Pop Rachel McFarlane on and let the music lift you up. She will take you to the clouds above!
Manchester born singer Rachel McFarlane (b.1971) started out as a gospel singer aged just twelve years old. She was 20 when she joined The Family Foundation and recorded the 1992 single “Express Yourself”, although this was not a hit. After they split up, she was signed up as the singer of new pop/dance act, Loveland, featuring songwriters Mark Hadfield and Paul Taylor, and Pete Waterman‘s son, Paul! Their first single, “(Keep On) Shining”, was released in the Spring of 1994 and just crept into the UK singles chart at No.37. Their second effort, “Let The Music (Lift You Up)”, did much better and went to No.16 that Summer.
Loveland had a further two chart hits in 1995 with “I Need Somebody” (No.21) and “Don’t Make Me Wait” (No.22) while their fifth, “The Wonder Of Love”, just missed the all important top 40. Rachel sang vocals on N-Trance’s 1994 single “Turn Up The Power” (No.23), just before the group scored a massive hit with “Set Me Free”, in early 1995. Rachel launched her solo career in 1998 with the single, “Lover”, which broke the UK top 40 at No.38. Oddly, the song was remixed and re-recorded in 2005, this time charting two places higher at No.36!
Possibly this was in the wake of Rachel being asked to sing vocals for new dance act LMC’s 2004 hybrid tune, “Take Me To The Clouds Above”, which used samples from U2’s “With Or Without You” and Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know“. “Take Me To The Clouds Above” became a massive hit the world over, topping the UK singles chart and the US dance chart. Rachel reunited with the group for their 2006 single, “You Get What You Give”, although this only reached No.30. The song did, however, became Rachel’s ninth UK top 40 hit single, either as a solo artist, or as a vocalist with a group.
Life for Rachel has been a little less hectic since then, although she herself continues to perform at dance venues and clubland gigs and festivals. Rachel has recently returned to recording as a solo artist and released the songs “Praise Him” in 2020 and “Sweet Spirit” in May 2021. 2021 has also seen the release of her solo album, “Evolution”, and seen Rachel promoting and singing live once more. Things are looking back up to the clouds above for Ms. McFarlane, who recently celebrated her 50th birthday! Take me…!
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