Rachael Lampa was one of a handful of female Christian artists in the late 90s and early 2000s who got their start in their teens. Her first project, Live for You, came out in August 2000, when Rachael was 15. I was in Nashville around that time and got an invite from her record label to come to the studio and listen to some rough mixes. Rachael was there and after hearing a couple of songs I asked her to sing in person. I couldn’t believe that that big voice had come out of such a tiny girl.
Between 2000 and 2004 Rachael released four CDs and then in 2006 did a “Greatest Hits” collection. And then, according to her website, “Lampa practically disappeared from [the] public eye at the peak of her career, leaving fans scratching their heads and searching feverishly for news of future projects.” Aside from two EPs, the Christmas release Three Songs For Christmas in 2009 and Human in 2010, there would be nothing from Rachael until All We Need in 2011. And nothing since.
It’s kind of difficult finding information on what Rachael’s up to these days. Even her website doesn’t provide much detail. In the “My Story” section it refers to All We Need as the “yet-to-be-titled fall 2011 release.” Click on the “Shows” section and it reads, “No shows booked at the moment.” Too bad, Rachael had (and I assume still has) a tremendous voice.
Here’s a video version of “Live For You” the title track from Rachael’s debut project. It went to #1 on both the Christians AC and CHR charts.