Lead single “Reckless Heart” #1 on CBC Music (March 2018)
“Hearts On Fire” licensed by CBC for “Anne With An E” Season 2 Trailer (2018)
Official showcases at Contact East, M for Montreal, FMO, ECMAs, and Showcase PEI (2018)
SOCAN #1 Award (2018)
8 X 2019 Music PEI Award nominee (Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Solo Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year
Festival appearances at M For Montreal, Up + Downtown Festival, Home County Music & Arts, Harmony Bazaar Festival Of Women & Song, PEI Jazz & Blues, PEI Festival Of Small Halls
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-nominated 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, Beck's record picked eight nominations for the 2019 Music PEI Awards: Album of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Solo Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Video 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.
There is nothing about this record that I do not like. Beck clearly establishes herself here as a force to be reckoned with, both as a songwriter and as a performer.”
-Doug Gallant, The Guardian Newspaper
A big sound from a little island."
-Raina Douris, Mornings on CBC Music
"But even in heartbreak, Beck’s voice is strong, reassuring. It’s what ties together her piano-pop melodies, a call in the dark that provides a safe place to land."
-Holly Gordon, CBC Music
"Beck clearly establishes herself here as a force to be reckoned with, both as a songwriter and as a performer ... There is a lovely sense of balance to this record. The instrumental tracks are top-drawer, but they never overpower or take the focus away from Beck’s vocals. And those vocals are superb."
-Doug Gallant, The Guardian Newspaper
“Here's the voice we need on those days when nothing's right and everything sucks and people are lousy. Rachel Beck's compassion and heart shine through each song, a little musical healing for us all. Gentle, made mostly from piano, strings and voice, the power's in the humanity and understanding she puts in her songs.”
– Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian
"Rachel really knows how to jam with her contemporaries and how to bring an audience together, as she gives her all on both musical and personal levels, creating an atmosphere that is at once seductive and celebratory–an invitation to joy."
-Lynn Ann Bradley, Lulu Demaine