Praised by critics for her intimately confessional songwriting and
arrangements, Rachael released her last album, Elephants...Teeth
Sinking Into Heart on Warner Bros. Records in October of 2008.
Entertainment Weekly called her delivery "Gorgeous" and Rolling Stone
said her "soulful, cigarette-scratched voice and melancholy lyrics
recall Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey." She toured extensively in support
of the album playing to crowds throughout the United States, Europe
and Asia. Songs from the album appeared in various television programs
and films including Greys Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers and
Sisters and more. She also made an appearance in the season finale of
30 Rock in 2009.
Yamagata emerged in 2005 when songs from Happenstance and her
self-titled debut EP, turned up in such films and television shows as
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, In Her Shoes, Prime, How I Met Your
Mother, Nip/Tuck, One Tree Hill, and The O.C., on which she made a
guest performance. The single "Worn Me Down" was a Top 5 Hit at AAA
Radio. She also appeared on albums by Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne,
Jason Mraz, Bright Eyes, and Mandy Moore. Her tours have included runs
with Adams, LaMontagne, Moore, Liz Phair, Gomez, and Sara Bareilles,
as well as playing shows with Pete Townsend, Aimee Mann, David Gray,
Damien Rice, and Air.