Rachel is a 17 year old singer and song composer from B.C. with a soulful writing style and natural performance ability.
It has been a really exciting year so far with the completion of her first professional recording, being named a semi-finalist in the International Unsigned Only Music Competition and being one of eight artists selected from across Canada by music publisher Ole to perform during music week at the CCMA’s. Rachel says she is a creator and she loves crafting lyrics and music.
She began music at an early age and continued her studies in voice, piano and musical theatre proceeding through the Trinity Guildhall Musical Theatre Program with marks of distinction all the way through her final exams.
She is also constantly writing and experimenting with new song ideas and forms. ‘The culmination of all this creativity is when you get to perform out live and share your songs’ she says.
Rachel Layne’s passion for performing has led to her being featured at the Opening Ceremonies of the International Children’s Winter Games, performing at the Calgary Stampede, the Merritt Country Music Walk of Stars and having sang during a BC Lions Half Time Show for a Salute to Veterans.
Over the past six years she has supported her local sports teams by singing anthems. She also sings for the Vancouver Canucks (NHL), the Vancouver Canadians (NWL) and the BC Lions (CFL).
When she was only 11 years old she was selected to sing with the legendary Kenny Rogers at his Christmas concert, which was a huge moment in her life and such a privilege. “I could not stop smiling on that stage!” says Rachel.
When she was twelve, she picked up a guitar and fell in love with the simple yet captivating sound.
Although she considers herself mainly “country” because that is where her heart is, she doesn’t necessarily stick to one genre of music, but loves all kinds of music including new and old country, classic rock, jazz and alternate pop.
Rachel Layne says she finds that she draws inspiration for her songs from life events or things that have affected her in some way.
She loves the soulfulness of jazz and tries to bring that aspect into her writing and performing. “Country music, however, feels like home. I love the stories, the folk roots and the acoustic melodies” says Rachel.
Rachel continues to hone her musical skills while keeping busy playing at festivals, charitable events, and showcases. The most important thing for her is being able to share her music with people and to reach and inspire them.
Her love for music further took her down a path of writing and composing her own songs and into a new realm of performing including emerging artist showcases during Canadian Country Music Awards Week for the past four years.
She is continually writing new songs and recently won at a youth driven environmental International conference with an original song she wrote about the beauty of nature called I Wonder.
In addition, one of her original compositions was just included on Elektrokore Music’s international compilation album Déjà Vu, which included 17 Indie Artists from around the world. Her music has been featured on Juice FM’s Breakout BC Radio Show, Women of Substance Radio and Chasing Your Dream Radio.