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Hi, I'm Rae. If you're here, it's because you like magical realism books, driving on the open road, and Americana music that sounds like Enya made a song with Aldous Harding at a dive bar in Montana.
Born on an island near Seattle, Rae Isla’s americana pop songs capture the turmoils and triumphs of being a young queer woman who’s unafraid of change.
Rae got her start on the opposite coast in Brooklyn’s indie scene, collaborating on early releases with producer Gianluca Buccelati (Lana Del Rey, Arlo Parks), artist Dominique, and guitarist Lito de la Isla of the band Los Rumberos. She self-produced and released her first EP in 2018. After five years in NYC, Rae now divides her time between Brooklyn, Seattle, and Mexico City.
Her debut album Another Life, produced with Garrett Eaton (Holly Miranda, Gracie & Rachel), is a ten-track journey detailing the end of a relationship and the subsequent loss, exploration, and reinvention that happens afterwards. At times exuding warm earthiness and others biting introspection, Rae examines her own life while seemingly hovering just above it. Another Life sees Rae depart from her more pop-centric sound and settle into what she describes as her roots of folk, country, and americana. The album is featured in Rolling Stone MX, Country Queer, Complex, Popdust, Out Front, Los40 Mexico and more. It charted #163 in NACC’s top 200.
WARP Magazine feature (2021)
Rollingstone MX “Artist to Know“ (2021)
Country Queer album review (2021)
Country Queer interview (2021)
OUT NOW feature (2021)
Newlywed Records interview (2021)
Cultura Mainstream feature (2021)
Out Front Magazine premiere (2020)
COMPLEX UK premiere (2019)
Atwood Magazine feature (2019)
Popdust feature (2019)
EUPHORIA premiere (2019)
Earmilk premiere (2018)
Highlark Magazine “Rae Isla is a Godsent” (2018)
New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge (700), Gramercy Theater (500), Mercury Lounge (250), SoHo House (200)
Brooklyn, NY - National Sawdust (350), Rough Trade (250), Sultan Room (200), Union Pool (150)
Seattle, WA - Fremont Abbey (250), Triple Door (250)
Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall (340), Middle East Club (200)
Philadelphia, PA - City Winery Loft (160)
Nashville, TN - Tempo (100)
Greenville, SC - Radio Room (65)
Mexico City, MX - Departamento (100)