Rachel Nagy, natural singer and founding member of The Detroit Cobras, the Michigan garage rock outfit, is dead.
Band member Greg Cartwright announced the sad news Saturday (January 17) via the Detroit Cobras social channels. “We announce the passing of our beloved friend and musical colleague, Rachel Lee Nagy, with a heavy heart and great sadness,” he wrote. “Words cannot adequately express our grief as we remember a brief, still important and inspiring life for all who knew and loved her. ”
No cause of death has been given.
Nagy co-founded the Detroit Cobras in 1994 with guitarist Mary Ramirez, and “brings the torch of rock, soul, and R&B to fans around the world,” Cartwright added. “More than just a performer, she took the spirit of music and took it to the next level with her own profound influence on vocals. I know that I am not alone in saying that I have been inspired by her vitality, intensity and vulnerability.”
With Nagy ahead, the rockers released their debut album, Weasel, Mouse or Rabbit, in 1998. Its following decreased in 2001, Life, love and sympathy left to the record industry. Nagy and Co. continue to release Seven easy pieces 2004 EP; Baby in 2005 and Binding & True in 2007.
The music and style of Detroit Cobra is an extension of Motor City. They “specialize in mining and re-consolidating hits, hits that close and sometimes completely miss the deep and interesting history of the soul, and make them their own,” reads the bio on the website. Official Bloodshot Records, which has released some of the following tracks by the band The Records.
“In both her voice and her personality, Rachel Nagy is the perfect balance between tough badass and absolute sweetheart,” reads a statement from Third Man Records, owned by a Another Detroit scene maker, Jack White. “From the earliest White Stripes shows at the Magic Stick in Detroit to the Third Man 10th Anniversary show in Nashville, Rachel and Detroit Cobras have been a consistently inspiring presence in the world of us for almost 25 years. We will truly miss the sound of her room-filling laughter, her non-bullshit honesty, and her true friendship. “
The Detroit Cobras were scheduled to perform last week at their hometown’s El Club, but the show was postponed to February 19 due to the COVID-19 surge.
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