"Rachel Proctor" is an American country music singer and songwriter.
Rachel Proctor is a native of Charleston, West Virginia. She is the daughter of a nursing assistant and a supermarket manager. When she was in grade school, she appeared in local productions of Annie and The Sound of Music. She also competed in the
talent portions of dozens of beauty pageants as a kid, just for the experience. By the time she was in junior high school, she had signed with a New York management company, the same agency that handled New Kids on the Block.
The New York connections led to her competing on Star Search where she performed in the style of Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. But when she didn't break through, she chose to concentrate on high school instead.
She joined a country band at 17 and honed her country style in the clubs, fairs and festivals of West Virginia. She was writing country songs by the time she graduated from high school and was making trips to Nashville to peddle them by age 18. When she got her first song publishing deal, she and her boyfriend moved to Nashville. After getting married a few months later, they met then-unknown Blake Shelton and f...