Rachel Rachel - Way To My Heart

Tuesday 1st October 1991
Rachel Rachel - Way To My Heart

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: DaySpring 4213

Reviewed by Paul Kinvig

Question. How many of you out there think that Christian women in rock begins and ends with Margaret Becker? Well, if your tag is Wilson Phillips mixed with a bit of Girlschool, gently simmered with the Bangles then Rachel Rachel is for you. I can't quite get a handle on the name of the band but then again, when I showed this album to one of my friends the last thing he was concerned about was the name for the simple reason that He spotted Kansas' Kerry Livgren and White Heart's Mark Gersmehl and what really made his day was the presence of Dan 'Everything I play turns to gold' Huff. From the lyrical picture painting of "Popa Can You Hear Me" through to the obtusely titled "The Shim Sham' (which contains a chorus that you might not like but you'll find yourself singing) there's plenty here to catch the ear. "Carry On Wayward Son" (yes, that one) stays reasonably faithful to the original but is different enough to make the version interesting. One huge plus in the girls' favour is that they play their own instruments and they aren't arf bad at it either. America at the moment seems to be obsessed with girl groups (e.g. Wilson Phillips, The Barns Sisters, the Triplets) and Rachel Rachel could make a very tidy name for themselves. I would like to hear a few more of the girls' own tracks as they do stand up extremely well against those by the outside writers. Way To My Heart' has found a way to mine.

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Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 15:33 on Sep 16 2013

The first I heard of this all girl band was the video shoot for "Carry On Wayward Son" a classic Kansas' pop hit in the 70's. The video included a cameo by songwriter Kerry Livgren on guitar, quite a hi-light for the video; Cheryl Jewel's lead vocals are top notch.
Released in March of 1991 this cd catapulted the quintet into the ccm scene. Billy Smiley (of White heart) produced this first debut as well the final follow up in 1993. Listen to the fantastic vocal harmonies on "Outside Looking In" just awesome!
written by producer Billy Smiley. Title track is worth the listen, Brynn Beltran on lead vocals. Two ballads close the cd "Papa Can You Hear Me" & "Rain on Me"
the second contains wondrous harmony vocals.
All in all, not a bad initial release. God bless, Don

Posted by Scott @ 00:18 on Feb 5 2008

sure would like a pic of Rachel Rachel's first CD

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