the emotion, the soul back into music.