New York's best kept secret, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who perfectly balances profound melodies with lyrical capriciousness, wrote the New York...
New York's best-kept secret, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who perfectly balances profound melodies with lyrical capriciousness, the New York Times wrote of Becca Stevens, who is as attentive to the charms of unadulterated folk as she is to the sophistication of jazz. Since her 2008 debut album, Tea Bye Sea, the 1984 North Carolina-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has tested the boundaries of musical identity, incorporating everything from jazz to Irish folk to indie rock to express herself fully and authentically.
Her full range of musical ideas, a seemingly inexhaustible wealth of ideas, her magical poetic artistry and soulful vocals make the album "Regina," which launched her solo career in 2017, a singer/songwriter masterpiece. In her latest musical project, "Wonderbloom" (2020), she once again defies all expectations and develops a groovy, danceable sound with elements of pop, funk and R&B. However, despite the bright textures and uptempo rhythms, Becca Stevens also achieves a deep complexity in her lyrics with this album and ultimately redefines what is possible when it comes to creating music that uplifts and edifies. The track "Slow Burn" from this album was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2020 in the category " Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals ".
In 2017 she was "Rising Star Female Vocalist" of Down Beat and the following year she has already worked with the Focusyear Band of that time. She has also participated in recordings by Travis Sullivan, Taylor Eigsti, Esperanza Spalding, José James, Ambrose Akinmusire, Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks and David Crosby, among others -- without Stills and Nash, but with his Lighthouse Band. Together with Rebecca Martin and Gretchen Parlato, she forms the vocal trio Tillery. In live concerts she earns enthusiastic reactions with her songs in the USA.
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