Singer-songwriter Rachel McCullough's bittersweet songs about love, longing and finding your own habitat, are all dressed up in an upbeat pop-rock style with a swipe of black eyeliner. Try as she might, Rachel can't stop writing songs. Rachel's vocals have been described as "captivating" and "wickedly sweet" evoking comparisons ranging from Chrissy Hynde to Alanis Morissette to Gwen Stefani.
Live shows feature area bassists Tony Simpson and Tom Callan and noted drummers Danny Coleman and Ron Kirkland.
Black Cat Habitat brings its high energy, passionate songs into the ears of audiences throughout the NJ/NY/PA area. Black Cat Habitat can open or headline and play originals and covers.
The June 2016 release of Jam the Signal launched with a CD Release Party at Havana, New Hope. Songs like the title track and “Ambushed” are made to listen on the road or while watching a Marvel comic-inspired trailer with the sound notably off. “Somebody Brought You Home” starts off as a quiet anthem before emotions break. “Broke My Heart” and “The Big Mistake” finds Rachel's songwriting evolution squarely back in the arms of rock, with big vocals and poignant lyrics.
Rachel's musical influences include the Beatles, the Jam, the Pretenders, Blondie, Linda Ronstadt, U2, Aimee Mann, Juliana Hatfield, the Foo Fighters, Sesame Street, and all things SubPop and Brit.
What's a Rubin Kinkaid?
While in Washington D.C.’s alt-pop band Rubin Kinkaid , Rachel wrote and recorded the albums Pink Elephant, Don't Ask, and Not a War (see She sounds like "Deb."). Songs like Pink Elephant, Apathy, and Deserve (John Lennon Song Contest Honor) received press in the Washington Post, Washington Times, and the D.C. City Paper.
She sounds like "Deb."
Rachel is her middle name, but up until a few years ago, she went by her first name, Deb.