On this episode of Music Trails we meet British Columbia native, and current Nashville TN resident Raquel Cole. Raquel shares her journey of growing up in Vernon British Columbia and the origins of her love of music at a very young age. Raquel talks about her recent appearance on the Stampede City Sessions series (Canadian version of Austin City limits), as well as her two recent released singles and music videos. Raquel gives us insight into song writing and her love of collaborating with other song writers. Listeners will get an update on all things The Woods (Nashville based band she is a member of) related. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/mark-a-lafond/message
“A dynamite vocalist, songwriter and guitar slinger to boot!” is what American Songwriter Magazine called Raquel Cole in a recent interview. Her skill as a musician is one of the first things that her audience notices about this British Columbia native as she owns opening spots for artists like Carrie Underwood, Jonny Lang, Brothers Osborne, Scotty McCreery as well as Josh Turner, who she toured extensively with over the past few years. They are not the only ones catching onto the fiery and soulful music Cole is making, in 2017 she was named by The CBC and Radio Canada as “25 under 25 musicians everyone needs to know,” along side Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes.
Singing has been Cole’s first love for as long as she can remember. Acquiring her first guitar at the age of nine, Cole started to write songs not long after that. She was inspired by hit songs she heard on the radio from artists like Shania Twain and Bryan Adams, but also from jamming with her dad, a drummer, in the basement learning how to play 70’s rock and roll. Cole’s love for exploring music and the guitar didn’t stop there. After graduating high school Cole had planned to go on to study jazz guitar, but not being able to deny her desire to be in Nashville writing songs she respectfully declined her acceptance to Capilano University in North Vancouver and instead made the move to Nashville.
Cole is a recipient of a CCMA Award and the winner of many other accolades from American Songwriting Magazine lyric contest, U.S. Today for their exclusive "Playlist" pick, and The International Songwriting Competition where her song, "Imogene" (from her debut album "Personal Truth") took home 2nd place in the Unsigned Only Category. Cole has also found success writing for other artists and claims her first Billboard Top 10 Country Album charting song recorded by superstar, Marie Osmond. Cole released her first single, "Think About You" to Canadian Country Radio this past summer, it charted at number 43 and additionally was named one of SiriusXM Country's biggest songs of 2021!
Compelled to always be creating she continues to write and record but her heart belongs on the road meeting her fans in person. Cole lives for sharing her songs from stage and the phenomenal experience that music can give.