Rachel Sepulveda

Musician and Vocalist

About

Rachel Sepulveda is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and arranger inspired by jazz, Latin, and R&B grooves. She is a dynamic and captivating performer with a sound that at times is light and vulnerable, yet can also be commanding and powerful. Her genuine 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 her original arrangements and compositions, while also incorporating standard cover material.

Rachel has performed abroad singing for international audiences at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, and also MusicFest Canada. She has shared the stage with other great artists and groups like Randy Brecker, Chico Pinheiro, Deborah Brown, Peter Eldridge of the New York Voices, Sunny Wilkinson, Cedric Dent, Rob Parton, Aaron Scott, Phil Clark, Mark Flugge, Reggie Jackson, Bobby Floyd, and the Battle Creek Symphony.

Rachel makes her home in Columbus, Ohio singing at clubs, restaurants, and festivals throughout the city and the Midwest. She was a featured soloist at the Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival, 2015 and also opened for Lou Donaldson there in 2010 singing alongside Saxophonist, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson. She has performed on stages at the McConnell Arts Center, the Columbus Library Jazz Series, The Columbus Marathon, Red White and Boom, The Columbus Arts Festival, ComFest, and The Gahanna Creekside Jazz Festival. You may also be able to catch her at smaller venues like Black Point Restaurant, Barcelona Restaurant, The Refectory, Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza, Copius Notes, Brother’s Drake, and Dick’s Den.

Ms. Sepulveda recently completed her Masters of Music in jazz performance at Western Michigan University where she directed the student vocal ensemble, GCII and sang with the award winning jazz ensemble, Gold Company. While there, the group won the 2017 Downbeat student award for best large vocal jazz ensemble performance.

Rachel is a passionate supporter of music education and offers private piano and voice lessons. She also leads workshop classes through The Jazz Arts Group Jazz Academy and currently directs the choir at Christ Church Anglican, downtown Columbus. Previous academic appointments include director of the vocal jazz activities at Capital University and also director of the choral activities at The Arts & College Preparatory Academy in Columbus, OH.