Saturday 21 October 2017

Full house for launch of Rachel Grace's album

By Amy Lewis

Vinnie Grace and Rachel Grace at the launch in Wexford Arts Centre.
Vinnie Grace and Rachel Grace at the launch in Wexford Arts Centre.

Furniture was moved and fans were packed together to cope with the crowds at the recent launch of Rachel Grace's first album.

Eager to get a first listen to the 14-year-old's new offering, over 120 fans crammed themselves into the Wexford Arts Centre for the sold-out event. Rachel performed the full album 'Song For You', including popular track 'The Only Way'. Focusing on the subject of suicide, this song brought the audience close to tears in the final of Wexford Has Talent 2016.

Commenting on the night, Rachel's father and manager Vincent Grace said it was huge success.

'We were very nervous at first but by ten past eight, they were telling us that it was full. Tickets were sold out,' he said. 'It was a brilliant night. She sang for at least an hour and a half.'

During a small break, crowds were kept entertained by Wexford band Borderline who kept the music pumping through the venue.

Rachel's album is now on Soundcloud and on sale in Wexford Arts Centre and through Rachel's Facebook page. Her songs are also getting plenty of airtime on local radio, particularly the tracks 'Hold on to Hope' and 'The Only Way'. However, when she first recorded the songs, Rachel had never intended on making an album.

'We had no intentions of doing the first one. It only came about because she wrote six or seven songs and wanted to get them copyrighted so we went to a recording studio,' explained Vincent. 'But when Brendan Carty at Orchard Studios heard her, he said we had to do something with it. He was blown away by her voice. That's how it all came about.'

These words of encouragement were all Rachel needed to raise the bar and though the new album is complete, she has plenty more in the pipeline. In the coming weeks, she will play a charity gig in the Riverbank House Hotel, a gig in Kehoes and take part in the Wexford Street Performers and Busking Competition. She is also already getting to work on album number two and to add to that, she is currently seeking out some more gigs to keep her busy during the summer months.

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