Growing up in the outskirts of New York City, Rachel Grae dissected music like an archeologist — digging into lyrics, and turning over melodies. When she started writing her own music she set her intention with clarity, embracing imperfection as a means to investigate vulnerability in all its forms. Rachel points to Kelly Clarkson, Adele, and Demi Lovato as vocal inspirations, but she invokes the youthful energy of peers like Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, and Tate McRae through her songwriting. Uniquely, when Rachel Grae yearns to learn more about the world around her, she looks inward — reflecting on her past missteps and epiphanies to inform her next move. Her goal is clear: constructing songs that confront universal emotions as a compassionate act; making music that works on herself means that listeners start halfway to the finish line.