A new voice appears on the British music scene.
A remarkable singer songwriter with a sound that could have been created in the bayou of country music or the valleys of rock and roll – catchy melodies – provocative lyrics – soul in the voice – with a musical style that marries all this in her own compositions – whether a haunting ballad or ‘bar brawl’ rock, through the unique light that holds her and shines as her core message – this is – Rebecca Bains.
Born a Yorkshire ‘lass’ to a working class theatre family Rebecca is gladiatorial of her heritage. “It always makes me smile when people ask me where I am from. I have spent so long going from place to place – that I could say I was from everywhere, but I am incredibly proud of my Yorkshire roots – my family and their history – and a rich history it is!
Her mother and grandmother were Opera singers, and her father a musician too. “We always had music in our house. Dad would be playing some heavy or progressive rock in one room and mum would be practicing operatic scales in another. I guess it was a quite bizarre for my pals to get their heads around” – she says sitting at her white (grandmothers) piano in her white studio. This is her world.
She describes the luxury of mum and gran rigorously training her through the years as she got home from stage school. “I was brought up in a very eclectic family – they had wonderful stories to tell through music and art and I grew up thinking our life was ‘normal’. In fact I now know we lived a life that was quite unusual – it was normal practice to go on the road with my parents and grandparents who would play in concerts and shows here, there and everywhere”. The theatre beckoned of course – The Phantom of the Opera amongst many musicals and numerous telly roles. “I’m incredibly proud of that work and experience. I always wrote though, and as much as it is truly humbling to be a part of musicals penned by genius composers, I did want to get out there and play original material and that could only mean one thing – going back on the road”.
Rebecca’s influences are diverse. There is a list of artists she admires and for a host of different reasons: Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash: “they defined their own genres and have released songs subsequently covered so many times because they are classic. “My dad has a broad musical appreciation and we always went to concerts when we could. She loves Coldplay, U2, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Beatles, bands that laid the path the rest of us could walk on”. I’m a massive Muse fan and have seen most tours. They are amazing. She studies composition and is a massive John Barry fan – “I love film and everything about it – film is often made by its score” – which is just as well she is signed to write the title tracks of two major movies for international release and is to score a third.
She has done her apprenticeship – from her early teens in the clubs – the bars – the tours and just touching thirty she seems a veteran – she switches off to the real world and in her performance goes elsewhere – there is a deliverance in her ‘galaxy’ voice – and you know this artist is comfortable in front of camera, intimate theatres to stadium audiences and broadcasts beyond. Rebecca’s music carries a unique ‘message’ of light. I am told her live performances are phenomenal ‘uplifting’ events that leave an audience enchanted. She is a patron of a dog charity and takes her staffy cross rescue dog everywhere with her – the light is in more than the music.
So where to next? Her single ‘Hard Road’ is released on April 27th – tours are planned – but she has big commitments in film which tie her to the UK until the end of the year – though she recently returned from doing a big private gig in Dubai- she wont tell me who. She rehearses a lot, is finishing an album and has just shot the promo for her new single on Howarth moor.
Her emergence as a mainstream recording artist and media prediction that she will ‘storm’ America doesn’t seem to phase her – I think she was born to sing – she plays through another song – smiles – and says “wan’ another cuppa tea?”.