Becca Stevens expands and blurs the boundaries of folk, jazz, and pop while engaging the the listener through keen poetic observation, rich musical language, and beguiling singing.
You may have recently learned of her amazing songwriting and vocal skills in the lead off single from the recent Snarky Puppy album Family Dinner Vol. 2, I Asked.
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.
“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
“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
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.
Stevens has toured the world with her band and has collaborated with the likes of: Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. In April 2015, Perfect Animal, the highly anticipated follow up to Weightless (Sunnyside), produced by engineer Scott Solter (Spoon, John Vanderslice, St. Vincent) and mixed by Matt Pence (Here We Go Magic, Midlake) was released on Universal Music Classics. Becca features on the latest Snarky Puppy Family Dinner Vol 2 and is currently working on a new Becca Stevens album to be released on Universal Music for early 2017.
Perfect Animal has already received early critical kudos, and 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.”