In January 2010, Rachel and a few friends started “Poetic Propaganda”. She wrote songs for the band, played guitar and bass, and sang. The band performed at local venues until they split up in 2011.
In November 2011, Rachel played her first solo set when a friend's band asked her to perform at the local Knights of Columbus Hall with them. After performing roughly 40 minutes of covers and originals (accompanying herself on ukulele, keyboards, and guitar), she decided to give The Break Contest a shot.
In April 2013, Rachel was a nominee for the 2013 JAM Awards for Top 18 & Under EP/Album, Top 18 & Under Songwriter, and was the recipient for the 2013 JAM Award for Top 18 & Under Female Act.
Over the summer of 2013, Rachel and Sofia performed at many venues – including the side stage at Jones Beach for Gavin DeGraw, Train, and The Script. The fall of 2013 brought with it a new band member: bassist Michelle Gorman.
In early 2014, Rachel released a new demo, Failure. A few months later, Rachel, Michelle, and Sofia set out for two weeks, playing ten shows in four different states for the RM Tour. Following the tour, the three musically went their separate ways.
From 2014-2018, Rachel stepped back from music to study. In 2018, she graduated Cum Laude from William Paterson University with a BA in Music Studies.
Rachel Miller is a singer/songwriter/musician from Bergen County, NJ. Growing up singing and playing the guitar, music has always been at the core of her life.
As she grew, Rachel's love for music grew as well. She built upon early skills and taught herself how to play bass, ukulele, and piano.
The Break Contest ran from January to May 2012. Rachel was one of the only solo acts to compete in the band-based competition to perform at Bamboozle 2012.
Although she did not make it beyond the final round of The Break Contest (only full bands progressed to the festival), its sponsor (a social networking site called YuuZoo) along with thousands of active YuuZoo members, helped Rachel get onto The 2012 Bamboozle Festival's lineup (among many other acts, including Bon Jovi, My Chemical Romance, and Foo Fighters).
After performing at Bamboozle in May, Rachel performed at many other venues in the New York/New Jersey area. In October 2012, she began performing with a drummer, Sofia Torres, and in December 2012, she released "Underground", her debut EP.
During her time in college, Rachel continued to write and release music whenever possible. In 2017, she released two singles - "Growing Up" (the title track of her upcoming album to be released in 2019), and "Crosswind", the theme song for an Image Comics series of the same name co-created by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs.
Rachel's music has been featured in Jesse MaGill's short film, "Modern Tragedy", and will be featured as the theme song for the upcoming OuttaPocket Media game, "Scouts Honor", which will be released on the Nintendo Wii U.
Stay tuned for the album "Growing Up" - coming out soon!