When you hear Rachel Scott’s music, you’re immediately impressed with her beautiful voice and her obvious sincerity. Rachel sings about the poor and downtrodden (“The Least of These”), her wishes for her children (“Come Back to Love”), and God’s grace (“Seven: Fifteen”). Her music is often personal, and her goal is to help and inspire others and to testify about her Christian experience. Clearly, she is not doing this to feed her ego; she is focused on her family—husband Greg Scott, and their three young sons—and on her faith.
Working closely with Greg, who is an audio engineer and pastor, Rachel performs often at their home church, King of Kings Church, in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as performing in venues around the state and the nation.
Rachel released her first album, Home to Me, followed by Rachel Scott: Christmas EP, on the small Summerland label. Then she got an unexpected boost. As a result of a youth video featuring Rachel, the Scotts connected with well-known Christian artist Dave Lubben. Impressed with Rachel’s singing and songwriting, Lubben signed her to his Tent Creative Group record label. The result was her first major U.S. release, Resolution, in September 2008. In April 2009, Resolution was released internationally by Indelible and Word Distribution.
Since then, Scott’s career has taken off, as her songs and videos get huge numbers of hits on various music download sites, including iTunes and Amazon. Her single “Seven: Fifteen” reached the Top 10 in the UK.
Like many successful artists, Scott enjoys delivering her musical message in live performances. She has appeared with such popular Christian artists as Remedy Drive, Sara Groves, and Hillsong London, and she is currently on tour, with Greg Scott at the mixing station.
Naturally, Greg creates Rachel’s front-of-house mix using a PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixer! “I chose the StudioLive in part because of PreSonus’ reputation,” says Greg Scott, “but I first heard about it from one of Rachel’s drummers, who uses it in his studio. I absolutely love the logic that went into the StudioLive. You can move to where you need to be on any channel at lightning speed, using the Fat Channel! If I want to access my EQ, compression, and high-pass filter settings on any channel, I am literally there with the press of one Select button, instead of going through three or four buttons and pages, as you typically need to do with other digital consoles.”
As much as Greg Scott enjoys the StudioLive 16.4.2’s ease of use, the most important aspect of the mixer is its sound quality. “I love the headroom,” explains Scott. “It’s a really clean-sounding board, and I can get great signal with a lower line-trim level than I usually get with other consoles. Lower line trim means less hiss, and less hiss means a cleaner mix.” And a cleaner mix means Rachel Scott’s fans can hear each note and understand every word of her inspired and inspirational songs.