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Rachel Potter from "The X Factor 2013" is one of top 16 contestants in Season 3 of the FOX reality singing competition series. She is a 29-year-old bartender from Nashville, Tennessee. She feels that she's a talent that has been passed up too many times. She sang a country version of "Somebody to Love" by Queen for her audition. The judges gave her four yeses.

Potter made it through to boot camp and is competing in the over 25s category under the mentorship of judge Kelly Rowland. Rachel sang "Irreplaceable" by Beyoncé Knowles for the four-chair challenge, and Kelly selected her to be in the top 4 over 25s.

Country music recording artist and Broadway star Rachel Potter is not afraid to dream. With the release of her EP "Live the Dream," Potter is on her way to making her own dreams a reality.

While Potter's next ambition is introducing the world to her country roots, her fans know her best for her roles in hit Broadway shows, such as Wednesday Addams in "The Addams Family," alongside Brooke Shields, the Mistress in the Tony-nominated revival of "Evita" with Ricky Martin, and as Glinda on the national tour of Stephen Schwartz's smash hit, "Wicked." But long before she was charming audiences eight times a week on the Great White Way with her affable humor and crystal clear chops, Potter was already doing what she loves: singing.

Potter was born in New Orleans to Southern parents who met in a country rock band. She sang her first solo at the age three, standing on the steps of her Baptist church in her hometown of Seminole, Florida. For as long as she can remember, music was flowing through her house. Whether it was her father playing guitar or recording music in his garage studio, or her mother teaching voice lessons in the living room, music was part of her everyday life.

At the age of 12 Potter began writing original songs to cope with her mother being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Potter was signed at 16 to contemporary Christian label, Narrow Door Records. She released an album, "Come Back Home," in 2002 with all ten tracks penned by herself.

A year later Potter moved to Orlando, Florida, where she was cast as Ariel in the "Voyage of the Little Mermaid" at at Walt Disney World. She subsequently went on to perform as Belle in "Beauty and the Beast," Nemo in "Finding Nemo: The Musical," and a slew of other shows at Disney. While working there she also completed a Bachelors degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Central Florida in 2008. That same year she made it to the Top 15 in the MTV reality show "Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods."

After graduating from college, she moved to New York where she got a gig singing in a wedding band. After tirelessly auditioning for Broadway shows for over two years, she was lucky enough to book the second national tour of "Wicked." While on the road Potter continued to write music and was surprised by how much she missed the experience of being part of a live band. While on tour she reconnected with Justin York, an old friend who happened to be a Nashville musician, producer, and songwriter, known for his work with Nashville-bred rock band, Paramore. York and Potter planned to collaborate on Rachel's first country EP when the tour ended. Just as Potter was making plans to move to Nashville, Broadway came knocking. She was offered the role of Wednesday Addams in "The Addams Family," and of course, jumped at the chance.

As the show came to a close, Rachel raised funds through a successful Kickstarter campaign to record her dream country project. "We were so successful we were actually able to add a sixth song to the EP!,'" says Potter. The resulting pop country album, "Live the Dream," is a collection of six tunes co-written by Potter and York.




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RACHEL POTTER (X FACTOR): FACTS

Where does Rachel Potter live? Find out here.

Age: ∼29 years old
Full Name / Real Name: Rachel Lindsey Potter
Birthplace: New Orleans
Hometown: Seminole, FL
Current Residence: Nashville, TN





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