TRAVERSE CITY — It’s been three years since Traverse City native Rachel Borovic moved to Los Angeles to take charge of her career.
Since then she’s performed as “Rachel B” everywhere from yoga classes to coffee houses and concert venues. She assisted with music supervision on a Tyler Perry film, and placed a few of her songs on TV shows like “General Hospital.”
“It’s like a roller-coaster ride and I have a feeling it will always be that way,” said Borovic, who dropped her last name because it was hard for people to pronounce. “It’s had its ups and downs but overall it’s been a wonderful experience. I learned a lot and I feel like at the end of the day you get what you put into it. If you put out energy and goodness, you get that back. L.A. has been good to me.”
Now the soulful songstress is releasing what she calls her first EP — an early effort nearly forgotten — aptly titled “I’m the Boss.” She’ll return to her hometown for a release party June 29 at InsideOut Gallery.
“The InsideOut Gallery is my favorite because I’ve kind of grown up there,” said Borovic, who first performed at the space while she was a student at Traverse City West Senior High. “It’s my third or fourth show there.”
The pop singer/songwriter began studying composition with jazz pianist Jeff Haas when she was barely old enough to reach the keyboard.
"When she was 10, her mom brought her over to play me an original song. It was 'Don't Slam The Door On Your Way Out Of My Heart,'" said Haas, who worked with Borovic through high school. "She really has an ability to whittle things down to their visceral elements: lyric and melody. There's a beauty in simplicity.