She’s only 18 years old, but Downtown Hoedown performer Rachel Farley is already a seasoned pro on the country music circuit, touring since she was 13 and opening for country luminaries Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Luke Bryan.
But this isn’t a one-trick country pony, Farley said her influences include artists as diverse as Pink and Joan Jett.
“Pink, my whole life, she’s just been a huge influence of mine,” Farley said, listing the Dixie Chicks as another influence.
That eclectic influence was on full display at Hoedown, where Farley ripped through a memorable version of Katy Perry’s “Hot or Cold.”
Who’s her dream duet partner? “Rob Thomas from Matchbox 20,” she said. “Absolutely, I just have so much respect for his writing, his performance, his vocal performance, I just think he’s insane, I would love to collaborate with him.”
Farley’s “It Ain’t Easy” was released earlier this year and is a Top 40 hit; She can also be heard on Brantley Gilbert’s single “Kick It In The Sticks.”
But there’s one song that means more to her than any other, “My Daddy’s Song,” written the night her father died of a rare cancer in 2011.
“One of the last things he asked was for me to write him a song, and I actually wrote it the night he passed away,” she says on her website.
What’s next for the teen? “This girl is going to be a superstar,” WYCD”s Liinda Lee said.