Following her incredibly popular CBC radio hit single, “Reckless Heart,” and self-titled debut album back in 2018, PEI singer-songwriter Rachel Beck launches a brand new single and music video today. Released as the first single from “Stronger Than You Know,” her upcoming sophomore solo album, “Warrior” sees Rachel bring a little feistiness into the spotlight as she kicks off a new musical decade.
The first taste of new music is often considered a teaser of much more to come, and with a very brief run time of just 2:35, “Warrior” checks all of the boxes for instigating cries of wanting more. Following a slow-paced, atmospheric vocal introduction (hints of Clannad), be prepared to buckle up for the ride, courtesy of Rachel’s infectious synth-laced electro pop sounds. “Warrior celebrates strength and beauty, [and] is an anthem for the fierce, the fearless, the feminine,” Rachel shares. “The song is most directly inspired by my four year old daughter, Nora … imagining the kind of woman she will grow up to be.” Rachel adds that the composition was also influenced by the “badass women throughout history,” citing Amelia Bloomer, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, and Greta Thunberg as “the ground-breakers and the change-makers” at the heart of this song.
Produced by Daniel Ledwell, and recorded at Echo Lake Studio in Nova Scotia, “Warrior” is a call to arms of sorts; a powerful anthem for all current and future heroines to embrace. “Every swaying tree, every flowing stream, feel the rhythm of the world in perfect harmony / Every beating drum, the heart of your queen-dom, feel the power and the beauty of the woman you’ve become,” recites Rachel, during the moving, empowering narrative of the bridge. “My daughter, Nora, dances in the official music video, which makes it extra special for me,” Rachel shares; a video she co-directed with Millefiore Clarkes, that is also released today to coincide with the single. “She is a force to be reckoned with.” I’m betting that the apple does not fall too far from the tree here. Enjoy the single and music video today, and be sure to bookmark your calendar for the scheduled album release date of June 12th. We certainly cannot wait to hear more music from Rachel Beck throughout the year.
Photo credit: Denis Duquette