Vocals, Guitar & Mandolin
Rachel Matkin could probably sing before she could walk. As a young girl, she performed as part of the Matkin Family Band with her dad Dave and brothers Judd and Seth.
The Matkin Family Band opened for some of country music’s finest such as Dwight Yoakam, Patricia Conroy, Ian Tyson, Gary Fjellgasard, and The Moffats. At the age of 14, Rachel won her very first award as Junior vocalist at the British Columbia Country Music Association (BCCMA).
In 1995, she recorded Living Beyond Our Dreams with Cross Country Records. The album would become a complete success winning the BCCMA Album of the Year with five charting singles.
In 1996 Rachel was nominated for a Juno Award for Country Female Vocalist of the Year. In that same year, she won the Ray McAuley Horizon Award for Female Performer of the Year.
Her success caught the attention of MCA/Universal Music with whom she signed a distribution deal.
In her hometown of Kelowna, BC Rachel won an Okanagan Music Award (OMA) for Female Performers the Year and Country Group of the Year.