Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Rachel Beck is already making her mark on the national scene with a hit debut release. Beck’s self-titled, multi award-winning album came out on March 2, 2018. On March 8, its first single, Reckless Heart, hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 after having the most online votes for 6 weeks straight.
Beck’s hook-driven, emotive piano pop melodies captivate. And whether you see her live, hear her on the radio, or press play on one of her songs, the experience is just as impactful: you are not only brought under her vocal spell, but are an instant fan.
Rachel Beck began her musical career as one half of The Beck Sisters (with her sister Amy Beck). CBC Searchlight success in 2013 sparked a four-year long recording and touring journey, which led the award-nominated folk duo to stages such as the Stan Rogers Folk Festival (2015), performing for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s Royal Visit to Canada (2014), singing with Serena Ryder (2013), and opening for Tom Cochrane (2015). Now embarking on a solo venture, Rachel Beck stands poised, ready to deliver.
“My intention for this record was to combine the heart and honesty of folk with the hooks and sparkle of pop,” says Beck. “While writing the album, I looked inward more than I have ever done before: When You Left helped me process a winter of devastating loss, Fire In The Sky is an anthem of hope, and Nothing In Between is a self-portrait in song.”
Exposed. Confessional. Connective. These are words that come to mind when listening to Beck’s seven-track debut. Produced and recorded by Daniel Ledwell at Echo Lake (Jenn Grant, David Myles, Fortunate Ones), the album lures the listener into an ethereal and enveloping soundscape, as the songs take one on a trek across a wide emotional range – from from regret and grief to wonder and joy. “... the team kept the emotion and sensitivity of the songs in full focus, which is no doubt what's hitting home with a country full of listeners discovering Beck's solo debut.” (Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian). In addition to garnering a SOCAN #1 Award and two 2019 Music PEI Awards (Pop Recording of the Year and New Artist of the Year), Beck's record picked up two nominations for the 2019 East Coast Music Awards (Pop Recording of the Year and Rising Star Recording of the Year).
Rachel Beck brings a sincerity, a rawness, and a sonic freedom to her new songs and her new sound that will wow you – so much that you will want to press play again and again.
Bio by Todd MacLean