Scarlett Rabe On Strength of “Battle Cry” Single, Scarlett Rabe Winning the Fight for National Attention

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On Strength of “Battle Cry” Single, Scarlett Rabe Winning the Fight for National Attention
11 March 2014

On Strength of “Battle Cry” Single, Scarlett Rabe Winning the Fight for National Attention

Classically trained songstress featured in American Songwriter as radio airplay surges across the U.S.

 “We predict Grammys for this woman.”(Asha Dahya, Girl Talk HQ)
(New York, NY) – April 9, 2014

Scarlett Rabe, the songwriter known for what Marie Claire describes as her “haunting riffs and empowering words,” was recently featured in American Songwriter. The interview comes as Scarlett, now preparing for a string of April and May shows in California, enjoys increased radio airplay of her hit “Battle Cry” throughout the U.S. Scarlett, forbidden as a child from participating in popular culture, discussed with American Songwriter her late introduction to pop music, her songwriting heroes, and her tendency to get involved in “every single aspect” of her career. Scarlett recently debuted the new lyric video for “Battle Cry,” the first single off her EP Scarlett. Now with over one million Facebook fans, she has earned comparisons to Florence and the Machine and Feist. Scarlett is available on iTunes.

“Battle Cry” was recently added to radio stations across Colorado, Missouri and the East Coast. The song is an anthem that features lyrics of female empowerment and endurance. When asked by American Songwriter which of her songs she is most proud of, “Battle Cry” immediately came to mind: “The song is very emotional and powerful for me. It’s the first time I could say the things I said with that kind of conviction.” “Battle Cry” has already received airplay on stations such as KSPN in Aspen, CO, KBAC in Santa Fe, NM, and KCLC in St. Louis, MO. Stations in Virginia and New Jersey will begin playing the song next week.

Scarlett’s first exposure to pop and rock music came from secretly listening to the radio as a child. Her parents did not allow her to watch television or listen to the radio. Instead, they preached the classical arts. Scarlett described to American Songwriter the effects of her strict upbringing on how she interprets music: “There are a lot of social and cultural cues that we absorb through music and pop culture – some subliminally and some very consciously. Those were never there for me, which always made me feel a bit of a void. I’d say the most dramatic shaping happened as I started to experience everything at once. I ingested music voraciously and as comprehensively as I could, and I still do.” According to Scarlett, the effects of this thorough consumption of music are that “there are no lines for me, no boundaries, no context – just the songs and the music for what they are.” 

Based in Los Angeles, Scarlett claims as her songwriting heroes Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Carole King. She cites pianists like Bella Davidovich and Vladimir Horowitz as her classical influences, while more modern giants such as Elton John, Tori Amos, and Ray Charles inspire Scarlett in how they “completely own the piano, but in their own unique way.” Much like these icons, Scarlett is extremely hands-on as it pertains to her career: “There’s a lot more than just writing music that goes on behind the scenes. I’m a pretty comprehensive girl, and I’m very intense. So for me, this is a constant focus, and I’m involved with every single aspect.” 
Scarlett is currently preparing for four live performances along the West Coast:


April 30: Hotel Cafe – Los Angeles, CA
May 9th: Lestat’s West – San Diego, CA 
May 13th: Hotel Utah Saloon – San Francisco, CA
May 20th: Hemmingway’s – Los Angeles, CA


For more sights, sounds and news from Scarlett Rabe, visit her official site and the following social media:


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