Rachael Yamagata

Mostly Credited As: Rachael Yamagata
Date Of Birth: September 23, 1978 (Age 37)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Arlington, Virginia
Height: 5' 4" (1.62 m)

Rachael Yamagata

Singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata grew up listening to Carole King, Roberta Flack, James Taylor, and the like, for music was the one thing in Yamagata's life that remained consistent. Although her parents divorced when she was two, she had a wonderful childhood and she credits her parents for doing such an amazing job. Finding a balance between her German-Italian mother's apartment in New York City and the Washington, D.C., home of her third-generation Japanese father was a task, but it readied Yamagata for a way of life that would eventually lead her to a professional singing career. By the time she reached college in the mid-'90s, Yamagata had one year of piano lessons and a spiral notebook full of songs under her belt. Not sure of what she really wanted to do, Yamagata headed to Northwestern to study French. Within a year, she switched to being an Italian theater major at Vassar, but sporadic changes loomed ahead. When her acting coach at Vassar moved to Barnard College at Columbia University, Yamagata thought she'd go too. She eventually decided to head back to Northwestern instead, to join their theater program. During her junior year, she befriended the funk band Bumpus. Bumpus was a mainstay on the club circuit in Chicago. From the start, Yamagata thought she'd like to be a part of the band. After seeing countless shows and attending band practices for several months, Yamagata finally landed a gig singing with Bumpus. She'd spend six years writing and recording three albums with the band and touring the country. By 2001, Yamagata felt like her time with Bumpus had run its course. She had a solid batch of songs that weren't fitting in with the band's funkafied formula, so she went solo. In September 2002, Yamagata landed a deal with Arista's Private Music and her self-titled EP arrived in October. Her first full-length album, Happenstance, followed in June 2004.

TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Maddow, Rachael Yamagata 17x19: (Oct/09/2008) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  Dana Carvey, Jamie Oliver, Rachael Yamagata 13x33: (Nov/11/2004) As Herself 

The O.C. (2003) 
  The Second Chance 02x11: (Feb/03/2005) As Herself 

The Saturday Early Show (1997) 
  Season 8, Episode 8 08x08: (Oct/23/2004) As Herself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Peter Gallagher, Pun Yin, Rachael Yamagata 11x117: (May/14/2004) As Herself 
Featured Songs

Alias Songs:
Fait Accompli + 1963 
A Man of His Word + Meet Me By The Water 
Grey's Anatomy Songs:
I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watchin' Me + Brown Eyes 
I Will Follow You Into the Dark + Duet 
One Tree Hill Songs:
Some Roads Lead Nowhere + Horizon 
Men in Trees Songs:
Talk for Tat + I Want You 
ER Songs:
Back in the World + I'll Find a Way 
The Vampire Diaries Songs:
The Day I Tried To Live + Keep Going 
The O.C. Songs:
The Second Chance + Reason Why 
The New Kids on the Block + Worn Me Down 
Smallville Songs:
Forsaken (1) + Reason Why 
Summerland Songs:
Life In A Fishbowl + Reason Why 
Cashmere Mafia Songs:
The Deciders + The Reason Why 
Everwood Songs:
Staking Claim + Worn Me Down 
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Was a member of the band Bumpus.

Her father a lawyer is of Japanese decent and her mother painter is of German-Italian descent.

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