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Rachel Lindsey Potter (born August 21, 1984) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She made her broadway debut in 2011 as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, and in 2012, appeared as The Mistress in the Broadway revival of Evita. Potter released her debut EP entitled Live the Dream in 2012, and her first full-length album "Not So Black and White" in March 2015. She is also a member of the country trio "Steel Union" along with Donny Fallgatter and Josh Matheny.
Potter was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but was raised in Seminole, Florida.
Potter has lived in Orlando, Florida but currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. At the age of 12, Rachel began writing original songs to cope with her mother being diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. While working at Disney World, she also completed a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Central Florida in 2008. After graduating from college she moved to New York where she got a job singing in a wedding band.
In 2003, Potter moved to Orlando, Florida. Following a friend's suggestion, she auditioned for a singing job at Walt Disney World. Having never been to a theatrical audition before, Rachel came with a headshot (a picture of her singing into a microphone) and a resume with details of her tenure as an employee at the GAP.
Potter was cast as Ariel in the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. She subsequently went on to perform as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Nemo in Finding Nemo: The Musical, and a slew of other shows at Disney. In 2008, she made it in the Top 15 in the MTV reality show Legally Blonde – The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods.
Potter played Wednesday Addams in the musical version of The Addams Family. Later on, Potter was cast in the 2012 revival of Evita, in which she portrayed Peron's mistress, alongside Ricky Martin, Elena Roger, and Michael Cerveris.
Potter began her career as a recording artist at age 16 when she was signed to contemporary Christian label Narrow Door Records. In 2002, she released “Come Back Home”, an album of 10 of her own songs.
She appeared in the second national tour of the stage musical Wicked. While on tour, she reconnected with Justin York, an old friend who had become a Nashville musician, producer and songwriter, known for his work with Nashville-bred rock band Paramore. Potter released her first EP, "Live the Dream".
She raised funds through an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign to record her dream country project. The “Help Me Live the Dream” concept resonated with people from near and far who helped Potter to exceed the original financial goal. The official music video for "Live the Dream" was released on October 17, 2012, on Potter's channel. Potter performed on CBS New York singing "Hold On To Me".
Potter began performing a series of concerts at Joe's Pub to promote "Live the Dream", she performed with Constantine Maroulis, Ricky Martin, Elena Roger, Michael Cerveris, The Vanity Belles, and The Country Band. Potter's unreleased single “The Verdict” was nominated for Best Country Song in the Independent Music Awards. Potter was featured in mashup of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” and Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” by VoicePlay, an Orlando-based 5-member a cappella group as well as VoicePlay's cover of Chandelier (Sia song)
In 2014, Potter launched a crowdfunded campaign using Pledge Music to fund her most recent album, "Not So Black and White." She released the first single, "Boomerang," a duet with Anthem Lights member, Joey Stamper in October 2014. The full album was released on March 3, 2015. It was reviewed in Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Billboard, Entertainment Tonight, Country Weekly, Taste of Country, and The Boot. CMT featured her music videos for "Boomerang" and "Tail Lights" on their CMT Pure Channel in the "New Artist Spotlight."Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments