Bio

Rachel Garlin is a San Francisco-based singer-songwriter releasing a new record this year. "Mondegreens" is a 10-song album produced by Julie Wolf and recorded at the historic Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. It features Todd Sickafoose on bass and James DePrato on guitar, among others. 

Garlin is a songwriter's songwriter who pens "finely etched songs that respect the folk tradition" (SF Bay Guardian). Her live performances combine a warm stage presence with the same folk, rock and roots flavors that season her recordings. Media fans include Diffuser Magazine and Curve Magazine who called her lyrical work “storytelling at its best.” 

Recently, Garlin collaborated with Pollen Music Group on a new, digital musical that premiered in Paris in October 2019. Garlin wrote the title track "Out There" which features the voice of Vanessa Williams. 

A native of Berkeley, Garlin has toured as far as Sweden and Scotland (her mother's homeland) to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her songs aired on NPR’s Democracy Now!, Click and Clack’s Car Talk and are featured in several documentary films. She has headlined at Club Passim, The Bitter End, and other clubs of national standing including the Freight and Salvage where she recorded a live album. 

Garlin is part of a community of songwriters who lead workshops at music festivals and share their music with groups that may not always have access to the arts. She mentors songwriters at Sunset Youth Services, an agency that supports in-risk youth in San Francisco and is currently producing an EP for a youth artist named Dela. 

Garlin lives in San Francisco with her wife and kids.

Background

Garlin grew up in a music-infused household and spent as much time learning folk songs on her dad’s Gibson J-50 as she did practicing her jump-shot with the State Championship Berkeley High basketball team. She went on to become a member of the Harvard hoops team while cutting her teeth at open mics in and around Cambridge, MA.  

Before becoming a full-time singer-songwriter, Garlin earned her teaching credential and taught in public schools in Phoenix, Berkeley and New York. Carrying the stories of her students with her, she began recording and touring. Her first two albums were collaborations with Lisa Zeiler (from the folk trio Rebecca Riots.)