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Published on April 25th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz

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Rachel Beck On Her Forthcoming “Stronger Than You Know” Album, Life During COVID-19 & More

Rachel Beck’s distinctive piano melodies and emotive vocals have been captivating audiences across Canada over the past few years. Her self-titled debut album garnered multiple award nominations and wins, including two 2019 Music PEI Awards for “Pop Recording Of The Year” and “New Artist Of The Year,” as well as two 2019 ECMA nominations for “Pop Recording Of The Year” and “Rising Star Recording Of The Year.” That album’s lead single, “Reckless Heart,” spent numerous weeks at the #1 spot on the CBC Music Top 20 Chart in 2018, ultimately earning Beck a SOCAN #1 Award.

Beck’s sophomore album, Stronger Than You Know, is set for release later this year. Several singles from Stronger Than You Know have already been released, giving fans a sense that Beck has produced another great full-length effort. The title track is the song most recently made available to fans, as uploaded to digital content providers on April 17th, while “Warrior” was the previous single; Beck had co-directed the music video for “Warrior.” Beyond preparing for the release of Stronger Than You Know, Beck has kept busy with livestreamed performances, including one as part of the #CANADAPERFORMS concert series — presented by the National Arts Centre — on April 16, 2020.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Rachel Beck by phone on April 21, 2020 about Stronger Than You Know, future plans, her appreciation of Whitney Houston, and more. Simply put, she was as nice as one could hope for an artist to be during an interview, and that full chat is embedded below for your listening pleasure. More on all things Rachel Beck can be found at www.rachelbeckmusic.com.


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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.


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