Rebecca's first songs were written at the tender age of five and recorded a capella on a Fisher-Price cassette recorder. Sandwiched in the middle of seven siblings, Rebecca needed a way to make herself heard – and learned to do this through a growing passion for music and songwriting. Rebecca’s performance career began within the church, a central fixture of life for her Christian family. She participated in choirs, musicals, and bands, and eventually began singing solo. Building upon the musical foundation laid by childhood violin lessons, Rebecca taught herself guitar; after graduating from high school, she added studies in voice and piano.
Two years later, Rebecca decided to pursue music more seriously and began a year of study at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta. Sequestered from the bitter cold, she took music courses and continued to grow as a songwriter. She participated in diverse choirs and bands and recorded her first song. However, she always missed the ocean (a constant source of inspiration), and returned to Victoria in 2004.
After returning from Alberta, Rebecca focused on completing a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Victoria. Throughout her degree she continued to write music, and played with several local bands. Playing with these bands boosted her confidence, but none was a lasting fit for her style; she began playing solo at open mic nights around Victoria.
Upon convocation, Rebecca struggled with the typical post-degree questions of who she was and what she really wanted to do. Music has been a constant presence throughout her life, and she decided to embrace this passion by recording songs in preparation for an album. She has now been playing shows in local coffee shops and pubs for the past couple years. Over the past year she has branched out and played a couple shows farther up the island and on the mainland. After the completion of her first CD she will be travelling more to showcase her new project.
Rebecca’s early musical style was influenced by the classical music and Christian rock that provided the soundtrack to her childhood and adolescence. She branched out after high school, immersing herself in the work of artists who would become her musical idols: honest and expressive performers ranging from Billie Holiday to Joni Mitchell to Sarah Harmer. She admires the songwriting of Jennifer Knapp, Josh Ritter, and (of course) Bob Dylan. Rebecca’s own songs tend to express themes of resisting and embracing change, of constraints and freedom, and of the questions of identity and meaning with which we all struggle.