Annapolis Valley singer-songwriter, Rachel MacLean, has been sharing her music with audiences since she was very young. She performed for over 15 years as part of the popular sibling duo, “The MacLeans”, and recorded five successful independent albums with her sister, Mary, during that time. Rachel has been performing solo for over a decade, pleasing audiences with her beautiful voice, sweet smile, and inspirational/folk/seasonal music. She released her first solo album, “Beyond the Rain”, in 2013. Her latest Christmas album, “Falling Snow”, was released in 2019.
In 2009, Rachel was commissioned to write a new theme song for the internationally renowned Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival. She cowrote and recorded, “A Time to Celebrate”, with producer and musician, Jamie Robinson. Rachel also wrote and recorded “Hope Is Alive” for “Beyond the Rain”. In 2016, she was honoured to be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for her contribution of “Hope Is Alive” for the Rotary Foundation’s use on the occasion of it’s 100th birthday.
For the better part of a decade, Rachel has been invited to be part of the MADD Nova Scotia memorial ceremony in Dartmouth. She has supported other notable events including Relay for Life for the past 15 years. Rachel participated in a trade mission to Iceland sponsored by Tourism Nova Scotia and her music has been featured on radio and television since first appearing on CBC radio in 1994.
In 2019, Rachel celebrated 10 years of her very popular Christmas production (Christmas With Friends) at University Hall in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Over the past decade, she has shared the stage with award winning artists such as Alan Frew (from band, “Glass Tiger”), Dan Hill, Jimmy Rankin, Bruce Guthro, Heather Rankin, Terry Kelly, Michelle Wright, and many more.