Brooklyn (New York) based singer-composer, multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens, built her career drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz and traditional Appalachian folk music. Hailed for her unique ability to craft exquisite compositions both for her own band and for other artists, like the legendary David Crosby, singer José James and classical pianist Timo Andrés; she has toured the world with her band and collaborated with artists, such as Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Billy Childs, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jacob Collier, Vijay Iyer and many others.
During her short career she has received numerous accolades and excellent reviews by critics, being described as “the best kept secret” of popular contemporary music. In April 2015, her third album, Perfect Animal, produced by engineer Scott Solter and released by Universal Music Classics, consolidated her place as one of the great current jazz artists.
Her work featured in Snarky Puppy’s album Family Dinner Vol 2, rates as among one of her most outstanding collaborations.
Becca’s new album, Regina, released in March 2017, features creative & performance collaborations with prominent & promising young artists, like Laura Mvula & Jacob Collier, and the legendary David Crosby. It was produced by Troy Miller (who has also collaborated with artists of the calibre of Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Amy Winehouse) and co-produced by Michael League of Snarky Puppy.
Regina is a tribute to strong women in literature, music, science, history …. as well as other great nameless women. Becca uses Regina as a muse, or alter ego, enabling her to write in a new way, fearlessly mixing pop, folk, rock, jazz, funk and much more. The innovative Japanese designer Koshiro Ebata (Lady Gaga, Dior, Louis Vuitton) has designed the look for her album & videos.
This is the first album where she has the limelight as Becca Stevens, thus marking a clear new direction, cementing her career as one of the most important, authentic and talented singer-composers of a generation. The disc features musicians Liam Robinson, Chris Tordini, & Jordan Perlson; with added collaboration by Alan Hampton, Jo Lawry, and arrangements by Nathan Schram & Hamilton Berry.
Becca Stevens when referring to the disc, assures us that “it’s the story of my life. I grew up in a house filled with opera and banjo tunes, majored in classical guitar in high school, studied composition in college in a jazz school, and in New York City I am surrounded by every musical sound you could possibly imagine. I love and am inspired by good music, no matter the genre or where it came from.”
Becca Stevens: vocals, guitar, charango (lute family) & ukelele
Liam Robinson: keyboards, accordion & vocals
Jordan Perlson: percussion & vocals
Chris Tordini: bass (electric & acoustic) & vocals
Michelle Willis: keyboards & vocals