Rachel Sepulveda is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and arranger inspired by jazz, Latin, and R&B grooves. Her sound is dynamic and captivating, at times light and vulnerable, but at other times powerful and commanding. Her honest presence, engages listeners to share the experience of the music and reflect. Her solo project features a quintet of some of Columbus Ohio’s finest jazz musicians performing original arrangements and compositions, while also incorporating standard cover material.
Rachel is proud to provide vocals for many other talented performers and groups in Columbus including The Bluewater Kings Band, The Dave DeWitt Trio, Victor Zancudo, Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Monday Night Big Band, Big Daddy Blue, and The Sons of Gladys, among others.
She currently performs all over Ohio and the midwest for both public and private events. Rachel is often a featured solo artist at music festivals in the Ohio area. In 2010, she opened up for Lou Donaldson at The Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival singing alongside Saxophonist, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson for his Charlie Parker with Strings performance. She also sang The Columbus Marathon in both 2013 and ’14, The Gahanna Creekside Jazz Festival, 2011, the Columbus Community Festival, 2008, and Red, White and Boom, 2007. In the past, Rachel toured Europe fronting the Capital University Big Band at The Montreux and Umbria Jazz Festivals. She was also selected twice as the featured vocalist for the Ohio Music Educators Association All State Jazz Ensemble.
Rachel is a graduate of the Jazz Studies program at Capital University Conservatory and is now pursuing her Masters of Music in jazz at Western Michgan University studying with Greg Jaspers and the Gold Company. In the past, she studied with jazz vocalists, Sunny Wilkinson and Michael Shirtz, opera singer, Elise DesChamps, pianist, Mark Flugge and bassist, Dr. Louis Fischer. Just some of the artists she credits to her influence include: Esperanza Spalding, Sarah Vaughan, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, Brian Blade, Clifford Brown, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, Celia Cruz, and La India.
Rachel teaches private lessons for both voice and piano at her home studio in Columbus, OH. She also leads workshops through The Lincoln Theatre Jazz Academy downtown Columbus. Previous academic appointments include directing the vocal jazz activities at Capital University and also directing the choral activities at The Arts & College Preparatory Academy in Columbus, OH.