Sometimes, all it takes is an email from a stranger: “Did you know that Rachael Lampa is a Filipina?” No, I certainly didn’t realize that this young woman who continually inspires Christians worldwide with her beautiful voice (and music!) is a Filipina American. I started curating her youtube videos in late 2010 for GMA Pinoy TV as part of its social media community’s focus on “making and building community” with Filipinos worldwide.
Rachael Lampa, some day, we will meet!
According to Wikipedia:
Lampa was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Her father is Filipino and her mother is Hungarian & Irish; she is the second of four children, with an older brother, Ryan, who is her road manager. She has a younger sister, Colleen, and a younger brother, Nate. She has been singing since she was a toddler and learned to sing perfect harmony by the time she was 4.
Lampa has performed on The Jenny Jones Show Young Talent Search at age 12 and finished 2nd place at the World Championship of Entertainment. She has also performed many times at the Colorado Rockies baseball games. In August, 1999, she performed live on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock on the Road” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Lampa was discovered while attending but not competing in the Music in the Rockies music conference in Colorado at 14 by Word Records producer Brent Bourgeois. She asked to sing at a cafe at the conference when the original performer did not make it. She then began recording soon after talks with the label and visits to Nashville.