This new song ‘Four Leaf Clovers’ by Rachel Brown is a bouncy folky tune with her clear and youthful voice hip hoping over percussion and world music fusion that made a stop in Caribbean islands. It is as sun-kissed as a Jack Johnson melody although it is done with less guitar but more rhythmic voices and syncopated African pulse, that could have come from the deepest rainforest.
Rachel Brown must have absorbed all these influences from her multi-origins – Ethiopian, Bermudian, Southern American – and she is released her debut EP ‘Building Castles’ on September 18, without any previous musical training. Call this talent, because she said these songs came to her in the most organic way possible :
‘I would pick up my guitar and teach myself how to play by writing songs, I just played until it sounded right.’
And it paid, as she received the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award for songwriting, the 2011 Songwriter's Hall of Fame Abe Olman Award for Excellence in Songwriting, and a slot at the National Association for Campus Activities' national convention, leading to a 40-date college tour. She has already opened for the likes of Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke at Bermuda’s National Stadium, John Legend and Quincy Jones at the Bermuda Music Festival, and was brought on stage by Wyclef Jean to perform Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’ with him. She also does an amazing cover of ‘Without you’ by David Guetta featuring Usher – yes you read it correctly – and as much as I hate that song, she manages to do something beautiful and soulful from all these non-sense beats.