Whistler artist Rachel Thom will being playing a patio show at the Rockwater on July

Rachel Thom to play Rockwater

A touch of Whistler will be coming to the Rockwater Grill and Bar in Golden.

The Rockwater is hosting another patio set on Monday July 9 with Whistler artist Rachel Thom.

Thom is a Canadian singer and songwriter as well as keyboardist who originates from Edmonton, and has been living in Whistler for four-and-a-half years.

Music has always been a family affair for Thom. Her brothers and father are also singers and songwriters.

She began performing at the tender age of five and competing since she was eight. By the age of 10 she began songwriting, and at 14 Thom incorporated the guitar into her performance.

Through her studies and life experiences Thom has evolved into a well-rounded musician. She released her first album at the age of 14 and another at the age of 17. Half of the proceeds from her first album went to Children’s Cancer Research.

Thom acquired a musical mentor in New York City. She has also travelled to Los Angeles to record with Jimmy Harry and Chris Fudurich. Jimmy Harry has worked with artists such as Britney Spears, Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

Her single “Innocent Child” is off of her latest CD titled Wear & Tear. This single is about how love makes you feel.

“It seems to appeal to many people over several markets,” said Thom. The single is a refreshing change to what’s being produced in music today.

Thom’s vocals are crisp and expressive. The rhythm in “Innocent Child” is upbeat with a catchy melody and great harmonies. After you hear this song the first time, you exhale. Your body absorbs the music like nourishment to the soul.

Over the years Thom has racked up a few career highlights including a performance with Juno-winner Barney Bentall on the Olympic Main Stage during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

She also sang with Gene Simmons and Sarah McLachlan on New Years Eve, 2011.

The patio show at the Rockwater will be from 9 to 11 p.m. on July 9.