Rachel Bissex

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Rachel Bissex (born December 27, 1956 , † February 20, 2005 ) was an American folk singer and singer-songwriter .

life and work

Rachel Bissex grew up in Newton , Massachusetts . At the age of 13 she got her first guitar and learned folk standards from Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary and how to write songs on her own .

After completing her art studies, Bissex moved to Burlington , Vermont in 1982 .

In the course of her short career, Bissex recorded five albums with her own songs, but also cover versions of Jackson Browne , Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell and opened concerts by Joan Armatrading , Arlo Guthrie , Little Feat and Ray Charles , among others .

In 2004 Bissex switched to film and theater. She stars in the film "Nothing Like Dreaming" and directs the play "Sun Spot: The Crime of the Need to Be Right," written by her husband, actor Stephen Goldberg.

In early 2005, Rachel Bissex died of breast cancer (episodes) at the age of 48. In her memory and to ensure the financial security of the education of Bissex's children, Emma Goldberg and Matt Cosgrove, colleagues and friends have released the double CD Remembering Rachel (2005) with covers of Rachel Bissex songs.


  • Light in Dark Places (1991)
  • Don't Look Down (1995)
  • I Used to Be Nice (1998)
  • Between the Broken Lines (2001)
  • In White Light (2004)
  • Tribute CD: Remembering Rachel. Songs of Rachel Bissex (2005)


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