The official music video for STARLIGHT - the exciting second single from Rachel Costanzo's upcoming self-titled EP, set for release in July 2014.
Written by Rachel Costanzo, Michael Paynter & Mike Delo
Produced and Mixed by Michael Paynter & Mike Delo for MSquared Productions
Mastered by Tom Coyne @ Sterling Sound, NYC
Video directed by Peter John
Young Australian pop singer on the rise, Rachel Costanzo has announced the release of her new single, Starlight (out August 1) lifted from her self-titled debut EP, out August 22. Rachel’s EP also features her debut single Blindside, which created a decent buzz in the industry on release late last year.
Most people will remember Rachel from her chance encounter on Fox FM, where the station had a temporary computer meltdown and were unable to play programmed music. Rachel saw her opportunity and called Fox who then put her call to air, allowing her to play her single, Blindside down the line. She was then invited to return for an interview and to play her song in full the following day. “It kind of all felt like a dream when they answered my call. Then it hit me when I heard Blindside on air. My whole family were in separate cars that morning listening to it being played on the Fox and I'll never forget that moment,” Rachel gushes.
Rachel’s new single, Starlight is a fresh and fun pop number with light and shade, and will have you up and dancing in no time. Her powerful and impressive vocal range and delivery are captivating and help bring this youthful and energetic sound to life. “Starlight is about escaping from your day to day life and doing things you've always wished of,” explains Rachel.
Filmed in the picturesque Melbourne bayside suburb of St Kilda and featuring iconic Melbourne landmarks Luna Park and The Palais Theatre, the video was shot by Peter John from Epik Films (Simple Plan & The Paper Kites) and stars online dance sensation and X Factor contestant Liam Ferrari. Staying true to who Rachel is, the clip sees a fun loving group of teenagers leaving their normal life and “escaping in the Starlight”.
Rachel’s EP was two years in the making and recorded and co-written with Michael Paynter (The Voice contestant 2013, Sony Music recording artist) and Michael DeLorenzis at MSquared Productions. With a mix of upbeat songs and ballads (one of which features Michael Paynter), the EP maintains a youthful sound and explores the concept of dreaminess and escaping to the unknown. “Working with Rachel Costanzo is a pocket-sized little dream come true. When she opens her mouth to sing, she instantly adds a dimension and character to the melody that we never imagined was possible,” explains Paynter. “Voices like hers are rare, and it’s very exciting to see where her journey is going to take her in the coming years.”