“A dream that you’ll never want to wake up from.” –Razmataz Magazine
Rachel Elizabeth is the artist formerly known as Fern. Fern started as a musical experiment that lasted well over four years, helping Elizabeth develop her song-writing and performance skills under the loving safety of a moniker. The name change comes, in part, due to copyright concerns, but also to better reflect her artistic vision moving forward.
As Fern, Elizabeth toured Saskatchewan and Alberta, opened for the likes of Rae Spoon, Jeremy Fisher and Megan Nash, as well as released her debut studio EP ‘Strange Fingerprints’ through the Sound and Silence Collective, a steadily growing independent record label (Saskatoon, SK).
Recorded in the summer of 2013 with funding from SaskMusic, her EP Strange Fingerprints was well received, garnering Elizabeth vocal comparisons to Joni Mitchell and Jenny Lewis. The record also landed on local community station CFCR’s Top 10 chart for two weeks, staying in their Top 30 for five consecutive weeks (!Earshot). ‘Prairie Skies,’ the final track on the EP currently has over 700 views on YouTube and is featured on SaskMusic’s 2015 InTune Compilation.
Following her EP ‘Strange Fingerprints,’ Elizabeth is focusing on piano based songs, a path forged by standout track 'Prairie Skies' and continued on ‘The Spendthrift and the Swallow.’ Based on the Aesop Fable of the same name, the track is a collaboration between her and local songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Popiel (Juniperus, Minor Matter). The track was co-written as part of Juniperus’ Fable adaptation project, the Fabulist (juniperusmusic.com/). In addition to vocals and piano by Elizabeth, the track also features mandolin, strings, and a quirky horn section that only Popiel could pull off.
With the generous support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Elizabeth is spending the Spring (2016) writing a new full length album, tentatively titled, ‘Wildflowers of the Prairies.’
Photo Credit: Megan Van Buskirk © 2014