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Three-time reigning CCMA Group of the Year and five-time CCMA Roots Artist/Album of the Year, The Washboard Union are among Canada’s preeminent country bands, and one of the most talked about Canadian bands today. Led by step-brothers Aaron Grain & Chris Duncombe and their best friend David John Roberts, The Washboard Union share a love for the art of songwriting and storytelling that has resonated with audiences from North America to Europe. Certified Gold twice in Canada, the band has had seven Top 10 hits and numerous top 20 hits, and was the first country band to win the JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year; a multi-genre category. On their latest album Everbound, released in April 2020, The Washboard Union keeps the good times rolling with an irresistible blend of roof-raising anthems and poignant ballads, coupled with their impeccable three-part harmony and top-notch musicianship.
The Washboard Union have also donated their music and merchandise to countless other charitable events including Basic for Babies (BC), STARS Air Ambulance fundraisers (CAN), Gone Country Cancer Fundraiser (BC), Love of Children Charity Golf Classic (AB), Listowel Arena Fundraiser (ON), Red Cross fundraiser for Fort Mac (AB), and many more, proving their passion extends from the joy in their hearts into everything they do. This is a band that cares deeply about their fans, and anyone who has seen them live knows The Washboard Union engage with their audience at every opportunity. One of the busiest bands touring in Canada, The Washboard Union have played nearly every stage between Vancouver Island and Newfoundland, over to Europe and back, and have shared the stage with Old Dominion, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakam, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Thomas Rhett, Lonestar, and more.
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planned to go on to study jazz guitar, but not being able to deny her desire to be in Nashville writing songs, she respectfully declined her acceptance to Capilano University in North Vancouver and instead made the move to Nashville.
Cole is a recipient of a CCMA Award and the winner of many other accolades from American Songwriter Magazine lyric contest, U.S. Today for their exclusive "Playlist" pick, and The International Songwriting Competition where her song, "Imogene" took home 2nd place in the Unsigned Only Category. Her debut album "Personal Truth" made it’s way to the airwaves in 2018. Raquel has also found success writing for other artists and claims her first Billboard Top 10 Country charting song recorded by superstar, Marie Osmond.
Compelled to always be creating, she continues to write and record but her heart belongs on the road meeting her fans in person. Cole lives for sharing her songs from stage and the phenomenal experience that music can give.
In 2020, Cole became a semi- finalist for the Sirius XM ‘Top of the Country’ nationwide contest in Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Cole began working on a stripped-down passion project. Recording three songs that she co-wrote where she played all guitars on the project & recorded her distinct vocals, adding cello to the songs as well. The result, “The Essence of Me”, was released in August 2020, which has racked up nearly 250,000 streams globally.
Her brand new single “Think About You” is now available on all digital streaming platforms and is also her first ever release to Canadian country radio.
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“A dynamite vocalist, songwriter and guitar slinger to boot!” is what American Songwriter Magazine called Raquel Cole in a recent interview. Her skill as a musician is one of the first things that audiences notice about this British Columbia native, as she owns opening spots for artists like Carrie Underwood, Jonny Lang, Brothers Osborne, Scotty McCreery, and Josh Turner, whom she has toured with extensively over the past few years. They are not the only ones catching onto the fiery and soulful music Cole is making, she was named by CBC/Radio-Canada as “25 under 25 Musicians Everyone Needs to Know,” alongside Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes.
Singing has been Cole’s first love for as long as she can remember acquiring her first guitar at the age of nine Cole started to write songs not long after that. She was inspired by hit songs she heard on the radio from artists like Shania Twain and Bryan Adams, but also from jamming with her dad, a drummer, in the basement learning how to play 70’s rock and roll. Cole’s love for exploring music and the guitar didn’t stop there. After graduating high school Cole had