On May 9, singer-songwriter and YouTube sensation Rachel Griffin chatted with Digital Journal, where she opened up about her new single “I’m Different.”
“I wrote the song because I was frustrated with the negative comments and limitations people would place on me. I often compose to feel better about something that's bothering me. The chorus says ‘breaking the limits you set on me.’ I love the idea that limits and boundaries are illusory and we can accomplish anything in life. We have a choice to believe or not believe in those limits. I hope ‘I'm Different’ can help empower some listeners,” she stated with excitement.
Particularly impressive about Rachel is that she possesses a three octave vocal range and her videos have garnered well over 1.5 million views on YouTube. “It’s really great to be able to reach so many people through YouTube. I’m a girl from my own home with no big companies helping me. I love that YouTube gives anyone that opportunity. I love connecting with people all over the world through music. It’s awesome,” she exclaimed. Rachel noted that she is a fan of pop songstress Demi Lovato. “Demi’s voice is phenomenal. I do have her on my iPod. Her song ‘Skyscraper’ is so beautiful and empowering,” she said.
Rachel has been mentored by veteran songwriter, singer and pianist Bruce Hornsby. “Bruce is the best. There’s nothing like being mentored by him. I am inspired by his music. I feel so lucky,” she said.
Her music has garnered rave reviews from Gavin DeGraw and such publications as Face Magazine, The Portland Press Herald and Portland Phoenix, among many others. “It means a lot to received positive feedback from music critics. It helps you gain confidence that you are going in the right direction. I am really lucky to have such fantastic media outlets in my home state supporting my music,” she acknowledged.
On her plans for the future, she shared, “I plan to put out an EP this summer and a full-length album this fall. I plan to keep on writing a lot of music, hone my piano skills and perform as much as possible. One day, I would like to start a non-profit organization for underprivileged children, in an effort to help them gain access to music lessons.
Rachel revealed that once her new EP is complete, she would like to play live shows in New York City. “I would like to tell my fans that everyone is born with a wonderful gift to give the world. You were born deserving love, care and you were born valuable. If people get you down, focus on making a positive difference in the world.”
To learn more about Rachel Griffin, visit her official website.