WRITTEN BY JONATHAN WIDRAN
More than simply the proverbial “old musical soul” that happens to arrive in the free spirited life of a normal 16-year-old, Rachelle Dobin is an emerging artist of both extraordinary talent and incredible vision. While most singer/songwriters her age are eager to simply merge their dreams into the one shot, cookie cutter marketing ideas of industry veterans, the Southern California based Dobin is making things happen on her own terms—developing an alternative rock style and vibe unlike any other recording artist out there.
For an artist whose first album is still in the works, she continues to dazzle with an ongoing slate of notable accolades. At age 13, she was recording demos for famed songwriter Diane Warren. She’s worked with Danny Wilde of The Rembrandts (“Theme From TV’s ‘Friends’”), performed at Shaq’s Athletes And Entertainers for Kids (a charity for disadvantaged children), opened an event for the Backstreet Boy’s Howie Dorough and BoyzIIMen, and has sung for a hundreds of thousands of people at prestigious venues like Dodger Stadium, Staples Center and the California Speedway.
Now, the slow building buzz around the multi-talented vocal sensation reaches a fever pitch with her selection as “Best Vocalist of The Month” by key industry tastemaker website SingerUniverse.com. The competition honors and publicizes top vocalists who submit their demos to the site each month.
Dobin, who is represented by The William Morris Agency, was chosen for her powerhouse emotional performance of “My Reflection,” an original song co-written by her and producer Toby Gad, best known for his work with The Veronicas, Fatty Koo and on the soundtrack to the film Hitch. Gad wrote the underlying tracks for the tune and Dobin composed the song’s melody and lyrics.
Part hypnotic and haunting ballad, part soaring, fiery rocker, the instantly memorable track—and sure candidate for a future pop hit--is an incredible showcase for Dobin’s beautiful voice and full vocal range.
In addition to capturing the depth of Dobin’s maturity as a singer and songwriter, “My Reflection” posits her on the music industry landscape as a unique artist that is all at once sultry and seductive, yet raw, edgy and fully in command.
“What I like about the song is that it’s so different from most of the songs today’s female singers are performing,” she says. “The beautiful piano he plays at the beginning really inspired me to create a strong story with imagery I know listeners will be able to relate to. The different moods of the song fit who I am and what I would like to put into the world creatively.”
As the current winner of “Best Vocalist of The Month,” Dobin will be featured on SingerUniverse.com’s home page with a very positive feature article, a photo, an MP3 of her demo and a link to her website. Along with the other four finalists, she will also be featured on the site’s monthly email newsletter. Dobin’s “Best Vocalist of The Month” article will remain online indefinitely, so that the article can be read (and the demo heard) for many months to come.