Smoke on the Water: Timberlake ready to rock ribs stageWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s almost time for Rachel Timberlake to go back to school.
But first the Indiana elementary school teacher will open for country superstar John Michael Montgomery at Smoke on the Water — Ribs for the Red Cross in Downtown Toledo.
The 29-year-old contemporary country artist will perform at 2 p.m. Aug. 7, followed by the rib judging awards. Montgomery will perform at 5 p.m.
Timberlake said festival-goers should expect a high-energy show.
“We like to move and we like to rock,” Timberlake told Toledo Free Press. “My band and I, we bring a lot of energy with us. We like to have fun and for the crowd to have fun and get into it and have a great time.”
Her band mates have musical backgrounds in rock and blues as well as country so they add a touch of other genres to her songs, Timberlake said.
Timberlake said she used to be shy, but now loves performing.
“If you were to talk to anybody who was around me growing up, they would never believe a word of me getting up on stage,” Timberlake said. “I was the girl who never said a word. Somehow I transformed and came out of my shell. Now people wouldn’t believe I was so shy when I was younger.”
The singer grew up and lives in southern Indiana, about a half-hour west of Louisville, and teaches fifth grade alongside some of her former teachers at the elementary school she attended as a girl.
Timberlake tours during the summer and performs on weekends during the school year. Her husband, Jason, serves as her manager, driver, roadie and a little bit of everything else, Timberlake said.
“We rarely have a weekend off where we don’t play,” Timberlake said. “We keep pretty busy with our day jobs and the music on the weekends, but it’s fun. We love it.”
Timberlake started singing only about three years ago in church. She entered a singing competition, started traveling to Nashville and was soon hooked.
Her self-titled debut album was released in October and includes the singles “Honky Tonk Queen” and “Let’s Ride.”
“That was really cool, just to have a full album recorded,” said Timberlake, who co-wrote a few of the tracks.
Timberlake said she feels God led her to music after she and her husband tried unsuccessfully to start a family.
“Things didn’t work out the way we were hoping for, but God works in mysterious ways,” Timberlake said. “I think he led me down this path of healing through music and to put myself out there and try something. You take different paths in your life and I think this is the one I’m on for a reason. At the time I wasn’t happy about the way things were going, but I’m happy and thankful for the way things worked out.”
Timberlake said she’s excited to come to Toledo, play with Montgomery and do her part to support the Red Cross.
“We’re very excited,” Timberlake said. “I think it’s gonna be a great weekend and a good show.”