Multi-award winning International Singer, Speaker & Entrepreneur
Rachel made history as the first British Female artist to win a MOBO Award (2012) & UK Entertainment Award (2016) in her category as well as the first British Female artist to release a free-mixtape in 2016 entitled 'Unboxed'. She has received personal invitations to sing for the former US President and was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet with the UK Prime Minister where she was commended for her contributions to music.
Rachel Charmaine Kerr professionally known as Rachel Kerr is a British singer/songwriter and entrepreneur born in Walsall, United Kingdom. She is also the CEO and founder of international performing arts academy Singercise™. She is a member of the Grammy Award Association and a BET Music Matters endorsed artist. Her debut EP release Back To Music, was released in 2012 and went on to win the singer her first MOBO Music Award and a 2012 Urban Music Award nomination. Kerr has toured the US, UK and Africa opening for the likes of Lauryn Hill, Brandy, Musiq Soulchild, K. Michelle, Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond.
Early Life & Education
Kerr was born in Walsall, United Kingdom on 30 May and is the eldest of two. She grew up in the West Midlands, UK with her family and began singing at a young age at Chuckery Road Pentecostal Church in Walsall. She is the daughter of renowned gospel singer/songwriter, Dalton Kerr who is the founder of mass gospel choirs such as Re:Mission and Choir Light. Her mother was the lead vocalist of the gospel group One Accord - a band comprised of Rachel’s mother and aunties. Rachel was singing lead in her church choir from 5 years old and began songwriting aged 9.
Kerr attended St Margaret’s Church of England Infant School where she began her classical training in violin (a discipline she continued until 18 years old). Rachel also began taking dance lessons from the age of 6 (a discipline she continued into her 20s).
Rachel attended Performing Art’s Academy Blue Coat Comprehensive School where she began studying for her GCSE’s. She graduated from high school as the only student in her school year to graduate with straight A and A* grades across all of her subjects an achievement that was later rewarded by her regional council with a TORA Educational Award for 'Outstanding Academic Achievement'. It was during her studies where she appeared on popular ITV talent competition Stars In Their Eyes as her "musical icon”, the late R&B songtress Aaliyah, becoming the youngest contestant at the time to appear on the show.
Rachel Kerr holds a BA honours in Law and Sociology from the University of Warwick. During her time at University she was elected President of the African and Caribbean Society as well as Faculty Student Ambassador. Kerr moved to London after her University graduation.
During her GCSE studies when she was 15 years old, Kerr appeared as the youngest contestant at the time on ITV’s popular talent contest Stars In Their Eyes where is impersonated her musical icon the late R&B songtress Aaliyah Houghton.
Kerr earned her first international songwriting credits in 2008 whilst studying at the University of Warwick, where she began working with The Ministry of Sound, writing and featuring on their ‘Ultimate Garage’ 2008 compilation album. She moved to London in a bid to further her legal career in 2010 but signed to Elegance Management.
In 2010 the singer was invited to tour as an opening act for Gospel singers, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp. Soon after she shared the same stage as CeeCee & BeBe Winans at Wembley Arena in front of 20,000 people at one of the UK’s largest music festivals, Oraclez.
Shortly after she was invited to Denmark to write with Jonas Jeberg and Cutfather as well as tour the Caribbean where she visited Martinique, Barbados, Guadeloupe and St Lucia performing her original songs to crowds of up to 50,000 people. Upon her return to the UK she was nominated for her first MOBO nomination.She was also nominated for an Urban Music Award in the same year. Kerr made history as the first artist to be nominated for a MOBO Award with no officially released music. In the same year of her first MOBO Award nomination the singer was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron where she was commended for her contributions to British Music.
In 2012 Kerr released her first EP entitled ‘Back to Music’. Mastered in Abbey Road Studios by Master Engineer Geoff Pesche (credits also include Kylie Minogue, Coldplay) the EP went on to win a MOBO Award in 2012 and Urban Music Award nomination. This win made Kerr the first ever female solo artist to win in her category. The most notable hit from the EP was a song penned by Kerr entitled ‘Hold My Hand’.
For the launch of her EP, Rachel sold out London's prestigious Bush Hall.
In the same year as her MOBO Award win Kerr was personally invited to sing for Former US President Bill Clinton at an annual fundraising event for the Clinton Foundation. Here the singer met and was personally commended by the Former US President. As well as the Former President, celebrity attendees included Lily Cole, Princess Beatrice, Gwyneth Paltrow and Will.i.am amongst others.
In 2013 Rachel released her sophomore EP release ‘Getting Started’. Her lead single from the release was again written by Rachel and was entitled ‘I Will Love Me’. Shorlty after its release Kerr was picked up by BET Music Matters as a BET approved feature artist and commenced with a US Tour where she shared the stage with the likes of K. Michelle & Sevyn Streeter. It was during this tour that Rachel performed at legendary music venues in LA and New York headlining at The House of Blues and S.O.B's respectively.
When back in London Rachel received invitation to open up at the Indigo O2 Arena for her long time R&B music inspiration, Brandy.
In 2014 Rachel released a Christmas Album where she re-wrote seven popular Christmas carols. The release was a free download gift to her supporters and received over 50,000 downloads in the first month of its release.
In the Autumn of 2015 Kerr released ‘All For You’ a self penned song with clear influences from old school soul greats such as Sam Cooke. Shortly after her release Rachel was invited to sing with another one of her music inspirations Ms Lauryn Hill in Africa. It was here that Ms Hill affirmed Rachel as the ‘next key voice of music’.
In September of 2016 Rachel released a free16 track mixtape. The mixtape is called ‘Unboxed’. The mixtape enjoyed commercial radio rotation from the UK’s no1 hit commercial radio station Capital Xtra FM and has received a lot of international attention from the US, Africa & Europe.
In 2012 Kerr, founded a Performing Arts Academy called Singercise. The academy has bases in both London and Africa. And to date has provided vocal coaching to key international talent platforms such as X Factor and The Voice. The Singercise academy has also provided vocal training and consultancy for international celebrities such as Tiwa Savage, P-Square, Korede Bello, Waje and UK girl group Neon Jungle. The Academy has also been entrusted by major UK labels such as Sony RCA to train and coach some of their newly signed talent.