Rachel Meissner

Rachel was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada in 1993. She grew up in a family of 5, most of which were artists, or musicians, or both. If you ever were to stay in the Meissner home for a week, it is very likely you would be woken up early in the morning by the soothing sound of the piano, the not so soothing sound of drum lessons taking place in the basement, or someone just playing around on a guitar. And usually, this is all accompanied by the sweet smell of freshly baked goodies being made in the kitchen by her mother, who often likes to keep in touch with her Mennonite heritage. 
  Growing up in a family of such creative people, as well as friends who all have amazing artistic and musical talent, it didn’t take long for Rachel to find her passion in music. She started learning piano at the age of 12 and began singing at the age of 15.  Rachel joined the worship team at her home church of Niagara Community Church, and learned a lot about worship from many different and amazing leaders at NCC.
           In the summer of 2013, Rachel, and a group of friends, all decided to attend English Lake Bible School in North Judson, Indiana. In that time, the School had hosted many different teachers, including some, who came all the way from England. It was from those teachers, that Rachel found out about an Internship oppurtunity at Community Church Derby, and from that point, she knew what her next step in life would be. 
Rachel has a passion for traveling and learning about new places and cultures, so it’s no surprise she ended up going to England for 8 months. What made it even better was that she was living with Simon and Gaynor Shaw, and their 3 beautiful daughters, Olivia, Kirsten, and Evelyn. From the first day she walked in through that blue door, on October 18, 2013, she felt at home and accepted into such a wonderful and beautiful family! In the time she was there, Rachel and the Shaws (and a few others) did some songwriting, and decided to record an album. And that’s where The Blue Door album started.

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