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“A vocalist and guitarist who balances deep melody against lyrical caprice...New York’s best kept secret.”
- New York Times
“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
“Great arrangements. Deeply compelling songs. Could she be the new Joni? That’s the well from which she springs. ”
- San Jose Mercury News
“Brilliant, catchy… Intimate, ruminative, jagged-edged originals with jouncy time signatures, rich with harmony and melody.”
“This is a vocalist and bandleader with command to spare, a flair for making savvy, split-second decisions, pulling tricky changes out of the air, and crafting arrangements that appear simple on the surface but reveal true sophistication with each successive listen.”
- All Music Guide
“With their ability their exquisite arrangements, gorgeous vocal harmonies and an ability to make the bar line disappear, the Becca Stevens Band stole a lot of heart.”
- Jazzwize Magazine
“Stevens is effortlessly charming in her stage demeanor and lights up like a firefly in performance. She is a treasure.”
- Kurt Elling for Jazz Times
“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, 4 star review, Regina, March 2017
“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”
- Q Magazine, 4 star review, Regina, March 2017
"Becca Stevens’ Regina is the most spectacular of the albums. The long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Perfect Animal, it is a fully realized, rapturous meditation on queens in history, myth, literature and her own fertile imagination"
- DownBeat Magazine, 5 star review, Regina, May 2017
“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, 4.5 star review, Regina, June 2017
• Currently has over 24,700 followers on Facebook and 19,300 followers on Instagram.
• 2017 Downbeat Critics Poll Winner: Rising Star–Female Vocalist (co-winner with Jen Shyu)
Always reaching, always expanding, Becca Stevens reinvents herself once again with Regina. In the years since the release of her critically acclaimed third album, Perfect Animal, Stevens has undertaken a journey that began with a study of Queen Elizabeth I as inspiration for a commission to write a concert of new music, which expanded into tributes to various queens from history, literature, folklore, and her own imagination, songs inspired by the regal and divine, and finally Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or an alter ego.
As for her muse for the album, Stevens explains, “Regina is like an alter ego, or an imaginary friend. Like a dream, she exists separate from me but is reliant upon my consciousness to exist. I carry her with me in everything now. So I guess you could say that neither ends; in Becca, there is always Regina, and in Regina, there is always Becca.”
Produced by Troy Miller, Regina features creative and performance collaborations with Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula, and the legendary David Crosby. The album was recorded in several phases – in London with Miller, a second London session with Collier (a co-producer on the album along with Stevens and League), a session with Miller in Brooklyn, NY, a session with League in Brooklyn and a final session with League and Stevens’ bandmates in Brooklyn as well. Additional collaborators include Alan Hampton, Jo Lawry and the award-winning Attacca String Quartet as well as Stevens’ trusted band members Liam Robinson, Chris Tordini, and Jordan Perlson (performing here).
The New York Times, describes Stevens as ‘a best-kept secret’ and ‘impressively absorbing’. She has recently featured on Snarky Puppy’s new Family Dinner Volume 2 as well as collaborating with various artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Brad Mehldau, Jose James, and recently on David Crosby’s new tour Lighthouse.
Stevens style has always evaded categorization, and with Regina, even more so. One hears pop, rock, R&B and funk side-by-side with traditional Appalachian and British folk, classical, world music, and jazz. Intricate instrumentation and rhythms seamlessly intertwine with vocals and melodies that work their way into your brain. Stevens has been compared to Bjork, St Vincent, Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell and is certainly making her mark on the international music scene in a big way, establishing herself as a long term and important artist for the future.
The first single from Regina has been hand picked by NPR for "Songs We Love" - Listen Here
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Stevens has a wealth of prominent musical peers who sing her praises:
“Becca is one of the best musicians I know. She’s a great songwriter… It’s like listening to Stereolab. The vocals are straight and clean yet also have a modern vibe. I think Becca is destined for greatness.”
- José James
“Her songwriting, voice, and lyrics are like a cool bubbling brook freshening the brine of all the music you’ve ever heard.”
“She’s someone who everybody, in my generation at least, looks up to. She’s really a genius - I don’t like using that word too much, she really has tapped into something in a deep way.”