The Christmas video Rachel Hale shot two weeks ago in Hillsboro with the high school band will be released at midnight Friday and she said Thursday that she enjoyed the town so much that she’s thinking about shooting another video here early next year.
“Can You Hear the Sound” will be available at YouTube.com/krachelhalemusic.
The video was produced by 2008 Hillsboro High School graduate Shelby Wertsbaugh.
“I’m honestly thinking about it. Me and Shelby talked about shooting a video at Bell’s Opera House,” Hale said from Griffin, Ga., where she was getting ready to rehearse for a Christmas show that she’ll be hosting and singing for. “I’ll tell you what, that is the coolest place I’ve ever been in. I’ve never seen a venue like that from the inside. And I want to keep on working with Shelby because she’s really good at what she does.”
Hale arrived in Hillsboro on Nov. 19, shot the video on Nov. 20, presented two versions of her character building program “Fingerprints” to Hillsboro students on Nov. 23, gave a free “worship” concert on Nov. 24, then ended up staying in Hillsboro with the Wertsbaugh family through Thanksgiving. In between she performed at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tenn.
Most of the video was shot after dark, it was cold, and much of the time Hale was wearing a sleeveless top.
“It was freezing, absolutely, but it was worth it,” Hale said. “I can’t even thank the kids enough. They stayed right through it. They were awesome; just great. When you’re acting and the camera’s on you, you don’t really notice it because you’re trying to do the best you can. But when the cameras were off it got cold very quickly. We had lots of handwarmers and I even had them in my pants.”
She said she decided to present her “Fingerprints” program because she wanted to give something back to the school for letting her use Richards Memorial Field and because the band members were so helpful.
“I just want to inspire people. ‘Fingerprints’ was a little different from the concert because it was more about giving back and encouraging people,” Hale said. “I tell them no matter where you’re from you have a specific purpose you were meant to accomplish. So many people encouraged me along the way and I wouldn’t be doing what I am without them. I want to be the person who does that for someone else.”
About 100 people turned out for the impromptu worship concert and Hale said two people “were saved.”
“I just really wanted to do it as a way to give back – in appreciation for everyone being so nice to me,” the 2013 “American Idol” performer said. “Truthfully, I just really have a heart for worship. It’s kind of who I am as a person and I want to share it with people; maybe share it with people who have never really heard the gospel.”
While she was in Hillsboro, Hale said she got to hang out with Keith Chambers of KFC, who donated several items for the video shoot, met Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings who she said was “awesome,” and got to tour Bell’s Opera House that Hastings owns.
She said she’s trying to plan something in Hillsboro in February. She said the town reminds of her hometown of Prescott, Ark. (population 3,500), where there’s a real sense of community, and everyone knows everyone else.
“I’d just like to say thank you so much to everyone for having me and I look forward to coming back,” Hale said.
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