"Her soul-influenced take on the singer-songwriter rulebook places her alongside Nilufer Yanya in giving the solo musician with a guitar a new feel in 2018" - DIY
"The 19 year old South Londoner has a deftness of touch, a softness of execution that seems to render fresh intensity to her every move." - Clash
Rachel Chinouriri is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Croydon. Having only released two official pieces of music, the wheels are already in full motion for Rachel. 'So My Darling', a sensitive and personal single chosen by Gus Unger-Hamilton (alt-J) as his favourite piece of new music, was played during his interview on Huw Stephens Radio 1 show last week And, Mahogany Sessions have already worked with Rachel to create a beautiful acoustic version of the track. Watch here.
Born and raised in Croydon, Rachel's family's traditional Zimbabwean values meant she sometimes felt isolated from her cultural surroundings. She found solace in writing and recording music, and at the age of 17 she wrote an EP and recorded it using a £20 Microphone, mixed it on her mums computer and dropped it on Soundcloud. The raw demos, aptly named 'Bedroom Tales', saw support from BBC Introducing pretty much instantly.
With new music on the horizon and support swelling around her, it's clear Rachel is one to watch for 2019.