FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MEDIA RELEASE
Following on from the release of her new long player Nightlight this month, Sydney songstress Rachel Collis is hitting the road to share her music with audiences in Canberra and Newcastle as part of her album launch tour. Since stepping into the musical spotlight in 2012, Rachel has gathered quite the reputation for her unforgettable live performances, drawing comparisons with American singer-songwriter and pianist Regina Spektor. She’s played to music fans in venues across Sydney, along with a couple of solo appearances at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Rachel’s live shows are unique and unpredictable, at times channeling Ben Folds on the piano before changing gear to resemble the more modern folk story telling of a Joni Mitchell.
The shows will not only feature tracks from Nightlight, but also some of Rachel’s previous material. The talented songstress says she feels at home performing for Australian audiences and is really looking forward to sharing some of her new material in an intimate live show setting. “I think as a culture we tend to have our guard down right from the first moment, there’s little of the formality and distance you find in some other cultures,” she says. “As a performer, this provides a unique opportunity to connect with the audience right from the first song. And I really enjoy it when audience members approach me after a performance and tell me which songs were most meaningful for them and why.”
Translating a studio album into live performances can be challenging, but for Rachel it is something she embraces whole-heartedly. “For me, there has always been a world of difference between what makes a good album and what makes a good live performance,” she says. “Performing live for me is its own art form. It’s not just about replicating what audiences hear on the album – although I certainly will be singing the songs from the album – in live performance there is opportunity for storytelling and humour. I reserve certain songs for live performances only. There is a kind of intimacy and connection between the audience and the songwriter that is only possible face-to-face.”
The delicately crafted and deeply sensitive songs from Nightlight are already heralding acclaim. Produced by Rachel and Sean Carey (Thirsty Merc), it combines exquisite ballad, folk and pop sounds with breathtaking vocals and delicate piano to create a perfect storm of both beauty and dark sensitivity. It’s captivating from the very first listen and showcases Rachel’s poetic lyrical talent.
On Nightlight, Rachel opens herself up with honest and heartfelt songs that tell tales of acceptance, hope and living in the moment. With the concept of living in the moment in mind, Rachel is quick to acknowledge that when it comes to her live shows, the ethos is to really expect the unexpected. “Audiences can expect to be moved to laughter sometimes, and sometimes to tears,” she says. “I value honesty in songwriting and performance, and honesty is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes moving and sometimes hilarious.”
Don’t miss Rachel Collis as she takes her Nightlight album on the road for these special launch shows. Tickets are on sale now.
Friday 26th September 2014 | 8pm
The Commons Café, NEWCASTLE NSW
Level 1, 150 Beaumont Street, Newcastle | www.thecommons.org.au
Saturday 27th September 2014 | 7.30pm
Smiths Alternative, CANBERRA ACT
76 Alinga Street, Melbourne Building, Canberra | (02) 6247 4459
Nightlight is out now. For more information, please visit www.rachelcollis.com