Texas Department of Safety troopers are investigating an early-morning car crash that left a 26-year-old singer dead.
Rachel Strange was the darling of the North Texas cover band the Enablers. One of its lead vocalists, Strange got the gig three months ago after auditioning for the band three times.
“She was full of energy. She was vibrant,” said lead vocalist, Domingo Magana. “She brought a lot to the table. She smiled every time on stage. You couldn't help fall in love with her.”
Her bandmates discovered Wednesday that the smile that greeted them at rehearsals, photo shoots and on stage was gone. Strange who is from Alvarado died in a rollover crash at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday near Burleson. Investigators say they're looking into whether the text messages she received before the crash played a role. She was not wearing seatbelt.
"She put us before her first, we're definitely going to miss her," Magana said. "Just her energy, her fine, she was always looking out for us."
She performed with the band at Point After North in Flower Mound on New Years Eve. The night after, she was singing at the DFW Talent Search Competition at the Spice Rack Grill in Burleson. She made it to the third round.
“She was a very sweet and positive girl,” said Brian Doty, who hosted the competition. “She was full of energy with lots of musical talent.”
Strange's friends shared their memories, photos and videos online after hearing of her death. Country music was her passion and was ready to take on her dreams.
"She wanted to pursue that," said friend Heather Griffo. "I think she would have been really great."