By Kyle Siegel
Up and coming country music star Rachel Farley, at 18 years of age, has done more than most twice her age. Farley is currently signed to Red Bow Records and will be performing at the Budweiser Tent at the 2013 Missouri State Fair.
Farley will be performing at the Bud Tent on Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 14. She will be performing twice daily at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The News-Journal spoke with Farley in a phone interview and spoke of her career highlights, influences and many other topics.
Rachel Farley, a Georgia native, began playing guitar at the age of 12. By the time she was 13 she began writing her own songs and performing for audiences, and opening for her mentor and fellow Georgian Brantley Gilbert.
Farley was asked if she knew that she always wanted to be involved in music, or if it came later in her life.
“I’ve never really had a moment of ‘Oh my god, I want to play music.’ It was always something that I did. I started singing in church and school when I was little,” Farley said.
Farley spoke of her wide variety of musical influences that have helped shape her musical stylings.
“I’m in to all kinds of music. I grew up listening to Martina McBride, Joan Jett and Pink. I am a huge music fan. My music is inspired by all the types of music that I like,” Farley explained.
At age 17, Farley released her first single “Ain’t Easy” and within days the Grand Ole Opry came calling and asked her to make an appearance on the world famous stage. She recently made her second appearance and she called the experience surreal.
“It’s an absolutely amazing experience. It is surreal. That was a huge dream of mine. It is a huge deal, especially in country music. It is a huge honor,” Farley said.
Farley is getting ready to release her second single “High Heels” in the next couple of weeks, and her first music video will follow shortly thereafter. CMT, a staple in music television, named Farley one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. Farley was also highlighted by Billboard as a “Bubbling Under Artist.”
That is a huge honor to be recognized by CMT,” Farley said.
Farley has been touring constantly since she was 17, and she has opened for several big acts in country music. She recently toured with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan for the second half of the My Kinda Party Tour last year. She is currently on tour and she has been perfecting her sound. She tours with a five-piece band made up of some of her closest friends.
“I’ve got a five-piece band and most of these guys came with me from Georgia. They’ve been with me for years and they are some of my closest friends,” Farley said.
She added, “This year we have been on the road. We have played all over the place.”
For those that want a musical sampling of Rachel Farley before seeing her perform at the Missouri State Fair, check her out on youtube by searching Rachel Farley Ain’t Easy. Once again, Farley will be performing at the Missouri State Fair on the Bud Tent twice daily on Aug. 13-14, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.