Rachel Maria Cox
“The perfect blend of panic & disco” - Australian Guitar Magazine
An artist unlike any other, non-binary singer-songwriter Rachel Maria Cox is quickly becoming one of the most promising emerging Australian Acts. Blending popstar bravado with emo vulnerability, they’ve built a solid reputation for their relatable lyrics and energetic live show.
2018 Saw Cox take their live show to Groovin The Moo, BIGSOUND, Mountain Sounds Festival, King St Crawl and they’ve supported everyone from Alex Lahey & Ruby Fields to Georgia Maq (Camp Cope) & La Dispute. Their debut LP, Untidy Lines, gained critical acclaim from Triple J, Rolling Stone Australia, Australian Guitar Magazine and was The Brag’s Album of the Week. Singles off Untidy lines were equally well received - Emotionally Untidy gained plenty of airplay on Triple J, If I’m Smiling (It’s Because I’m Thinking About Zac Efron) was added to Spotify’s Fresh Finds Playlist, racking up hundreds of thousands of streams and gaining them international attention, and Stronger Lines won the Triple J Unearthed NIDA competition, with the resulting film clip being played on ABC’s Rage.
Following up on this success, in 2018 following on from successful BIGSOUND showcases and signing with Niche Productions, Cox released the single Time, which was premiered on Pilerats along with a candid interview about eating disorder recovery and radical acceptance. The song was added to Spotify Australia’s New Music Friday and Chords & Cardigans Playlists, and was named as one of the Guardian Australia’s top songs of the month. Taking this momentum into 2019, Cox was awarded the American Express Music Backers Grant, which will help them record and release their third full length release. They’ve also continued to play bigger and bigger shows, including three sold out Twilight At Taronga Dates alongside the Whitlams and Xavier Rudd, and Heaps Gay’s Rainbow Mountain in Thredbo alongside Kira Puru and Imbi The Girl. Their 2019 single Prosecco and accompanying music video was played on Rage, Triple J, and community radio.
RMC has been shortlisted for the 2016 Vanda & Young songwriting prize and nominated for the 2017 National Live Music Awards’ Live Pop Act Of The Year, as well as being named as one of Pilerats’ 2019 artists to watch, and a highlight of the 2018 BIGSOUND showcases by Paul Bridgewater (Line Of Best Fit) A proud advocate for Non-binary people in the music industry as well as gender diversity, Cox was also nominated for the Inaugural Australian Women In Music Diversity Award for their work with Sad Grrrls Club.
On top of all of this, Cox is quickly becoming one of Newcastle’s most in demand pop DJs. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of 2000s music and a passion for a great singalong, Cox has already DJ’d at the Official Mardi Gras After Party, Groovin’ The Moo and Midsumma Festivals, AM/PM Emo Night, and many Heaps Gay events in Newcastle, Sydney and Thredbo.
What other people say:
“I wasn't expecting this transformation from RMC. They've retained their signature confessional songwriting style but coupled it with this new sassy, full bodied disco attitude.” - Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J (on Prosecco)
”a colourful, soaring blast of pop energy from rmc which demands you get dancing.” - Declan Byrne, Triple J (on Prosecco)
”We’re totally seeing a different side to RMC here. A brand new attitude, a sound that’ll get you movin’ and a drizzling chorus that reaches distance. RMC is taken over the d floor on this one in full style.” - Claire Mooney, Triple J Unearthed (on Prosecco)
“Combines mature and honest songwriting and lyricism with soft indie and pop sensibilities that together, create songs - such as last year's Time - that feels good on the ears while pulling at your heartstrings at the same time. They're a wonderful artist and one of the most important out there” - Pilerats
“as though the music of Courtney Barnett and Carly Rae Jepsen had a baby. Rachel Maria Cox is truly an artist on the come-up.” - Pilerats
“a self-confessed former emo kid that now presents themselves as a confident born entertainer, throwing themselves into every line of each jazzy, dancefloor-ready pop number.” - Volume Media
“Uplifting vibes and crowd engaging stories were immediately thrown into the night and transformed into some of the most intimate songs I’ve ever heard.” - AMNPlify
“stunningly honest songwriter... Musically Rachel Maria Cox sits somewhere between Suzi Quatro and Britney Spears; a glorious and completely unforgiving crossroads of classic rock and pop diva sensibility hung off the accent of someone who lives in Newcastle” – Laundry Echo
“Rachel Maria Cox is a talented young singer, songwriter from Newcastle who breaks your heart with songs about their life... beautiful and honest in its delicate detailing of personal struggles” – i-D
“It’s nothing short of a stunning debut LP from a very important new voice in the Australian Music Industry, and my favourite release (so far) of 2017. Although it comes across as effortless, the intricacies of the songwriting – a mix of trivial anecdotes and gut-wrenching realities – make this album incredibly unique & highly memorable” – The Brag