In the midst of a hectic 2021, playing sell out shows on tour with Adam Harvey, Raechel Whitchurch returns with a brand new single Don’t Be Afraid. It’s the fourth single from her upcoming album ‘Finally Clear,’ set for release on 16th April (available for pre order now).
Produced by Matt Fell (Troy Cassar-Daley, Fanny Lumsden, The Wolfe Brothers) at Love HZ Studios, ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ is deceptively uplifting. “When I first wrote the song, the verses were a little darker than how they ended up”, says Whitchurch. “I usually play my new my songs to my husband, Ben, soon after I write them, so I asked him to have a listen. The first line of the song was, ‘the sun’s going down’ and he said, ‘why don’t you make it a bit more positive and start with the sun’s coming up?”.
“Suddenly, we were writing the song together! Our first co-write! Ben had all these great ideas around the language for the verses, and what started as quite a negative, mournful song, became this message of hope. The genesis of the song grew from my anxiety about entering the studio for the making of the album and we wrote it just a few weeks before we were due to start. I had this idea about not being afraid (mostly because I was petrified about the impending recording process), and while I could hear the melody sort of playing in my head, I couldn’t quite nail down the lyrics, so it was great that Ben was able to help draw them out.”
The video for Don’t Be Afraid was directed by Whitchurch and Chloe Mottau, and edited by Brad L. Spencer. It was filmed in a federation-era house in Sydney’s inner west. Whitchurch says: “I shot the music video for ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ in a beautiful old house in Ashfield, NSW. It’s owned by close friends of my family, and my dad actually suggested that we shoot there. It felt like we were shooting in a mansion from another time, and that was exactly the sort of imagery I wanted to use for the song. ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ is all about taking a chance, chasing your dreams and not knowing what will happen next, and spending the day in this beautiful house and garden captured the essence of the song perfectly.”
2020 was a busy and successful year for Whitchurch. Her first release for the year I Found Home spent 21 weeks in The Music Network Hot 50 airplay charts, while My Father peaked at No.9 and spent 15 weeks in the chart. My Father was also added to the New Music Nashville, Fresh Country, and New Music Friday Spotify playlists, as well Apple Music’s ‘Aussie Country’ gathering over 210k streams. You Ain’t One of Us peaked at No.11 on The Music Network Hot 50 airplay charts and has spent 18 weeks in the charts.
Whitchurch has played big supports slots with country royalty Shane Nicholson, Colin Buchanan, Fanny Lumsden, as well as Wendy Matthews. She is currently opening for Adam Harvey, playing sold out shows on his national tour. She’ll be performing her own headline shows to launch her upcoming album in Parkes, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne throughout April and will appear at a host of festivals including Savannah in the Round in Mareeba, NQ’s Rock’n Country Festival in Mackay, and the Gympie Music Muster.
Raechel Whitchurch has found a way to see the bright side through the fog on Don’t be Afraid and it is the perfect soundtrack to chase our dreams and take bold chances.
Thursday 15th April – The Junk Bar – Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 20th April – The Vanguard – Newtown, NSW
Wednesday 21st April – Hart Bar – Parkes, NSW
Thursday 22nd April – Wesley Anne – Northcote, VIC
Friday 20th August – NQ’s Rockin’ Country – Mackay, QLD
Thursday 26th August – The Gympie Muster – Amamoor, QLD
Friday 1st October – Savannah in the Round – Mareeba, QLD
*Please visit www.raechelwhitchurch.com for all tour dates with Adam Harvey
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