Lockdowns were tough for most musicians – but for one Scot, they provided the opportunity of a lifetime.
Rachelle Rhienne has revealed that being stuck at home led to her becoming the voice of hit ITV show The Masked Dancer.
She said: “I’m always trying to make something negative into a positive and I definitely feel like I did that with my music during lockdown.
“Because gigs and shows were cancelled, I wasn’t able to throw myself into music that way, so I turned more to networking online.
“Through lockdown, I made a connection with a guy called Gary White who has previously produced one of my singles.
“He sent me an email asking if I had the facilities to record and if I was interested in working on The Masked Dancer.
“Right away I thought it was an amazing opportunity. I set up my little home studio but it’s the most basic setup and I thought I wouldn’t be able to provide good enough recordings for them.
“But they were really happy with what I put forward. I’ve never had that sort of thing happen to me before. It was surreal hearing your vocals on prime time TV.
“They asked me to do The Masked Singer too, so I provide a lot of the backing vocals and harmonies for the celebrities to sing over.”
The Masked Dancer, screened last year, saw 12 celebrities dressed in outrageous costumes busting out their best moves.
Similar to the concept behind The Masked Singer, the aim is to keep their true identity hidden whilst celebrity detectives decode clues.
Rachelle, from Balloch near Dumbarton, shot to fame on video sharing platform TikTok, and admits that she has been staggered by how quickly her fan base grew.
She said: “TikTok is my main platform and that came about mainly due to lockdown. I didn’t treat it as a hobby but it was certainly something I didn’t take as seriously.
“Then one of my videos went viral and it kicked off from there.
“I dedicated more time to it, I put my singing and dancing on there and it really took off.
“It was surprising because the video that went viral at first was a blooper, I wasn’t even going to post it at first.
“My following grew from Christmas 2020. I gained about 100,000 followers within a week and it kept growing from there.
“It still surprises me to this day. It’s just insane.
“It’s allowed me to build a following, and they are such a lovely bunch of people. Everyone is so supportive.”
And ahead of the release of her new single – a cover of Labrinth’s Jealous – Rachelle explained why she decided on the track.
She said: “It was the first ever song that I learned to record myself when I was a lot younger.
“I wanted to show off the different tones in my voice, and it was the perfect song for that.
“I’m planning on releasing a single after Jealous that is completely different to what’s out there at the moment.”
- Jealous is available to stream and download now.
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