Rachel Layne is a young, up-and-coming singer-songwriter from British Columbia, Canada. Though she is primarily a country music musician, she often branches out into other genres as well, and is very versatile with her songwriting style. On Wednesday afternoon, Rachel…
Rachel Layne is a young, up-and-coming singer-songwriter from British Columbia, Canada. Though she is primarily a country music musician, she often branches out into other genres as well, and is very versatile with her songwriting style.
On Wednesday afternoon, Rachel spoke with us regarding her career in music and what it’s like as a Canadian country singer:
Music-Overload: Hey Rachel. Can you start out by telling us a little bit about your musical background and how you got started in the business?
Rachel Layne: “I’ve been playing ever since I can remember, but the first time I really sang in front of people was when I was eight years old. I’ve always really liked music because it’s something that I’m able to feel. I think that’s one of the reasons that music meant so much to me and why I started writing, as well.”
M-O: As a songwriter, do you have any musicians that you enjoy listening to and use as an influence in your writing?
Rachel: “Definitely. There’s so many different musical influences that I have. I really like Boston and Prism, I love their writing style. I find it so honest. And then I also like music like Adele. Mainly, for me, I just really like honesty in writing.”
M-O: You mainly consider yourself a country musician, but you often branch off into other genres as well. What is it that makes you branch out and touch on other genres in your music, rather than sticking with just one?
Rachel: “I found that when I was younger I was writing and performing a lot more country songs, but as I’ve grown up and developed more, my writing style has also changed a little bit. I have a few different genres coming in. I just think it’s so great to be able to go from different styles of music but to also kind of keep it all together.”
M-O: While writing songs, do you have a specific process and/or approach, or does it tend to vary from song to song?
Rachel: “A lot of the time, for me, the lyrics will usually come first. I also put a lot of detail in my songs, because I think it’s important to make the song personal but also at the same time to keep them real. Songwriting is one of my favorite things to do because it’s something that I am able to do what I want with it.”
M-O: With the center of the country music industry being based in Nashville, TN, do you find it challenging to be in the industry while living all the way up in Canada?
Rachel: “Nashville is a huge country town, but nowadays––with Youtube and the internet––I think people are able to create and promote music a little easier from wherever they are living.”
M-O: You were recently selected as an Unsigned Only semi-finalist. What was it like finding out that you’ve selected as a semi-finalist?
Rachel: “Oh yes, definitely. My first song What Is Love, which is a song I just recently had produced, was selected to be one of the semi-finalists by the Unsigned Only music competition. I’m so excited about it. Also the song was selected by “Woman of Substance Internet Radio.” And it’s so cool to see my first song end up somewhere like that. So I am really excited about it.”
M-O: Are there any other projects (songs, shows, etc.) that you are currently working on?
Rachel: “I will be playing at The Roxy in Vancouver on July 26th, and I’ll also be playing at Fortune Sound Club in Vancouver on August 30th. In addition to that, I’m still continuing to write and am working on getting more songs recorded and produced.
The main thing for me is to just keep moving forward. If you’re not going backwards, it’s a good thing. So I’m just going to keep going forward.”
Be sure to check out Rachel’s official website for all of her original music/videos and upcoming events. Also give her a follow on social media: