Rachel Potter, the multi-talented country singer, Broadway star and former finalist on The X Factor, will release Music City Christmas, on December 7th. A collection of collaborations, Potter self-produced the EP and co-engineered it with Brad Sample.
To bring new life to some of her favorite holiday tunes, Potter called upon her circle of friends and family. Internationally renowned artists such as singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas (known both for her original tunes and hits written for artists such as Miranda Lambert, Katharine McPhee and Reba McEntire), The Young Fables (recently seen on Real Country), Patrick Thomas (Team Blake on The Voice and touring member of Country Legends), Steel Union, dobro player Josh Matheny and rising country star Mae Estes are all featured on the EP. Potter’s own mother, Tonya Potter Shaw, also lends her voice to “Silent Night” in a unique harmony that they’ve shared since Potter was a young child.
Potter first broke onto the national stage when she appeared on MTV’s Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods. After placing in the top 15, she went on to star as Glinda in the national tour of the smash hit, Wicked. She later made her Broadway debut as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, playing opposite both Bebe Neuwirth and Brooke Shields as Morticia. Next, she originated the role of The Mistress in the Tony Nominated revival of Evita, starring Ricky Martin and Michael Cerveris and is featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording singing her stand-out song, "Another Suitcase in Another Hall."
With a piece of heart having always been in country music, she left behind the "Great White Way" to find her place among the neon lights of Music City. Potter went on to become a Top 12 finalist on season 3 of FOX’s The X Factor, earning international acclaim for her country rendition of Queen's "Somebody to Love." Her take on the classic tune, which has now reached over 40 million views on YouTube, is featured on her solo album, Not So Black and White. Since relocating to Nashville, Potter has released two solo albums, two original EPs (one featuring Steel Union), a Christmas EP and a series of cover singles and videos, all of which have been praised by outlets such as Rolling Stone, Billboard and Huffington Post, among others. She also frequently lends her voice to recordings with acapella groups VoicePlay and Voctave. In addition, she tours the country as a soloist with Country Legends, a symphony pops concert showcasing the last century’s most iconic country music.