This Canadian singer-songwriter’s recent recording Stronger Than You Know is an echoing cry-out from a forest, a chilling dance upon a grave, an arrow shooting straight to the heart of what is, a call to strength. Intimate and close, the six-track EP, recorded at Echo Lake (Halifax), is sonically decorated amidst compelling electronic rhythms and dreamy synth layers. Beck’s vocals float across the vivid, harmony-laden, ethereal soundscape for which she has become known.
Stronger Than You Know follows Rachel Beck’s self-titled debut, which garnered two ECMA nominations, two Music PEI Awards, and a SOCAN #1 Award. In addition to hitting #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 Chart in March 2018, Beck’s single Reckless Heart was named one of the Top 100 Canadian Songs of 2018 and ranked #4 on the All Canadian Fan Favourites of 2018 by CBC Music.
Beck’s tour highlights include performing for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, appearing twice at the legendary Stan Rogers Folk Festival, opening the 2019 ECMA Gala Awards Show, and playing beautiful festivals and stages from the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver, BC to the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB. Her live show is exposed, empowering, connective.
Sarah Wheeler is a queer artist and recent cancer survivor who is defined by power house vocals and an indomitable positive spirit. A blazing live performer. Although she has enjoyed collaborating with other musicians, lending her vocals to recordings such as “A Small Wonder” by A.C. Newman of the New Pornographers, and sharing the stage with artists including Dan Mangan and Tanya Tagaq, this Vancouver-based artist has consistently remained focused on writing and performing her own music.
Life changing experiences inspired Wheeler’s album Revival. Having been diagnosed with cancer and undergone treatment that kept her from performing for a year, Sarah wrote much of what would become her newest album during that time. Wheeler wrote, performed, produced and recorded all of the songs for Revival, giving it a perspective that is uniquely homemade. The result is a collection of songs with an unforced honesty and message of positivity through dark times.
Sarah Wheeler is a third generation Vancouver born Canadian singer/songwriter who has leant her vocals to recordings such as “Don’t You Think We Should Be Closer” by Edmonton’s Mark Davis of Old Reliable, and played live with artists including The Be Good Tanyas. None of which means anything without something to say. Wheeler’s new album is a true Revival. Growing into a seasoned recording artist has been a natural progression for Sarah. In the present day pop culture climate of false celebrity, Sarah is an old fashioned believer in remembering that the true power of music is the love of it.
Sunday, April 5 2020
8pm (doors open at 7pm)
The Mel Lehan Hall at St. James – 3214 West 10th Avenue
Tickets for $26 / $22 members
Available online at www.roguefolk.bc.ca in person at Highlife Records & Tapestry Music
or call the Rogue Ticket Hotline at 604-736-3022
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