I am a huge Rachel Flowers fan. My first encounter with her came when she competed against my daughter and urban dance crew, Emanon a few years back in a local talent competition, 805’s Got Talent, at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. If my memory serves me correct, she performed “Tarkus” by the legendary Prog Rock group Emerson Lake & Palmer. Rachel covered it perfectly. It’s a piece that is challenging for any musician, but if you know her story, you’ll realize how extraordinary she is. Surprisingly, she took 2nd Place to Emanon on that day, the results are irrelevant when you consider the following facts posted on her Facebook page:
“Multi-talented instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers was born on December 21, 1993. Arriving 15 weeks premature, she lost her eyesight as an infant due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP).
When Rachel was two years old, in order to discourage her from banging on their ancient piano with her toys, Rachel’s mother showed her how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Rachel picked it up immediately, and was soon working out for herself every song she heard.”
You need to see Rachel perform in person. She will be at The Libbey Bowl in Ojai on August 24th. She’s from Oxnard and deserves our support. The girl has skills!
God has blessed Rachel with phenomenal talent, and God has blessed us with Rachel.