Rebecca Rain is an emerging country artist based in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. From a very young age Rebecca has been perfecting her craft with a beautiful blend of her love for country music and soulful lyrics. Her music has been compared to country music stars such as Taylor Swift and Shania Twain. She has a unique spin on country music which is comparable to The Civil Wars and The Lumineers, which is rapidly breaking her away from the pack as a standout artist to look out for. But for now Rebecca has taken a few moments of her time to answer some Canadian Beats questions.
First off welcome to Canadian Beats and could introduce yourself to our readers?
Thank you so much! I’m Rebecca Rain and I’m a country music recording artist and songwriter from Wasaga Beach, ON, Canada.
What led you to pursue country music?
I grew up on country music. My nana always listened to Patsy Cline when I was growing up. She’d always have Cline’s music on in the background when she was babysitting my three little brothers and I. My parents also listened to country music throughout my childhood and the tradition lives on to this day. My family and friends and I enjoy getting together to catch up and have a couple of beers around the table with Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton and many more on in the background. I have a lot of great memories in general associated with country. There’s something about how raw and genuine it is that makes it impossible for me to stay away from it, especially as a songwriter and performer.
Who do you draw some of your musical influences from?
Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Martina Mcbride to name a few. I’m also very inspired by Canadian artist Feist. Even though she isn’t country, I really admire how her music is so unique and infectious because she isn’t afraid to experiment with different sounds. I always walk into a writing session with the intention of keeping my beloved traditional country influences alive but I also like to try and have an open heart and experiment with different interpretations of my genre. To me, experimenting with music is what makes being a songwriter so exciting.
You currently have two singles “Back in the Hollow” and “Where the River Flows”.
Are there plans for a full length album?
Definitely! I’m currently writing for a full length to be released next year.
Tell us a little about creating the video for “Back in the Hollow”
I collaborated with Canadian videographer Matt Connell of Northwood Music for the music video for “Back in the Hollow”. We chose two locations in a country setting. The location with the black dress represents the feelings of fear, doubt, and insecurity expressed lyrically in “Back in the Hollow” while the location with the white dress is meant to symbolize the inflections of hope and revival throughout. The scene with my hair blowing with me wearing a black and white shirt is meant to represent the craziness of the two emotions running into each other. That’s why I look crazy in those scenes! Ha ha! I honestly had so much fun working on this video and I was really happy with Matt’s vision.
I noticed that you perform mostly in the Collingwood area. We would like to come out and see you.
Any plans to play anywhere else?
That would be awesome! Yes, I’ve grown up performing in the Collingwood area at various venues and events. I regularly perform at Blue Mountain Village on the Coca Cola Stage and on the Market Stage at the main beach in my hometown Wasaga Beach. I’m very thankful to have grown up in a tourist area that keeps me busy! I definitely plan on branching out more this year, however. I have shows scheduled for the fall in Guelph, Kitchener, Orangeville and Ottawa which I’ll be announcing on my website www.rebeccarain.com soon!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In five years I’ll still be writing, performing, and making records to share with others because it’s my passion and always be. I would also love to be touring opening up for my favourite country artists! I plan to keep working as hard as I possibly can in general and trust that everything will fall into place from there. J
We’d like to thank Rebecca for the interview and are looking forward to attending one of her upcoming shows in the fall.
I shoot live music performances and concerts. I love the excitement of entering a venue, knowing that I’ll be photographing a concert and enjoying the energy of the crowd. There’s nothing like being in a venue and looking at the expressions on the faces of people who are all transfixed by the talent onstage. I shoot about 120 shows each year, averaging 2 bands per show, as well as several all-day and weekend festivals in and around Southern Ontario. From the large venues to very small ones, bright lights or barely lit stages, I hope that my photos capture the enjoyment the artists have in doing what they love to do.