Rachael Kilgour

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Rachael Kilgour

Check out http://rachaelkilgour.com! Activist singer-songwriter, Rachael Kilgour, releases her new EP, Whistleblower’s Manifesto: Songs for a New Revolution, on February 19th, 2013. For the last eight years Kilgour has been captivating audiences with a balance of provocative, topical lyrics, passion…


[from CityPages] Rachael Kilgour doesn’t immediately seem like the kind of girl who would take on the social injustices of the world in a song. She’s sweet-faced, fast with a bright smile and sunshine energy. A few minutes into knowing her, though, and it’s suddenly impossible to see her in a role besides activist. The Duluth-based folk singer-songwriter has a lot of ideas, and she speaks animatedly, as though she’s in front of a classroom or heading up a meeting.

As she talks with Gimme Noise about her brand new EP, Whistleblower’s Manifesto: Songs for a New Revolution, out today, Kilgour focuses on the role her music plays.

“My music is the place where I feel like I can make the most impact. I grew up in Duluth in a family that was really activist-y,” explains Kilgour. “My older brother is a hardcore activist and has dedicated his whole life to that, specifically to issues of poverty. He runs a Catholic Workhouse in Duluth, and he’s done that for many, many years… He was kind of my idol mentor big brother, and I always wanted to live up to his ideals. I spent a lot of time being like, ‘I’m not good enough, I’m never gonna make a difference,’ and then I started writing music, and felt like that was a really good way to participate.”

Kilgour has already released two full-length albums, her self-titled debut in 2008 and her 2011 follow-up Will You Marry Me? Kilgour is a fearless songwriter, combating everything from government corruption to Christian hypocrisy. The songs aren’t empty rhetoric: as a gay woman and activist, Kilgour has had plenty of experience in the social injustice realm. Her songs confront those challenges head-on, and Kilgour wouldn’t have it any other way.