(Nashville, Tennessee) – November 19, 2013- Powerhouse Vocalist-Songwriter Rachel Dampier hit the top 5 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) charts this month with her single, “Strong Heart.” The single was released in June, and has climbed to #5 in only 5 months. ICM radio consists of several thousand radio stations with Christian and Country music formats. Rachel was also named a Top 5 Finalist for ICM New Artist of the Year in August.
She has been on The Resilient Tour since February, making over 30 appearances this year. The tour took her from Times Square in New York, along the east coast in Alabama and Georgia, and to several countries in Asia. She also performed in notable venues in Nashville, Tennessee and gave several radio interviews. Reflecting on the year, Rachel says, “I just feel really blessed that God is allowing me to take the trials and triumphs I’ve been through and turn them into encouraging music that points the way to Him. To see other people blessed by those songs, it’s humbling and it’s priceless.”
Rachel (Saunders) Dampier grew up on the Florida-Alabama line in the small town of Bonifay, Florida. Bonifay is a town famous for rodeos and home to the former, “Biggest All-Night Gospel Sing in the World.” Rachel grew up listening to her mother’s gospel music fill the house, and often sang in church and local concerts. Since childhood, she has written and performed music in churches, colleges and other venues throughout the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. A few highlights of her experience include her performance on the ABC network and in several family television series. She has opened for major artists in Christian, Country and Pop music, and recently recorded a duet on her latest album with American Idol finalist Ricky Braddy. Her previous album, Vintage Gospel, garnered an Angel Award in 2008.
Rachel is becoming known for her powerhouse vocal ability, heart-gripping lyrics and tireless advocacy. Her album is called “Resilient by Love,” and is available on iTunes, Amazon, multiple other online retailers, and her website, racheldampier.com.