My first experience of Rachael Leahcar was seeing her wow the coaches, audience and viewers of The Voice in 2012 with her cover of the Edith Piaf classic La Vie En Rose. Five years later and Rachael has released her 4th studio album, titledShadows and is currently touring Australia with her support act Hen. I was fortunate enough to attend the Adelaide leg of Rachael Leahcar's Shadows tour at The Gov on Sunday night, 19th November 2017.
First up was Adelaide-based artist Hen who performed her new single Raincoats from her upcoming album. It was a powerhouse set by Hen (formerly known as Julia Henning) with Eli Green on drums and Nicholas Evans on bass. Then on came Rachael Leahcar who positively glowed and easily engaged and entertained her audience with her brilliant voice and warm sense of humour. She was also supported by Eli Green and Nicholas Evans which worked really well.
First song of the set was the angsty No More Little Girl which was written by Rachael, as were Where You Are, Shadows, Sewn, Beware The Wolf, Taste of the Grapevine, What They Don't Tell You and Little Lady. Rachael mixes Shadows up with covers of Sweet Child O' Mine, The Air That I Breathe, Money Changes Everything and Somebody To Love.
A highlight was the harmonious duet of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, performed by Hen and Rachael and the beautiful song Little Lady which Rachael wrote as a tribute to her cousin Susannah who passed away after a 2 year battle with cancer. What They Don't Tell You was co-written with Josh Pyke. Rachael wrote the title song Shadows as a means to inspiring and supporting those experiencing mental health issues - it's an empowering and emotive song: find out for yourself by watching the music video (below).
Rachael put a twist to Cyndi Lauper's Money Changes Everything by adding a rap verse and finished her set off with soulful versions of Imagine, La Vie En Rose and Let It Be (with a real soul/gospel flavour)
There are two more shows to go: The Old Museum in Brisbane on Friday, 24th November 2017 and Ellington Jazz Club in Perth on Thursday, 30th November 2017.