“Rachael is an incredibly talented young artist with massive international potential. Since winning the Toyota Star Maker Award, she has become one of the most played artists across our network, topping the charts on multiple occasions.” Justin Thomson (Kix Country Network)
2018 was a year of highlights for country pop artist Rachael Fahim who has gone from strength to strength in her transformation from teen sweetheart to one of Australia’s most promising cross-over prospects. The girl who won 2017’s Toyota Star Maker competition (joining the ranks of past alumni such as Keith Urban and Lee Kernaghan) has become a young woman with a dedicated fan base and a rapidly building career.
But the prestigious Star Maker award was not the beginning of the journey, it represented the hard work and dedication of a young artist who had been performing and writing from the age of 14! By the time Rachael had won the Toyota Star Maker award she was already a veteran of 5 Tamworth Country Music Festivals and had been releasing singles since 2015. As part of her Star Maker prize, Fahim was able to secure a higher level of production and profile than previously and released a series of tracks through 2017 including ‘Confetti’ which bought her to the attention of respected management company Top Dog Group.
In the 2017 / 18 period Rachael performed over 250 live shows and festivals including the Gympie Music Muster, Rockin Rocky and the Backroad Bash which saw Fahim performing in every State and Territory of Australia. This run of live performances also included a number of showcases in Nashville where Rachael also participated in two months of songwriting workshops with some of the Worlds most respected songwriters. One of the collaborators in Nashville included Grammy Award winning Emily Weisband (Lady Antebellum, Kieth Urban) who has co-authored the two singles from Rachael’s forthcoming EP ‘Brake Lights’ and ‘What I Don’t Know’.
The success of those writing sessions became apparent when the 2018 year started with a CMC Award nomination for New Artist of the Year – in the following 9 months Rachael twice hit #2 on the Australian Country Music singles charts, #1 on CMC and #1 on Kix Country radio chart – all leading to Rachael becoming Spotify’s highest streamed Australian female country artist of 2018. Fahim is also uniquely placed as the highest profile Country artist in Australia, and perhaps the World, with a middle Eastern heritage. A brilliant product of a successful multicultural society.
Winning over fans across Australia is one thing, but Fahim is now making herself known to the wider industry, having performed killer sets at Brisbane’s Bigsound industry event, and intends on following up with a debut appearance at the prestigious SxSW Music Festival as one of only two Australian representatives from the Country Music industry. As 2019 hits, the momentum has not slowed. Rachael has a brand new single and EP up her sleeve, again co-written by Emily Weisband and will be performing those songs for the first time at SXSW (South by South West) in Austin, Texas in March before closing out 2019 in Nashville.
Troy Barrott (Manager)
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