Growing up in Wasaga Beach, Canada, 2019 Boots and Hearts Music Festival Emerging Artist Showcase Finalist, Rebecca Rain, now splits her time between her hometown and Nashville writing and recording her debut album. Although considered a new face in Canadian country music, Rebecca is no stranger to the stage, having grown up performing in bars and restaurants in the GTA. Over the past few years, she’s created an industry buzz with her relatable songwriting and soulful country powerhouse vocals, both of which have landed her opening slots for award-winning artists Meghan Patrick, Tim Hicks, James Barker Band, and Canadian Country Music icon, Charlie Major.Introspective and empowering, Rebecca Rain’s new music embodies a fresh country sound exploring themes of dating, heartbreak, and facing life’s various challenges head-on with strength and determination. The first single, “I Don’t Take Shit” off Rebecca’s debut album was released on August 26th, 2022 and has since been added on Topsify’s “Complete Country” playlist, as well as landed her opening slots for Beverly Mahood at St.Thomas Summer Harvest Festival 2022 and for Jess Moskaluke on the Barrie, ON Stop of the award- winning country stars “Map Dot Tour”. Her current single “Sad Country Song” was released on January 20th, 2023. While the beginning of the year can sometimes spark ambition and new beginnings, it can also bring about feelings of sadness or grief that often hit deeper than simply the post-holiday blues. Rebecca Rain’s “Sad Country Song” takes listeners on a journey from embracing the inherent fragility of our emotions, allowing us to seek solace in the music, and then come out the other side that much stronger. Rebecca reminds listeners that it’s okay to be vulnerable and upset sometimes, but to remember that you’re going to get through it, and overcome life’s challenges. Rebecca’s relatable lyrics ignite a sense of community and comradery that connects listeners to the authenticity of a sad country song, while in turn, allowing the music to be an outlet for healing. The song stemmed from a conversation between Rebecca and her brother Jamie Stephens, about how sad country songs are often a place they seek solace when going through hard times. The two got to writing, and shared the song with producer and friend, Doug Romanow, to add the finishing touches. The three writers believe in the power of music, and how it can not only be a solace, but also a source of inspiration. “The singer might stop but your heart will stay strong, Cause you ain’t a sad country song.” Mental health is a cause that is near and dear to Rebecca’s heart, as mental illness affects one in five Canadians. With the release of this song, Rebecca vows to donate a percentage of proceeds to the Canadian Mental Health Association, while also advocating to end the stigma surrounding mental health.