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Table Talk w/Rachel Kline of Philadelphia Funk Authority

Ladies and gentlemen…

…………..it’s time to prepare to get all sorts of funked up for the start of your final weekend of February.

Tomorrow night, the much celebrated local music group Philadelphia Funk Authority will be taking over the stage at World Cafe Live, and it’s a soon-to-be stellar evening of entertainment that we must ALL show our love and support to for a beautiful musical buffet of incredible reasons.

First, gettin’ down to the vibes that will be indefinitely served up by PFA is always a grand idea for our local entertainment lovin’ lives. Second, you’ll be magnificently introduced to their incredible new lead singer, Ms. Rachel Kline. Not only does this red-hot and rising local vocal superstar contain the beauty of Ariana-meets-Camila(like, so not kidding), but she’s got a voice that is that voice….and it’s guaranteed to take over your entire existence. 

But luckily for all of Philly and beyond, everyone can get to know her magnificent voice and her soaring creative spirit right this very second  (and get those tickets for tomorrow night right here….right this very second), as Rachel took some time away from shattering everyone’s souls with her magnificent pipes to spill some tea with Philly Mixtape, where she spilled about her endeavors with PFA, all-time favorite soul divas, and…just why the hell it took so long for her to begin owning our local entertainment worlds. 

Oh, and if you want to get down to some of Mizz Kline‘s current greatness while you take a seat to her many talents, check her official Instagram page out…and if you have a string of pearls handy…put them on because they will be clutched, honey. Yeah, it’s like that.

Now, let’s take a sip because the fabulous Rachel Kline of Philadelphia Funk Authority is certainly speaking and singing…and Philly and the entire tri-state area need to be paying attention…now. 

Okay, we might as well start shattering those fancy Lennox mugs right away. I’ve personally known you for quite some time now, and if it wasn’t for me coming across your soul shattering cover of Ms. A Keys “If I Ain’t Got You,” I never would have known how truly incredible you are!! So, sipping some tea…why the big secret all of these years?  I think I have this underlying problem where I feel like if I show the world something that I’m good at, everybody’s just going to be like, “Oh, there she goes again..there’s something else that she’s good at!” I didn’t want to be that person, but after I graduated college I was stuck trying to figure out what the hell I wanted to do with my everyday life! [But] I sing everyday…alone. Not even my boyfriend knew I could sing! Then I just posted an Instagram video and let me see what people think…and they kind of went nuts! I started posting more and then I auditioned for this band, Philadelphia Funk Authority. [As it turned out], the lead singer had to leave the band due to some [health reasons], so I auditioned against eight other people and they picked me and I was like…okay, here we go! It’s a very new journey, but I love it so far! 

But you have to admit, once that first Instagram post was served….it had to have felt mighty freeing. I didn’t look at my phone for two hours! I didn’t want to know what else people were saying, I didn’t want to know who watched it, liked it..anything! Finally, I opened my phone and it was just all positive feedback. Most people were shocked and, like..what the hell? Where did this come from? I mean, I expected that, but [all of it] really helped me solidify this decision to go down this new path. It feels good, it feels really good! 

Any more slaying covers or shimmering new songs on the way? I’ve done a few covers, but I’ve actually been putting up a lot more original songs because I’ve really been trying to force myself to be in this creative space in my own mind and write music. I actually just go to YouTube and find random beats that suit my voice well and I just sort of let the creativity roll in my own my mind. And then I find a word that could fit here, rhyme there, and then the words turn into phrases..and before I know it I have a mini song! 

Okay, how about your personal music divas that you simply can’t live without? Definitely love my soul performers..Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and Ms. Alicia Keys is a big one. I love to just embody her music. Ariana Grande is also another big one. She’s kind of bridging this gap between all genres. She could come out with a country song and make it sound cool! “thank u, next” is still giving me life! 

And how are you feeling these days about our girl Cardi B? Obsessed. I’m just so proud of her. I like that she embodies herself and is like….who cares that I used to strip for money? I’m gonna put that in every single song so you all know where I started from and now I’m at the top! I appreciate that mentality.

What about your future with Philadelphia Funk Authority? Where are you crazy music kids headed this year, besides, like, everywhere? So far we’re just in Philly. We do a lot of weddings and wedding season is coming up soon! We might have some bigger gigs along the way, so we’ll see!

One last mug shatter, what are some of your personal creative goals both on and off the mic this year? I want to really just want to continue to figure out who I am. In the past I kind of felt lost. There was so many different directions I could have gone. Still now so many directions I could go. But I really want to hone in on just what my loves are in life and what my interests are. Keeping the people who really ground me surrounding me. Just keep bettering my life and believing in myself! 

And there you have it, kids. For more with the incredible Rachel Kline, get lost in the heavenly sounds she serves up on her Instagram page and then you MUST go see her own the World Cafe Live stage alongside Philadelphia Funk Authority tomorrow night…you certainly won’t be disappointed. 

Are you a local entertainer who’s slaying it in every which direction? Well then, feel free to take a seat at the Philly Mixtape tea table right here and here and let’s get to spillin’ and sippin’! 

Cover photo courtesy of Mizz Rachel Kline