Heaton Norris singer/songwriter Rachel Kern was delighted when her local MP Ann Coffey nominated her to take park in Rock the House, the Parliamentary live music competition which celebrates up-and-coming unsigned British artists.
Rock the House, now in its fourth year, aims to raise the profile of live music amongst Parliamentarians and every British MP is invited to nominate a solo-artist, a band or under-18s act from their constituency. This year the contest took place at a music venue in South London and all the artists attend a reception at the House of Commons in the evening, where the winners in each category play a live set.
Ann Coffey met up with Rachel in Stockport to talk about the event. Rachel, one of thirteen finalists, wowed the crowd at Rock the House on 1st July with her exceptional song “Jacqueline”. The judging panel of music industry experts included Iron Maiden founder Tony Moore, who offered Rachel a solo gig later this year.
Rachel, who combines her musical career with being a mum and training to be a counsellor, said:
“I am so pleased that Ann put me through to this competition. Music will always be a big priority in my life but it’s good to get an extra push and Ann has really encouraged me. Rock the House is a cool basis for a competition and I really enjoyed the day.”
Ann Coffey said:
“The creative industries are very important for the UK, and I’m glad this competition is helping to promote new music. It’s great for Stockport that Rachel did so well at Rock the House, reaching the finals on the day. I wish her every success with her new album. ”