“Majestic, delicate pop arrangements in perfect harmony”
Rolling Stone - France
North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens is a composer, educator, and leader of the Becca Stevens Band. Her original music is hailed worldwide for its its intricate harmonies and rhythms subtly rooted in Jazz, Irish/Appalachian Folk, indie pop, and West African music.
Boundless in the elements from which she draws her inspiration, Stevens is known for her unique ability to craft exquisite and authentic compositions both for her own band, and for GRAMMY award winning artists who run the gamut of genre from Jacob Collier, to Michael League (Snarky Puppy), and most notably with folk legend David Crosby. Stevens is a member of Crosby’s Lighthouse Band whose album ‘Here If You Listen’ (BMG ’18), features the distinct songwriting of its four members — Stevens, Crosby, League, and Michelle Willis.
Stevens has received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, was Downbeat Magazine’s 2017 Rising Star Female Vocalist, and was featured on NPR Music’s “Songs We Love”. She has toured the world performing with her band, and collaborating with peers such as Brad Mehldau, Kneebody, Esperanza Spalding, Billy Childs, Ambrose Akinmusire, Vijay Iyer, Taylor Eigsti, José James, Eric Harland, Gerald Clayton, Travis Sullivan’s Björkestra and many others, and was a featured composer/performer on Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner, Vol.2 (GroundUP).
In 2015, ‘Perfect Animal’, the highly anticipated follow up to Weightless (Sunnyside), produced by engineer Scott Solter, was released on Universal Music Classics. Becca released her latest album ‘Regina’ (GroundUP) in March 2017 featuring Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, David Crosby, produced by Troy Miller (Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Amy Winehouse) and co-produced by Jacob Collier, and Michael League. ‘Regina’ is a tribute to queens as well as the name of her self-made muse who inspired all of the compositions on the album.
Winner of “Best Rising-Star Female Vocalist 2017”
“Becca Stevens’ Regina is the most spectacular of the albums… it is a fully realized, rapturous meditation on queens in history, myth, literature and her own fertile imagination; Regina is also Stevens’ muse and alter ego. …Stevens has produced a complex, densely layered studio album with allusive songs that are alternately dreamy and spine-tingling.”
Downbeat Magazine 5*
“It’s a rich tapestry on which to work, and Stevens does so with aplomb, playing an array of stringed instruments, singing her own backing vocals, letting her luxurious voice curl around lyrics inspired by history and literature; the single Queen Mab, a take on Shakespeare’s fairy midwife, is dizzying, ye olde fabulous.“
The Evening Standard
In the live performance you can really appreciate the colloquial style of her voice, the gentle rhythmic texture of the arrangements and her multi-instrumental talent, capable of developing elegant melodic lines in counterpoint with the accompaniment.
“For three albums Becca Stevens has fashioned an idiosyncratic, complex world which nods to mavericks such as Joanna newsom and Enya. On her fourth… she’s layered her vocals more than ever and covers Stevie Wonder’s As with the right balance of reverence and impishness.“ Throughout, Stevens pushes boundaries without losing her glee or discipline”
“Stevens has a beautifully nuanced vocal style, a delicate yet strongly assured delivery rooted in an open, broad, range which is very much her own, with the mildest of echoes of one of her heroines, Joni Mitchell, that also carries through to her guitar work, and with whose ‘Help Me’ she encored.”
London Jazz News
“An uber-talented singer songwriter who abolishes the limits of musical genres”
“Regina has an artistic, intellectual and feminist approach which reminds us very much of Tori Amos of whom Stevens admits to being a big fan. …Majestic, delicate pop arrangements in perfect harmony with the royal theme.”
Rolling Stone - France
“…the New York Siren’s fourth and most impressive album to date, Regina.”
“Music fans who truly appreciate complexity and craft, dream of an artist as ambitious as Becca Stevens.”
“In the league of current female singer-songwriters, Stevens sits atop with a clear 15-point lead; her live performances (…) are simply among the best shows you will catch anywhere on the planet.”
“Her musical styles mix to make Stevens an attractive and eclectic whole… if you have the chance this summer, go and listen to this special band.”
Draii On Ke Oren
“Stevens shows how innovative, historically informed, multi-genre music making can also be addictively, thrillingly enjoyable. Catch her when you can.”
The Arts Desk 5*
“Stevens fashions a sound all her own with airy, brook-clear songs equally touched by jazz sophistication and homespun folk charm.”
Time Out New York - US
“Over the last several years, Becca Stevens has developed a turbocharged style of song performance drawing on a wide range of idioms. She works with jazz, classical, and rock artists with equal poise and authority, but her finest moments come when she is performing her own finely-crafted songs.”
The Daily Beast
“All told, it’s the smartest, most compelling record of 2015, both musically and lyrically. The constant changes in time signature are brilliant, the lyrical poetry is Paul Simon-esque, and the actual performances aren’t afraid to blow your mind.”
“This is a vocalist and bandleader with command to spare, a flair for making savvy, split-second decisions, pulling tricky decisions out of the air and creating arrangements that appear simple on the surface but reveal true sophistication with each successive listen.”
All Music Guide
“The blessed revelation of the evening”
“Impeccable vocal qualities and songwriting skills.”
Gina Loves Jazz - DE
“Favourite album! Incredible sense of melody, vocal and songwriting…Although she is often boxed into the Jazz genre ‑this album oscillates between Folk, Pop, R’n’b, Blues and Jazz.”
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