“I’m alright by me!” This heartfelt line from one of Rachel Goetz Deering’s humorous songs captures the essence of her quirky and earnest approach to life. Country Roger Hooper of Buddy Magazine calls the song “…a slice of wry pie. It says it all from a funky white girl who cares, but not enough to lose her cool if things don’t work out to someone else’s idea of perfection. Right on, Ms. Goetz!” Rachel’s songs about everyday life reveal the poignant perspective of an unconventional girl from Garland, Texas.
Rachel began her lifelong relationship with music in first grade when she began taking piano lessons after school from Sister Elizabeth Anne in the convent behind Good Shepherd Catholic School. She started penning modest poetry not long after and a passion for combining music and words to create art was born.
As a teenager, Rachel added singing to her musical repertoire, becoming a member of the honors choir at North Garland High School, winning the coveted role as Mrs. Dilber in the school musical The Stingiest Man in Town, and topping it off by being crowned Garland Junior Miss of 1980. Rachel went on to make her hometown proud by winning the talent competition in the statewide Texas Junior Miss Pageant.
In college at the University of North Texas, where she majored in Radio, Television and Film, Rachel took up the guitar and began songwriting. During a year of study at the Sorbonne in Paris, she spent her time strumming the guitar on the banks of the Seine, sharing cheap red wine and fresh baguettes with other expatriate students and speaking broken French with a Texan accent.
Always cooking up new ideas, Rachel thought it would be fun to have some real “Christmas jam” to go with Milo’s “Christmas Jam” CD for the release party in December 2003. The cranberry/jalapeno jam was such a hit they decided to put it in a jar and sell it with the Christmas CDs for a novel gift idea and Acoustic Kitchen was born.
Rachel’s come to the conclusion, like many of us do, that life is a voyage with many destinations along the way. She’s made stops at places where she would have liked to linger for a while longer and a few places where she couldn’t high-tail it out of town fast enough – all of which have made her journey so far pretty darn interesting.
Rachel looks forward to new adventures as she keeps traveling down the road of life and hopes to continue sharing, through her music, some of the simple pleasures – and humorous situations - she encounters along the way.