With a deep care for people Rachael holds her connection with herself and all others as the foundation of true love in her life – and it is from this place of connection that she produces the music she makes today.
Rachael Kane is a singer songwriter from Melbourne, Australia.
Her new album, In Full Bloom, is available now.
In Full Bloom is the first full length album by Rachael Kane since she began recording with her producer husband Benjamin Hurt. It marks an evolutionary shift in her approach to making music as inspired by the work of philosopher and author Serge Benhayon and Glorious Music producer and artist Michael Benhayon. A layered and multi-dimensional offering Rachael Kane's album is imbued not only with the amazing depth and maturity of her sound but is equally considered in it's energetic quality and the effect this has on the listener. A rich and varied rock/pop album Rachael's voice is divine in it's sweetness and yet full of power and strength.
UME: You have recently released your album “In Full Bloom”. What was your inspiration for the album?
Rachael: I started writing it quite a long time ago and it really came about through my own development of myself. I really felt like I wanted to do some work on myself a few years ago and I got in touch with a practitioner who was doing some courses with Universal Medicine. I started doing some courses and some healing on myself that I hadn’t really done before, but it was much needed at the time. As I went through that I started writing songs that were very, very different to how I’d written them before. In the past they would have been about my . . . I guess, emotional stuff and I just wanted to let go of all of that and start to really connect to a deeper part of me, and express that in music, so it’s been a really beautiful unfolding process.
UME: The tracks are very uplifting and joyful and I would love to hear about the title track “Full Bloom”:
Rachael: I wrote Full Bloom on piano and it really was just a matter of having an impulse, feeling that I literally was opening up and my whole body was expanding from the inside out, a really beautiful feeling. And I just felt to put that into a song and all I had to do was basically sit down at the piano and start playing and then the song just came – it was basically written within ten minutes.
UME: There are so many outstanding tracks on the album and “She’s a Powerhouse” is a classic which really makes you feel like turning the volume up and singing away:
Rachael: Powerhouse was really inspired again by my own development as a woman, but as I started writing it I felt how much I’d been inspired by Natalie Benhayon and the work that she does with women which is just incredible. She has been a huge inspiration to me and it was like, as I was writing it she was there; and then all the women that I know were there; and then all women were there – and I just knew that this song was written for every woman.
UME: Would you be able to share the inspiration behind the beautiful track “Girl to Woman”?
Rachael: About two years ago a friend Sara Harris had the impulse to begin a project called the “Girl to Woman Project” and she asked me if I would be able to write a song for the project. She had some footage of some girls and young women that she had taken and she was asking them some questions about how they felt about growing from a girl into a woman and when I saw that footage I was so deeply touched by what I felt and what I saw that a song came to me.
I think it was that afternoon after Sara left!
Then I caught up with her at a café and I whispered it in her ear as we were having a cup of tea and she was really like “wow, this is amazing!”. So we recorded the song, made the film clip and there was a whole lot of beautiful young and older women in it because of course the song’s not just for young women, it’s for every woman, because we all went from girls to becoming a woman and that part of us is still very, very much alive.
UME: The song became the anthem to the inaugural “Girl to Woman” festival that was run at the Lennox Head Community Centre:
Rachael: That’s correct, yeah. And so I performed the song there and had the CD’s for sale and the video was shown as well and that’s right, the first time we did it all the young girls from the audience got up and actually sang the song. So it was very beautiful.
UME: Rachael, you come from a pop background but your music style has changed quite a lot. Could you share about that transition for you, where you were with your music and how different what you’re now producing is?
Rachael: I did come from a pop music background and I started writing songs in my early twenties and was really driven to become successful in music and in the music industry. I was very influenced as a young girl by all of the images that I saw around me of those who were successful in pop music, like Madonna and a whole lot of others - that were from my generation. I was profoundly influenced by these artists and I took on a lot of behaviours that weren’t very healthy for me at all.
My first single got played quite extensively on Australian radio and became a hit - top 50 on the Aria charts - I thought “Ok this is it, now I’m going to make it” and this was going to be everything I’ve ever wanted. When my second and third single weren’t played as much as the first one and my album didn’t sell the way that it was expected to, this left me in a situation where it wasn’t going to happen for me and I had to then feel all of my investment in why I wanted to make it and why I didn’t feel enough just being myself - so it was a really big time for me and an absolute blessing in the long run because I wasn’t really being the real me.
UME: It feels like your album ‘Full Bloom’ is a true expression of who you are and you can just be yourself, rather than the ‘pop artist’ you were previously striving to be:
Rachael: Absolutely and it felt just so completely different and absolutely beautiful to do it in this way and have the opportunity to basically do it all again but from who I really am.
UME: You also help others with their singing and music with your business Connected Voice, can you tell me about it:
Rachael: Sure. At Connected Voice I teach children and adults and it’s really about supporting people to connect to themselves and then to express, whether that be in singing, in presentations or just in everyday life and conversation. Just to really be able to be yourself in your expression.
UME: Beautiful, because there’s a certain quality in your voice, to me, that feels very free. There is no locking up or push in the vocal, it’s just so free, open and clear and I know you’re naturally a very gorgeous singer but there’s something about that ability to be very open, almost transparent that allows that to come through.
Rachael: Yeah, for me it’s really been about learning to connect to my body and be present with that and absolutely anyone can do that and it’s very beautiful when we do because there can be a lot of anxiousness and fear about speaking up and about just communicating in every day life, something that we all need to do and it takes a lot of the stress out of it when our expression just becomes very natural and free flowing.
UME: Just getting back to your album, In Full Bloom, I believe that you’ve collaborated for the first time with your husband Ben?
Rachael: Yeah, that’s right. We hadn’t worked together on anything like this before so we were like ‘can we actually do this – can we make this happen?’ I guess working with your partner can be challenging and we have had challenges before when we’ve tried to work together. But we did it and we did really well! It actually brought us a lot closer together. Every morning we would spend two or three hours on the album, recording and producing it. Ben is just amazing with production and engineering and what he brought to the album was just incredible so, yeah, a really great combination the two of us working together! Now we can’t stop thinking about other projects that we can do and it’s all coming through, it’s not stopping.
UME: The album is very polished and beautifully produced. It’s simple, yet it’s so crisp and clear – it is credit to both of you and what you have produced together. Thank you for sharing with us Rachael.
Rachael:: Yeah awesome, thank you