Rachel Zello Biography
Rachel Zello Biography
The most meaningful songs are inspired by real life stories of tragedy and triumph. Few things have more impact than music that cut through the heart numbing pain of shattered relationships. Like most of us, Rachel Zello, a new Christian recording artist that has exploded on the contemporary Christian and Praise and Worship music scene with her debut single, “Set Me Free,” has experienced ups and downs, failure and success, and through a special God-given ability she uses her powerful voice, wide range, and unique resonate tone to strike an emotional chord that is universally relatable.
Zello is a contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter from Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has performed across America, in India, Uzbekistan, Israel, Guatemala, toured with Aaron Boyd (formerly BlueTree), Dove nominated writer of the hit worship song, “God of This City" in 2018. In 2018 she caught the attention of the Recording Academy and was placed on the ballot for two Grammy considerations (2019).
After experiencing a personal traumatic event in 2011, Rachel ran to God who is near to the broken hearted and found healing in her journey with Him. In describing what motivates her, Zello explained, “through my music, I want to help others experience the same healing and freedom I found and give them hope so they can see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” At the age of 14, Rachel entered her first national singing competition, was the first ever female junior vocalist showcased, and performed at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
The daughter of missionaries, Zello has traveled the world and her love for music was influenced by watching and listening to others passionately worship God in their native languages. She is a strong advocate for the smallest victims of human sex trafficking. Every year, she spends Christmas (her birthday) and the New Year in India with children rescued from the red-light district, showering them with gifts. As a vocal artist, she represents Jewels 4 God International, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps rescue women and children from human trafficking. Zello comes from a Godly legacy, which also greatly influenced her love and passion for hurting people. Her grandparents were pioneers in the worldwide ministry of Teen Challenge with David Wilkerson (her grandmother, Kay, is mentioned in critically acclaimed best-selling book, The Cross and the Switchblade). Zello serves a worship artist and fundraising representative for Jewels 4 God International, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps rescue women and children from human trafficking.
Zello’s debut single, “Set Me Free,” off her upcoming full-length album, released on August 10, 2018, is inspired by her personal story and Psalms 34:18. Working with multi Grammy and Dove Award winning producer Glenn Tabor III (Elevation Worship, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman) Zello has crafted an exceptional debut that showcases her heartfelt vocals and meaningful songwriting. Tabor said about Zello, “Rachel is one of those people you meet in life who is real and passionate about her relationship with the Lord. It is an honor to help her share that through her talents and love of music.” The single release is accompanied by a music video that plays like a movie with breathtaking cinematography produced by Madelenn Tabor, CMVA 2018 Music Video of the Year Award winner. "Originally, I went to GAT3 Studios to record one song.” Zello says. “Through the encouragement of Glenn, the one song turned into an EP, and then the EP turned into a full album. What I love is that everyone at the studio recognizes that I am a fun-loving person full of joy and no longer broken. They have become like family and can clearly see that I am not defined by what happened to me. I am defined by who I am in Jesus Christ.”
When not on tour, Rachel attends LifePoint Church (Pastor Daniel Floyd) in Virginia, one of the largest and fastest growing multi-site churches in America.
“I don’t want others to just be entertained and observe when I sing,” Zello said about her performances. “I also want them to participate and encounter a personal, loving God who identifies with them in every way, and who cares about every detail of their lives.”
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