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About Rachel Gladstone

Rachel Gladstone has taken a rather circuitous route to her present avocation as an author and writer. From the age of five she was educated at The Cleveland Institute of Music in music theory and composition as well as piano and flute. Her love of performing took her from recital halls to the stage when her family moved to Ann Arbor, MI where she became a leading player in the professional theatre company Junior Light Opera.

Upon early graduation from high school, where she was voted Best Actress of her graduating class, Rachel spent six months in Manhattan studying at the Herbert Bergoff Studio and was accepted as an apprentice actor at the Circle In The Square Reparatory Company, in New York City. But she changed courses that following fall when she moved to Rochester, NY to study opera at the prestigious Eastman School of Music.

After two years at Eastman, Rachel decided to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter and left to travel throughout Europe, eventually settling in Amsterdam. She made numerous radio and TV appearances in Holland and the UK before relocating in The Bay Area where she formed her own band and toured with legendary musicians Arlo Guthrie, David Bromberg, John Prine and Louden Wainright III. Then moving to Nashville, TN, where she presently resides, Gladstone penned several successful songs for artist, Rosie Flores and others, including Above and Beyond which became a #1 hit for the band Midsouth on the Christian Country charts. During this time she also interviewed celebrities for ABC radio, wrote for Harlan Howard Songs and performed as an MC for large charity events. Rachel also served as the director for the Nashville Screenwriters Conference for three years.

As early menopause wreaked havoc on her life, Rachel wrote her first book, Could it BE any Hotter in Here which she self-published. Ms. Gladstone is a staff writer for Dish Magazine www.dishmag.com where she reviews books for her column All Booked Up and co-wrote a TV pilot, Hopeful Times for Cornerstone Entertainment which is now in pre-production.  Rachel has also contributed work to The Nashville Scene, Ourselves, Foundations, GX, The Lipscomb College of Business and Nashville Lifestyles, Homefront and Wheels Up magazines and her blog, The Petty Chronicles, about the funny side of divorce, has 30,000 followers and can be read every Monday at www.firstwivesworld.com. She has recently completed a novel, also titled The Petty Chronicles, and is hard at work on several other projects. To view samples of Rachel’s work, visit her website at www.rachelgladstone.net

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