Canadian Pop artist Rachel Cousins released her latest single, ‘For Myself.’
Canadian Pop empowering, soulful artist Rachel Cousins is a stunning vocalist packed with incredible vocal harmony, who is an immensely talented writer, which at the young age of 20 has already achieved an incredible amount of success in her music career, emerging as one of Atlantic Canada’s most promising pop artists. She’s winning over fans and writing her story, one compelling composition at a time with her early 2000’s Pop sound complemented by modern elements, Rachel’s impressive songwriting and soaring vocals have landed the Newfoundland based artists’ music on top television shows including CityTV’s “The Wedding Planners”, CBC’s Hudson” and the People’s Choice award-winning series “Wynonna Earp”. She has twice been awarded Pop Artist of the Year by MusicNL, and was a Top 10 finalist in CBC’s Searchlight competition. Since releasing her debut 5-song EP This Fire in 2017, Rachel has demonstrated her ability to weave pop melodies with folk, rock, and electronic influences. Because of this, you’ll find her voice featured on tracks from a diverse roster of Newfoundland’s most successful artists. Most notably, the 2020 collaboration album Songs from Home was produced with funding from Music NL’s “Press On” program and showcased Rachel alongside Alan Doyle, Fortunate Ones, The Ennis Sisters, and The Once.
Rachel has grown her audience with an impressive list of sync placements in television and film since signing with Toronto’s CYMBA music publishing. Her 2018 single “Let Go” was placed in the People’s Choice Award winning series Wynonna Earp, CBC’s Hudson, and the feature-length film, The Art of Falling in Love. The song “Hope to Bring” from Rachel’s 2019 self-titled album was an anchor on the successful CityTV show The Wedding Planners.
Rachel Cousins’ talent as a vocalist and songwriter is no secret in her home province, where she has collected 6 Music NL nominations and was named the Pop Artist of the Year for 2020 and again for 2021. St. John’s non-profit organization Stella’s Circle commissioned Cousin’s to write and perform the song Just Sing! with their “Inclusion Choir” in 2019. Rachel is also the only NL artist to have a song (“Arrow of Love”) published through Hal Leonard, who arranged the song for choir in the Henry Lenk, Creating Artistry series.
With her most recent single, “Aftermath”, Rachel Cousins offers a vulnerable-yet-polished piece of herself to the listener. CBC called the song a “soaring piano pop ballad” as it reached the top 10 of the national Searchlight Contest on June 15, 2021, while The Telegram named Rachel a “Girl on Fire”. At this pace, it’s no doubt that Rachel Cousin’s will soon burn up the pop charts.
Her feature on Ian Foster’s rendition of Joan Morrisey’s “Surrounded By Water” has reached nearly 100,000 views on YouTube. As she gears up to release her debut album later this year, Rachel has just released “For Myself”, an anthemic Pop/R&B song with an infectious groove and powerful message, that was just featured on Sportsnet’s Hockey Night!
Written alongside Jemuel Roberts and Daniel Adams who also produced the track, the song came together during an online writing session. Starting with the intention of writing a more upbeat, positive track, and moving away from Rachel’s for ballads, it didn’t take long for the three songwriters to create the rhythm and lyrics for the tune, which was fully complete a few short months later.
About the song “For Myself”:
, “For Myself” is a song that stays true to Rachel’s early 2000’s Pop sound while seamlessly blending in modern R&B elements. Written shortly after a breakup, the song eloquently delivers the universal message that there’s nothing wrong with taking time and doing things for oneself. Through its enveloping rhythm, positive lyrics, and dreamy vocal layers, “For Myself” is both an affirmation and anthem that will put any listener in a good mood. A self proclaimed “people pleaser”, Rachel uses “For Myself” to move away from doing the things that make other people happy that at the same time compromise her own feelings. Through her uplifting new anthem, Rachel once again showcases her incredible vocal talent, beautifully crafted lyrics, and ability to inspire.
Citing Lennon Stella, H.E.R, Ariana Grande, and Kacey Musgraves as some of her musical icons, Rachel uses their often genre-blended music to create a sound all her own. As she gears up to release her debut album later this year, fans can expect some East Coast tour stops as well as some incredible new music videos from the rising artist.
“Inspired by early 2000’s pop and R&B, the song is a groovy and empowering dance-pop number that speaks the importance of self-care and living your truth day by day, without the need for a significant other”. – Rachel Cousins
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