"Never Give Up"
Inspired by early Gospel and R&B legends of the '60s, 70s and 90s, Rachel. grew up swooning along with her music. She cultivated her silky-smooth vocals in a gospel choir in her hometown of Dallas, TX where she still shares her gift on occasion.
Thanks to production team, Kendell Mays, Christian Saccardo and Young Gabriel Ewegbeje for their passionate vision to produce an inspiring video of the original song, "What Is Your Song?"
What Is Your Song was written & produced by grammy award winning Madukwu Chinwah to help inspire, uplift and embolden parents and teenagers to trust God and experience hope and encouragement when there appears to be none.
Rachel Dupard was born August 16, 1995. At the age of three, she could not speak, nor properly hear words due to an inner ear dysfunction. Doctors at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas recommended surgery to correct the problem. Still, following surgery, mysterious and still-unexplained complications had Rachel at the brink of death.
After recovering in the hospital, three years of speech therapy and ongoing academic challenges resulting from delayed hearing, comprehension and attention deficit disorder left her with many feelings of uncertainty!
Although she recovered, the uncertainties, insecurities and loneliness many teens often feel while growing up, added more discouragement to Rachel’s efforts to be normal - to fit in; to belong, and be loved unconditionally.
Today, she has overcome many of these challenges and she celebrates her journey of determination to succeed against all odds! After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School of the Perfomring and Visuals Arts, she was offered four scholarships to study music and the performing arts.
It is our hope that thousands of girls, teens, young adults – and parents – will find encouragement and light in the darkest corners of their lives when they hear more on Rachel’s journey.
Today, 20 yr old Rachel is a college junior studying contemporary music with plans after graduation to travel with her band and perform in concert worldwide as well as pursue acting opportunities.
Make Up Atist: Bridgett Ladawn
Chief Editor & Film Director Videographer: Kendell Mays
Cinematographers/Photograthers: Christian Saccardo & Gabriel Ewegbeje
Song Writer/Producer: Madukwu Chinwah
Guitar: Domino Winding
Engineer: Hal Fitzgerald
Stylist: Kimberly Dawn
Designer: Bramer Leon Couture
Rachel has formed her own band and is looking forward performing worldwide . "I'm truly blessed with a gift and I know I will be blessed with gifted and dedicated musicians."