There’s Something about Rachel

About 5 or 6 years ago on Easter Sunday morning, I walked into church and heard a voice.rachel looking Theres Something about Rachel

“Oh, Happy Day!”

A majestic, powerful voice bursting with joyful soul.  It took my breath away. Brought me to the verge of tears. Stopped me in my tracks.  I looked up to the stage and thought, “Whoa! Who is THAT?!”

That was my perfect introduction to my friend Rachel. And since that day I’ve come to know the person behind that voice. And I now know that the power and beauty in that awe-inspiring voice is generated by something powerful and beautiful deep inside Rachel. It comes from the very depth of her beautiful soul.

And she has let that bright light shine…

Rachel has worked as a vocal coach, encouraging kids and adults on their musical journey.

Rachel has sung arias with operas and symphony orchestras.

Rachel has hushed noisy nightclubs, belting out rock songs with my friend John Fancher’s band.

Rachel has led congregations into the presence of the divine on Sunday mornings.

She recorded her first album last year.

       In this duet “Love Song for Chicago,” Rachel is the 2nd vocalist.

Rachel has made the world a better with her amazing gift.

Last night at 6:30 Rachel called me from Napa California. In a few days she will go under the knife.  Numbness and paralyzing pain have wracked her body for the last few weeks. The doctors say it’s a spinal problem. They need to “clean some things out.” And the path they’ll have to take, through Rachel’s neck, could damage her vocal nerves.

It’s by no means a certainty…and we’re praying against it with all we’ve got. But there it is.

Every day I look at a list. It’s a list of my gifts, my passions. My unique talents and skills. Things I should do as much as I possibly can. I know that as I lean into those things I shift atmospheres. I make the world a better place.

What’s on YOUR list? What are your passions? Your unique talents?  What do you do that makes the world a better place? What spark in you, no matter how tiny, almost seems divine?

Today, think about Rachel…and be those things that you are.

Oh, Happy Day!

Perry Marshall

      Rachel sang this song for my daughter, Zoe.

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  • May the Lord send the peace only He can send to you, your family and friends as you move through this journey. May He send the knowledge that only He can grant to all those who attend to you during surgery. Blessings from your brothers and sisters in Christ around next door, across the city and around the world.

  • Jason Garey says:

    Rachel, I was particularly moved by your song for Zoe. As a musician myself, I wanted to offer a blessing in kind.

    The link below is from Marty Goetz, a very gifted singer, songwriter, pianist and Messianic Jew. You are probably familiar with him. It took me an hour to find just the right song for you. I came up with “He Is My Defense”. I hope it blesses you. I pray the Lord’s favor on you, your family, the surgeon and team.

    May His face shine upon you and give you peace.

  • Gemma says:

    If there is one song that speaks to me it is “Happy Day”. To think our Saviour’s bare feet touched the sands of this small blue planet.

    Just knowing that is enough.

    Now He knows that Rachel believes, believes enough to have sung. Whatever happens, she will always sing in her heart.

    Does anything else matter? Really?

  • Kimberly Spear says:

    Rachel, On earth as it is in heaven. Selah.

  • Rosemary UK says:

    God bless you Rachel. The song for Zoe is very moving and I will be sending it on to bless others who know about listening through their hearts. Whatever the future brings, I pray that God will always hold you in his hand and keep you in his grace. You are loved by brothers and sisters across the world whom you have not yet met. Through the times when you many be scared … Peace be with you.

  • Patrick Ward says:


    Your voice is a beautiful gift from the Lord. I’m praying that the doctors can heal you and protect your voice and vocal chords at the same time. Your friend Perry is a friend indeed. Your in our prayers! Pat

  • Thom Scott says:

    Praying for you Rachel! Our God is greater than your challenge. And the gift of your loving heart is even greater than the gift of your voice! Praying that you are comforted and healed and that our Heavenly Father would be glorified in the process!

  • Orestes says:

    I Corinthias 16:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth
    us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Rachel my prayer for you is that the Lord will be with you as He has promised in Isaiah 41:13 For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand,saying unto thee,Fear not;I will hep thee.

    Get hold of that TRUTH and the God of peace will be with you!

    Remember that weeping may endure for a night but joy
    come in the morning(Psalm30:5)…you´ll be whole again sister!

  • Andy Patrylick says:

    Saying a prayer for you Rachel. I’m sure the Lord will make sure your surgery goes well and your voice will be just as lovely as it is now. Speedy recovery. Did I mention you have an amazing voice?

  • Barb says:

    Holding the best possible outcome in mind for you Rachel:-)

    *BIG HUGS*

  • Jay Harper says:



  • I wish you the best healing for you.

    Plus I have some infos for you.
    I just got to know that these kinds of spine-related problems probably do not require a surgery:
    There are people who can heal that with their hands by moving you head around in specific ways why you lay down.

    I know I had fear that I need that kind of surgery to because after an MRI I was diagnosed spinal canal stenosis plus disc prolapse with only 6mm left for the nerves.

    Today my healer has taken care of that and the movements on my left body side are much easier now.

    Of course I don’t know your specific condition but if you find the right healer who knows what he/she is doing, there is a very good chance that you can avoid surgery.

    I am located in Austria/Europe, so you probably can’t go to my healer but I am sure there are poeple with similar skills as him in your area.


    P.S. You may send me email…

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