About the artist
North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed by the press, her peers and fans alike for her unique ability to craft exquisitely understated compositions both for her own band, and for artists who run the gamut of genre from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, singer José James to classical pianist Timo Andres. Fluent on guitar, ukulele, and charango, Stevens’ seamless arrangements embrace inventive textures and idiosyncratic melodic elements, communicated with immense warmth and effortless urgency through her pitch-perfect and inimitable vocals.
Since the release of 2011’s Weightless (Sunnyside), Stevens has toured the world with her band and also found time to collaborate with Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. Stevens is one part of a trio with Rebecca Martin and Gretchen Parlato called Tillery, and is a featured vocalist on the GRAMMY-Winning Billy Childs record Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, produced by Larry Klein.
2015 saw the highly anticipated follow up to Weightless with a new record of originals entitled Perfect Animal (Universal Music) and an international tour. “Be Still” from the new album made the NPR list of top songs of 2015 and the album was rated as the best of 2015 on FrederickPlaylist.com as well as making it onto The Daily Beast’s 20 Amazing Under-The-Radar Albums of 2015. Read more about the concept and creation behind Perfect Animal.
Recent and upcoming performances include: The New Morning Paris, Troubador London, London Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Conde Duque Estio Festival, Barcelona Jazz Festival, Bremen Music Festival, with a European tour and a new album, Regina to be released in early 2017.
Regina is a tribute to strong women and figures in literature, history and legend as well as her personal life (Ophelia, Venus, Elizabeth I, her Grandmother); various songs inspired by the regal and divine nature surrounding that word as well as Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or alter ego. The album features Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, David Crosby and is produced by Troy Miller (Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Amy Winehouse) and co-produced by Michael League of Snarky Puppy,