Rachel Chinouriri is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Croydon.
Rachel is the youngest in a large family, and the only child born in England rather than her native Zimbabwe.
Her family's traditional Zimbabwean values meant she sometimes felt isolated from her cultural surroundings. She found solace in writing and recording music. Her limited exposure to pop music and her self taught singing/guitar meant she developed a totally unique style.
At the age of 17 she wrote an EP and recorded it on her laptop using a 20.00 pound microphone, mixed it on her mums laptop and dropped it on Soundcloud. The EP is aptly named 'Bedroom Tales', and saw support from BBC Introducing pretty much instantly, establishing Rachel as an act to watch. 2018 see's her continue to develop her style, with more releases due out later this year. The artwork was also composed by Rachel herself, comprised of old family photos.
'So My Darling' follows the Londoner's debut single 'What Have I Ever Done', released last month to critical acclaim.
The video, which Rachel made herself, features webcam footage and voice-notes of her friends who she asked to open up and be expressive, talk about their love and loss, who they miss and who means a lot to them. This trend carries through Rachel's work, and once again offers an insight into whats to come from her later in 2018.
"Her soul-influenced take on the singer-songwriter rulebook places her alongside Nilufer Yanya in giving the solo musician with a guitar a new feel in 2018" - DIY
"The 19 year old South Londoner has a deftness of touch, a softness of execution that seems to render fresh intensity to her every move." - Clash