Raechel Whitchurch Scores #1 Australian Country Album With 'What A Time To Be Alive'

1 June 2024 | 10:57 am | Mary Varvaris

Raechel Whitchurch said landing at #1 on the Australian Country Albums Chart is “absolutely mind-blowing”.

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Raechel Whitchurch is celebrating an exciting weekend, as her new album, What A Time To Be Alive, has landed at #4 on the ARIA Australian Albums Chart and #1 on the Australian Country Albums Chart.

On the Australian Albums Chart, she’s fourth alongside Hilltop Hoods – the rap group, at #1 with the tenth-anniversary edition of Walking Under Stars – Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story - Music From The Feature Documentary, and The Very Best by INXS. At #5 is Angus & Julia Stone with their new album Cape Forestier.

On the Australian Country Albums Chart, Whitchurch has gone above The Whitlams Black Stump’s Kookaburra, James Johnston’s Raised Like That, Troy Cassar-Daley’s Between The Fires, and The Very Best Of Lee Kernaghan: Three Decades Of Hits.

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In a personal statement shared with Countrytown, Whitchurch said landing at #1 on the Australian Country Albums Chart is “absolutely mind-blowing”.

“I wrote the title track What A Time To Be Alive about how I went through a really horrific miscarriage,” she began. “I never thought that song would make it onto an album, so it is absolutely mind-blowing to me that it became the name of my second album and that this week it’s the #1 Australian Country Album. Truly, what a time to be alive.”

She continued, “I’m so thankful to my producer Matt Fell, who really brought these songs to life, my label manager Graham Thompson, my fans who went out and bought the album, and mostly, my amazing husband Ben Whitchurch, who has believed in me every step of the way.

“I love country music so much and I think that if you can tell someone a story within a song, you can change the world. I hope that these songs help to make the world a better place.”

You can buy/listen to What A Time To Be Alive here.

What A Time To Be Alive is the follow-up to Whitchurch’s 2021 debut album, Finally Clear, and it arrived with great anticipation from the Australian country music community.

With the songs written from 2020 through 2023, Whitchurch faced uncertainty around her music career due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the music industry for over two years.

She was also raising her one and three-year-old children with her husband in a tiny Sydney apartment, all while experiencing grief after losing an unborn baby and her grandmother. In addition to those raw stories, Whitchurch reflected on her upbringing and revisited a pivotal experience: performing for inmates at Broken Hill jail.