Toronto, ON – January 25, 2016 – On April 1st Heather Rankin is set to release her debut solo album, A Fine Line, via Cadence Music. Best known for her recordings and performances with the multi-platinum selling musical group, The Rankin Family, Heather has created an 11 song collection produced by David Tyson (Co-writer/producer of Alannah Myles, Black Velvet and Amanda Marshall, Dark Horse). The new album includes a cover of Tears For Fears’ 1985 hit, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, featuring hip hop artist Quake Matthews. Fans are encouraged to follow Heather on Facebook and Twitter to take part in the creation of a video for Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Have a listen to the track now and pre-order the album at heatherrankin.ca.
After over twenty-five years of performing with her siblings, Heather Rankin comes into her own with A Fine Line. This is Heather like you have never heard her before, breaking away from The Rankin Family’s signature sound, and forging her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate original songs, and an eclectic mix of others.
“When I set out to make this record I planned to record an entire CD of songs by other writers and I hoped to throw in a few of my own. As the project evolved I ended up cowriting seven of the eleven tracks with my producer, David Tyson.” Heather continues; “My executive producer, Frank Davies introduced the idea of recording a cover song from the 80’s. We collectively loved ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ by Tears For Fears and I realized that the lyric for this song resonated with me now more than ever.”
A Fine Line is an exploration of the balance between grief and joy, love and loss, and life and death. While the sound is distinctively Heather’s own, songs like We Walk As One conjure evocative imagery from the past she shared with her siblings, and with fans all over the world. A song like David Tyson’s Valentine is a heart-felt love song, poignant in its simplicity, where Rankin’s soaring, angelic voice is all that is needed to hit straight to the heart.
This is an exciting record and an exciting musical departure for Heather Rankin, who sold more than a million records as part of The Rankin Family, sang backup vocals on Carly Simon’s album The Bedroom Tapes, has been featured on the recordings of such artists as The Chieftains, Johnny Reid and Will Ackerman and will cohost the 2016 ECMA’s this April with Ashley MacIsaac. Perhaps the most dramatic sense of balance in A Fine Line is Rankin’s own graceful sense of balance between her own musical past, present and future. After more than two decades in the business, A Fine Line suggests that we are only now getting to know Heather Rankin. She has always been known as the youngest of The Rankin Family, but now, as a solo artist, in some ways, she sounds younger, and more timely, than ever.