Rachel Beausoleil is a French-Canadian jazz fusion chanteuse, and award-nominated
producer. Born and raised in Montreal, Rachel has followed her life-long passion for voice work for over 25 years. She is now based in Ottawa.
She is proud to present Sol da Capital, her first full album of original songs, in collaboration with Brazilian guitarist-composer Evandro Gracelli. She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition.
Since the late 1980s, Rachel has been part of many vocal groups, including:
♪ a capella sextet, C’est What?
♪ The Juliet Singers treble trio
♪ The Capital Voices mixed quartet
She has also fronted her own combos, including
♪ Latin jazz group, Caoba (1990s)
♪ Beausoleil Trio, with guitarist Garry Elliott and percussionist Liz Hanson
Rachel’s performances show her love of languages, world musics, and her dramatic flair. Notable venues include:
♪ the Molson Stage, Toronto’s Harbourfront
♪ the Prime Minister’s residence, Ottawa
♪ Le Balcon, Montreal
♪ Almanaque Café, Campinas, Brazil
♪ Madeleine Bar, São Paulo, Brazil
Rachel toured with the Panamérica Canção Project in 2013, alongside Gracelli and Emilio Martins (percussion), in Canada and Brazil.
Her voice studies include working with acclaimed bass-baritone Ingemar Korjus, and JUNO winner Jeri Brown. In Brazil she received instruction, and a thumbs-up, from living legend Rosa Passos.
Rachel’s previous recordings are Brazz (2020), The Dawning (2009), and Close to My Heart (2001). She is also featured as conductor and vocalist on Elise Letourneau’s Requiem for Fourteen Roses (2014).
“[Beausoleil’s] vocals are so endearing, enchanting, and entrancing (she’s hypnotic on every track…)”
Tony Frankel, Editor-in-Chief, StageAndCinema.com
Sol da Capital is a long-awaited full-length album of original jazz songs by award-nominated Canadian producer and singer-songwriter Rachel Beausoleil, and Brazilian guitarist-composer Evandro Gracelli.
Brazz is a culmination of Rachel’s 7-year long journey studying Brazilian music and the Portuguese language. In duo, trio and quintet formation, she performs classics from the Brazilian popular music repertoire. Brazz features Garry Elliott (guitar), Evandro Gracelli (guitar), Liz Hanson (percussions), Angel Araos (percussions), Jasmin Lalande (woodwinds), and Sílvio Módolo (electric bass).
The Dawning is a global collection of songs featuring the United States, Canada, Cuba, Belgium, Russia, and Brazil. The songs touch on universal themes of love, nature, hope, and inspiration are performed in their native languages (English, French, Spanish, and Russian). These timeless songs are stripped down versions with only Yves Laroche (piano) and Tom Posner (double bass) accompanying Rachel’s voice.
Close to my Heart is a rich collection of ballads in various world styles. Jazz standards, Latin boleros, French chansons and a Rachel Beausoleil original. Canadian jazz hero Roddy Ellias arranged Rachel’s debut. Ellias also provides the guitar accompaniment. Fraser Hollins (bass) and Matt Pencer (drum) complete her quartet. Rachel performs the tracks in their original languages … English, French, and Spanish.
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