Who is Raquel Cole? She is a seasoned singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has written with some of the finest songwriters in the world, been featured on Sirius XM’s The Highway and ended the year with an arena tour opening for Grammy award-winning legends, Diamond Rio. And she’s only 21.
Cole has been perfecting her sound for more than half her young life. Now splitting her time between Nashville, TN and British Columbia. She was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley located in the beautiful province of British Columbia. Growing up Cole was attracted to wide-raging influences that encompassed John Mayer’s bluesy sounds, Bryan Adam’s genius lyrics, and Shania Twain’s pop-country tunes. Cole reveals, “At a really young age my dad introduced me to The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, The Guess Who and Randy Bachman. He’s a drummer and he wanted someone to play music with him. When I was nine he bought me my first guitar and it grew from there.” This led Cole to her love of songs and songwriting. Also an accomplished guitar player, she added the mandolin to her arsenal and crafted a country style all her own.
Raquel released her first single “It’s For Real This Time” which earned her a spot on Sirius XM’s The Highway. "Writing songs has always been an outlet for me. This is a very vulnerable song,” she admits. “It’s what was going on in my love life at the time and thankfully writing songs is way cheaper than therapy."
Cole’s tune “Catching Fire” featured on When love has a plan, debuted at #63 on the Billboard’s Top 200 album charts. SOCAN selected her for their 2015 Faces To Watch. Her song, “Leaving Home” placed in the Top 30 at the International Music City Songwriting Competition and it’s not just Nashville noticing her talent. USA Today picked “Gone” for their exclusive weekly Playlist and called it one of the week’s “most intriguing tracks.” Additionally, Cole placed #1 in Country and #2 in overall genres during Indie Week Canada and has been tapped to perform the American and Canadian National anthems at NHL hockey games.