Rachel Kerr (BA Law & Sociology 2005-08) is a rising star in British RnB who has shared the same stage as US megastars Musiq Soulchild, Donell Jones, Avant, Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond. She launched her debut EP 'Back to Music' in January and performed at Bush Hall in London to promote it.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was younger I really wanted to be a singer, but I felt the chances were slim as I knew nobody who even had access to the music industry. Just to be safe I decided to study towards being a lawyer instead.
What was the best careers advice you were given?
Follow your heart. If you are passionate about it, enjoy doing it and are good at it, you’ll succeed at it.
Describe yourself in three words
Ambitious, passionate and musical.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
Thinking of new ways of being innovative with my sound. Music is really fast paced and it’s easy - as an up and coming artist- to be left behind. Constantly thinking of new ways to be interesting and relevant can be challenging but at the same time I love it.
I also head up the marketing division of a recruitment agency. Late night and overseas performances whilst holding down a full time manager position can leave you feeling a little exhausted but at the same time when I’m not always busy I’m not happy .
What have you done that you are most proud of?
I’m really proud of being the first artist to have been nominated for a MOBO award before ever having an official release.
What drives you?
The fear of regret. I can’t die knowing I had a gift inside me that could have inspired and helped so many people across the world but they just never got the chance to hear it.
What single thing would most improve the quality of your life?
I can honestly say I’m so blessed to do what I do and have achieved so much thus far. Naturally the end goal is to be a musician full time get a major recording contract and sell records all over the world as there are so many people I know I can help and provide for. However until this breakthrough happens the quality of my life is top notch, no complaints.
What three objects would you take with you to a desert island?
- My Apple Macbook Pro and dongle
- My blackberry (hopefully with signal)
- My bible.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?
Making music full time and at the top of charts across the world. I also would love to start a professional performing arts school for young people in the Midlands.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a good person who worked tirelessly to achieve her goals and improve the lives of everybody around her.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Warwick?
So many, from being African and Caribbean Society President, working as a Student Caller, my first university ball (the Law Society Ball), hanging out in the piazza on summer afternoon after exams... I could go on FOREVER!
There is so much pressure to fit the ‘corporate model’ of becoming a corporate lawyer, accountant, investment banker, management consultant etc because these are the only job options that we are told are for the best and the brightest graduates. If you were anything like me you’d pursue that route not necessarily because you wanted to but because all your friends were and you wanted to make your family proud.
When bumping into a fellow Warwick graduate later on down the line and the dreaded question of ‘what are you doing now?’ is asked, everyone wants to say they’re in some high flying career but should this really be at the expense of your overall fulfilment and happiness?
My advice to new graduates is to value your time, if you have a God-given talent and a passion to use it for good... use it! Don’t waste time in career options that are to please other people, follow your heart, work hard and success is guaranteed.
Anything else you would like to add?
You can view one of my performances here:
My first official release ‘Back to Music’ can be purchased here.
Rachel Kerr: the facts
|Education:||University of Warwick: Law and Sociolgy|
|Career:||Singer/ Songwriter, Marketing Manager|
|Interests:||Music, music and ... needless to say music|