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Queensland based singer/songwriter Rachel Koster, has a writing ability that has been compared in the music industry to that of Carole King. Her aim is to establish herself as Australia's answer to Dianne Warren and be a prolific writer for other acts, television and film.
A keen collaborator, Koster has in the past penned numbers with/for musicians including Chris Haigh, Steve Romig, Stuart Fraser (Noiseworks), Gary Pinto (CDB), 2010 Tamworth Starmaker winner Luke Austen, Kylie Moss, Tarni (Aust Idol), Kelly Budgen, Milly Edwards (Aust Idol), rapper RVL8, Nashville’s Karin Papperelli, Stephen Cummings and blues artist Lil’Fi. Grabbing the plentiful attention of industry peers over recent years, some of this country’s best have considered her work, and she received international interest following representation in Cannes at the 44th MIDEM International Music Conference, as well as from New Zealand’s South Pacific Pictures.
Rachel’s original “Nobody Don’t” stars as the title track of an EP released by Australian country artist Kylie Moss of the highly anticipated duo Left of Centre and her co-written tune “Uneasy” appears on the 3rd solo album "Magic Door" by Lil'Fi. You will also find songs featured on Sounds Like Café Volume 16, Sifted Sunshine, plus in the music industry album and book ‘Icons of Tomorrow’, as well as being voted runner up in ABC 612's 'Best Christmas Song Never Written' competition 2009 with the track 'What Is Christmas To You'.
Rachel composed and performed songs for the musical comedy stage production The Bear Facts in 2001, was commissioned to pen the 2007 BCCA environmental theme song “Better Bush”, and in 2005 wrote the promotional track “The Country Way”, sung by Darren Coggan and herself. She has shared the billing onstage with artists including Troy Cassar-Daley, Spot The Dog, The Flood, Lloyd Speigel, Dan Bull & Steve Romig.
Creating is where she sits best….having always been the instigator of new material for herself and others, for musicals, advertising, arts concepts and workshops. After some deviations into visual arts projects Rachel is back on musical terra firma once again, this time holding a simmering penchant for ‘message songs’ with a current sound and stance.
The follow up to her independently released pop single December, was the heartfelt 2007 debut solo album Deciduous. Produced in part by ARIA award winning engineer, Robin Mai (John Butler Trio ‘Sunrise Over Sea’) and mixed by Chris Dickie (Wet Wet Wet/The Eurythmics), the LP had it's birth at Woodstock studios, Melbourne, with players from the Renee Geyer Band, plus Stuart Fraser (Noiseworks), Jak Housden (The Badloves/Whitlams), and significant others on board. This chilled jazz album was summed up as ‘a smooth and cosy offering, canvassing the seasons of the heart’. Rick Price commented on the album as ‘delicious’.
Her newest offerings have been in recent collaboration with Bruce Haymes (Professor Ratbaggy), The Leigh Brothers (Pseudo Echo), and musical sibling Luke, resulting in a fresh musical aroma, the first of these being a quirky track entitled The Mess, which romped it up the Triple J Unearthed pop charts. She is currently working alongside Platinum Artist Development with producer Sebastian Ivanov, creating solid pop solo material and tracks for placement.
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