Gracie and Rachel: 2018
Gracie and Rachel at WFUV (photo by Joanna LaPorte)
Recording as Gracie and Rachel, singer and keyboardist Gracie Coates and violinist and vocalist Rachel Ruggles write intimate songs that ebb, flow, and fly with ethereal tension and release. The pair’s music intersects elements of classical and pop, guided by their own dualities and Coates’s very personal lyrics.
The two friends met as high school juniors in Berkeley, California, split in different directions for college, but are now roommates in Brooklyn where their lives revolve around writing music. In 2017, Gracie and Rachel released their confident self-titled debut album, which was swiftly championed by NPR Music. That public radio support continues: Gracie and Rachel have been selected as NPR Slingshot artists for 2018. They’re busily plotting their second album.
Gracie and Rachel have been touring North America with Ani DiFranco this spring, but they recently took a trip to the Bronx for a session at WFUV. The two women spoke about their curious polarity as artistic partners, the importance of empowerment in their music, and their admiration for Danish musician Agnes Obel.