Rachel Romanowski

BIO

Rachel has been an integral part of the New Jersey music scene since the 1990s, performing primarily originals and lending her own interpretation to the best of songs by both well-known and lesser heard artists.

1998’s mini-disc, “Feed On Me,” garnered regional airplay, helped cement Rachel as a respected singer/songwriter and yielded the hit title track and also the crowd favorite, “Kiss My Ass.” Consistently nominated for Top Female Vocalist at the Asbury Music Awards, she earned the honor in 1998.  Ever since, she’s been a fixture at local venues and has opened multiple times for national acts, including Pat Benetar. In 2000 she decided to take a break from the local grind, joining Weird Al on his Running With Scissors tour, both as a supporting player and an occasional opening act.  Ever since, she has balanced working as an Al crewmember while nurturing her own musical career.

In the spring of 2003 Rachel released “Two Sides.”  Years in the making, this first full-length effort continued the poignant, emotionally driven and insightful songwriting established on her previous efforts. The disk gained rave reviews in the Aquarian and on the AsburyMusic.com website, where Gary Wien named it one of the Top Ten releases of 2003 (and “Not Smoking Crack” as one of the Top Ten songs).

In the summer of 2004 Rachel badly broke her index finger in an automobile accident. Finally able to play again, she resumed work on the follow up to Two Sides. “May Bugs”, released in October of 2012 is already earning praise; Al Muzer comments "Out...open...opinionated. Rachel Romanowski's "Marry My Girlfriend" immediately grabs you... a lilting, swaying, sweetly-sung ode to acceptance that captivates no matter what team you play for. Taken from her wonderfully tuneful 10-song CD, May Bugs, Rachel's urgent, hook-laden, acoustic-fueled confessions of love, lust, loneliness, emptiness, fear, frustration and isolation translate as well as and, on "She Knows" and the title track, better than anything the'Ridge has ever ridden up the charts."

Among her influences, Rachel cites Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams and classic acts such as Tom Petty, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin.