A couple months ago we shared a video from country/pop artist, Rachel Potter for her song “Jesus and Jezebel” and lucky for us we were also able to chat with her about what she’s been up to lately.
The multi-talented Louisiana-born Potter is an absolute delight to talk to and we’re pretty sure you’re going to fall in love with her as well, so without further adieu, we introduce to you…Rachel Potter.
Brandon: Hey Rachel, how are things going?
Rachel Potter: Things are good, back in action after doing Les Mis in Pennsylvania.
B: Well Les Mis is no small venture, how did that go?
R: It went great! The whole run was pretty much sold out and we got standing ovations every night. It was really awesome.
R: Sure, I was born in New Orleans, but spent most of my life in Seminole, Florida and lived there until I was 18. My family was from Alabama, so we’d spend summers there. So yeah, that’s kind of where I came from and I live in Nashville now. I always loved country music. I actually started singing Christian music, but always wanted to make the change to country music.
B:We featured your new video “Jesus and Jezebel” a little while ago. It features some subject material that you don’t find very much in the country genre, but as an independent artist, you’re able to do what you want a little bit more. How important to you is it to speak your mind in a genre that you’ve known and loved for so long?
R: Yeah, I mean marriage equality is really important to me. Whether it was on Broadway or playing at Cabarets, the gay community was always there to support me. And now I just want to give back. I wrote the song as an ally and it felt wrong to not share it. I have had people write to me and tell me how much the song means to them and that feels good when it’s your song.
B: Well it’s nice to see artists like yourself doing things like this, congratulations on the song and congratulations on changing people’s lives.
R: Thank you, it does feel good to make some sort of a difference.
B: You marched in D.C. for equality and now here we are, the Supreme Court has finally legalized gay marriage, you must feel pretty good about that?
R: Yes! I am not gay, but I feel like we won! *laughs*
B: So now that the video is out, what else do you have going on this year?
R: I am actually entered in a contest with a new project I am working on called Steel Union and one of the things we could get from winning this contest is radio play, so for independent artists, this is huge. (You can vote here, last day of voting is August 27th).
B: Tell us a little more about Steel Union.
R: Yeah it’s a project I started here in Nashville with my friends, Donny Fallgatter and Josh Matheny, it features a steel guitar and all three of us provide vocals. So yeah doing well in this challenge could mean a lot for us.
B: You’ve been involved with a couple reality shows, both MTV’s Legally Blonde, The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods and The X-Factor. What has been your craziest experience yet?
R: You know, I would have to say The X-Factor. It’s funny because it felt like I had been singing in front of people every day from the time I was 18, but once TV was added to the equation, it was a whole different story. I was shaking, I was terrified *laughs*. I think there is something different about television, especially these days. If you screw up, you will be all over YouTube. In theater if you mess up, you can make up for it and you have other shows to get it right, there are no cameras allowed in a theater, so only those people see, but on television, it’s a whole different story. It was also crazy how quickly it can change your fan base, I think I went from like 1,000 followers on Instagram to 10,000 overnight after being on The X-Factor.
B: Well again, congratulations on everything, Rachel, and hopefully we will be talking to you soon!
R: Thank you!
For everything Rachel Potter, click here to visit her website.
Also make sure to check out her new project Steel Union.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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