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Heather Rankin goes it alone with debut album

Truro Daily News 

Raissa Tetanish

Heather RankinTRURO – Heather Rankin never saw herself as a solo artist.

But the launch of her debut album, “A Fine Line,” in April changed that.

“My entire musical career has been with my family around me. They were my musical outlet,” said Rankin.

The 11th of 12 children spent 10 years performing with her siblings as the multi-platinum selling Celtic and folk group, The Rankin Family. She is in Truro Thursday to perform at the Marigold Cultural Centre.

Rankin spent about three years on the album, working with David Tyson based out of Los Angeles.

“I wasn’t sure what kind I wanted to make. When I met David Tyson, I was writing some of my own songs and he encouraged taking the time to make my record,” said Rankin. “In the end, we co-wrote seven songs for the album.”

One of the songs from the 11-track recording is getting a lot of attention since its release – her cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” She teamed up with Quake Matthews for the cover of the 1985 hit.

Rankin was hesitant to cover a song from her teen years but didn’t want to close any doors of opportunity.

“For me, this song was from a great period of growth.”

But it’s the song “We Walk As One” that really has special meaning.

“It really speaks to my early years and the important role my family played in my life.”

The album, she said, pushes the envelope and covers a number of musical genres, from pop to traditional, and even some Celtic and folk.

“But it’s different in that it’s all me. It’s speaking more to my own experiences and I’m singing more from the heart.”

The performance at the Marigold begins at 7:30 p.m. Another Cape Breton musician, Kim Dunn, will also be on stage with a new album, “Inspiration.”

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through the Marigold’s box office, by calling 902-897-4004, or online at