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Journeys are frequent for this adventure seeking travel enthusiast whose most heartfelt one has been her music. Raquel Aurilia has followed her passion of songwriting and performing with incredible highlights including touring opening 25 cities for John Waite.
When Aurilia is not on the road performing, she spends her time between Scottsdale and Music City, writing and recording. Nashville, being the home base to crossover country and pop artists Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, is the perfect creative place for Aurilia's style of songwriting. Music City has not only afforded her opportunities to write and record in world class studios but also to perform at the legendary Bluebird Café.
"I love to write music and perform because it truly fills my heart when I'm singing and sharing my songs with others," admitsAu rilia. "The quote 'music is my therapy' definitely sums it up for me. It's my outlet, my escape, and my passion."
Aurilia's songwriting journey has taken her to some incredible experiences and noteworthy accolades. From the beginning with her debut record, "Finding My Way", she scored a hit single, "Feels Like" that cracked the ultra-competitive R&R Top 30 AC and Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary charts, landing at #28. The song continues to receive national airplay. More recently in 2017, she was honored as a Hollywood Music in Media Award nominee for singer-songwriter. She has had a strong connection with her music and the television media. Her music has been featured on MTV's hit television shows "The Hills", "The City", and "Taking the Stage".
Aurilia has not traveled this songwriting journey alone. She has been privileged to work with music icons including Grammy Award winning producer Tony Papa (James Brown, Willie Nelson, John Denver), Gardner Cole (Madonna, Jodi Whatley), Wade Martin (R. Kelly, 50 Cent) and Grammy Award nominee Billy Smiley (Johnny Cash, Bebe and Cece Winans, Vince Gill).
The musical journey has steered her out onto the road touring with some legendary musicians. In addition to touring with John Waite, Aurilia has performed opening for blues icon B.B. King, The Gin Blossoms, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Lisa Loeb, and Riders in the Sky.
With a new creative direction, Aurilia has released two singles in 2018, including a live television debut performance and music video for "Pretty Roses", co-written with songwriter Jennifer Adan (known for co-writing Blake Shelton's #1 hit "She Wouldn't Be Gone"), Jonathan Hamby (keyboard player for country superstar, Carrie Underwood), and critically acclaimed producer Michael Lattanzi (whose clientele ranges from rock legends Aerosmith to public figures such as Paris Hilton). Aurilia is excited about continuing to grow as a singer-songwriter, looking forward to writing, recording, and releasing more new music. Her passionate journey as an artist continues.
Last Updated: June 14, 2020