Becca (musician)

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Bec Hollcraft
Becca in September 2007.jpg
Background information
Birth name Rebecca Emily Hollcraft
Born (1989-05-09) May 9, 1989 (age 25)
Origin Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Genres Pop, rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2000–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment, Kissing Booth
Associated acts Stars In Stereo
Website www.beccaofficial.com

Rebecca "BECCA" Emily Hollcraft or simply as Bec Hollcraft (born May 9, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Also known as BECCA-chan.[1][better source needed] As of 2012 she is a singer in the rock band Stars In Stereo.[2]

Early life[edit]

Becca Hollcraft performing with Stars in Stereo

Hollcraft was born in Portland, Oregon. She began singing and writing songs at a young age and started playing guitar when she was 10 years old. When she was 13, a family friend recorded her at a choir event in school. The tape found its way to Meredith Brooks, who had been looking for a new artist to develop. "Bec has a powerhouse voice, and when I realized she could write songs, too… I was sold,” said Meredith.[3][4][5]

Career[edit]

With the support of her parents, Hollcraft spent her summer vacation that year in Los Angeles with Meredith working on demos. In early 2008, Hollcraft signed a deal with Sony Music Entertainment Japan and released her first single "Perfect Me" on April 9, 2008 in Japan. The song was a featured theme song for the TV show, Damages, in its Japanese release (from April 2, 2008 to June 1, 2008). BECCA's debut five-song EP, Perfect Me, was released in Japan on June 4, 2008 with a second five-song EP, "Turn to Stone," released August 6, 2008. BECCA also contributed a cover of "I Drove All Night" to a Cyndi Lauper tribute-album that was released July 23, 2008.[6] As of 2012 she is a singer with Los Angeles-based rock band, Stars in Stereo.[2]

Alive!![edit]

Hollcraft's debut full length album, Alive!!, was released on November 5, 2008. "I'm Alive" was the first single released (on September 23, 2008), along with a video. Two versions of Alive!! were released: a basic audio one with 13 audio tracks; and a deluxe CD-DVD combo with the same 13 audio tracks and a DVD with all three of her music videos as well as an animated video for "Guilty Pleasure" (featuring the Ultraviolet: Code 044 characters). Both versions feature the Roy Orbison cover song, "I Drove All Night," which she contributed to the We Love Cyndi Lauper tribute album in July 2008.

On October 22 the single from the album—"I'm Alive!"—was released with a bonus B-side track called "Alone," which is a cover of the song by popular 80s band, Heart.[1] "I'm Alive!" was featured on iTunes USA, coinciding with her performance in Baltimore for the Otakon convention.[7] The song was also used as the first ending theme of the anime Black Butler.

Kickin' & Screamin' [edit]

On September 29, 2009, BECCA released her first U.S. debut (through Sony's label, Red) with a five-song EP entitled Kickin' & Screamin'. The EP contained the songs: "I'm Alive", "Guilty Pleasure", "Kickin & Screamin'", "Lose You Now" and a bonus music video. Alive!! was released in the U.S. on March 2, 2010 and featured the additional track, "Shibuya," and new cover art.[8]

Stars In Stereo[edit]

Stars In Stereo was formed in 2011. It consists of vocalist Hollcraft, guitarist Jordan McGraw, bassist Ryan “Frogs” McCormack, and drummer Drew Langan. The group released their eponymous album, Stars In Stereo, on April 9, 2013 through their own indie record label, Hundred Handed Inc. The band came together after McGraw, McCormack, Langan, and Justin Siegel’s band, City (Comma) State, broke up.[9]

First tour and first album[edit]

Stars In Stereo spent most of 2012 on the road, touring in support of bands such as The Used, Foxy Shazam, Hoobastank, and Blue October.[10][11] The band released the single and music video for “The Broken,” in August 2012.[12]

Later that year, they began recording their first full-length album. To hold fans over until the release, the band recorded two reinterpreted cover songs available as free downloads: Nine Inch Nails', “Closer”[13] and Aerosmith’s “Dream On”.[14] Released April 9, 2013, their self-titled debut contains ten tracks, including “Queen Of Catastrophe,” produced by Howard Benson.

2013 tour and more recent activity[edit]

Stars In Stereo toured again in 2013, including a co-headlining tour with Flyleaf and Drowning Pool,[15] as well as the Hard Drive Live 5 tour with Bullet For My Valentine and Halestorm.[16] In June 2013, Siegel left the group to pursue other interests. Frogs switched to bass, and the band has since continued as a quartet.

Band members[edit]

  • Becca Hollcraft – Vocals (2011–present)
  • Jordan McGraw – Lead Guitar (2011–present)
  • Frogs McCormack – Bass (2013–present), Rhythm Guitar (2011-2013)
  • Drew Langan – Drums (2011–present)
Former members
  • Justin Siegel – Bass (2011-2013)[17][18]

Discography[edit]

  • Perfect Me ~完璧な私~ (Kanpeki na Watashi) (06/04/2008)
  • TURN TO STONE (08/06/2008)
  • I'm ALIVE! (October 22, 2008)
  • ALIVE!! (January 21, 2009)
  • SHIBUYA (BECCA feat. Hatsune Miku) (August 26, 2009)
  • ALIVE!!+5 (September 23, 2009)
    • New Version of album with 5 additional Tracks and DVD with 2 Episodes "Behind The Scene From OTAKON"
  • Kickin' & Screamin' (September 29, 2009)
  • TOKYO-O-ING (11/04/2009)
    • Regular Edition: CD, 12 Track
    • Limited Edition: CD, 12 Track / DVD, Music Video "Dreamer", Music Video "SHIBUYA", 14 Tracks form the Concert "LIVE IN SHIBUYA"
  • Dreamer (BECCA feat. BENNIE K) (11/04/2009)
  • BENNIE BECCA (BECCA feat. BENNIE K) (04/09/2010)
  • BECCA BEST (03/02/2011)
    • Regular Edition: CD, 15 Track
    • Limited Edition: CD, 19 Track / DVD with 6 Music Videos
  • Stars In Stereo (04/09/2013)
  • Leave Your Mark (June 17, 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "BECCA -chan website". Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Draisen, Deb. "Stars in Stereo". Glide Magazine. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Becca - singer - jpop". Jpopasia.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Stars In Stereo Bio | Stars In Stereo Career". MTV. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Secrets" and Seeing Stars in Stars in Stereo; Mona Tops This Week's "Delve Into Twelve" | Jon Chattman". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sony Music Online Japan : BECCA". Sonymusic.co.jp. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "J!-ent Interview: Getting To Know BECCA by J!-ent's Dennis A. Amith". Retrieved August 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ "BECCA’s U.S. Debut EP to Street On September 29, Full CD Coming In Early 2010". Retrieved September 3, 2009. 
  9. ^ Reid, Sean (August 20, 2009). "Interview: Justin Siegel (City (Comma) State & Stars In Stereo)". Alter The Press!. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Used Announce Spring Headlining Tour & In Store Appearances/Performances | Theprp.com – Metal, Hardcore And Rock News, Reviews And More". Theprp.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Opening for Blue October's The Quiet Mind Tour". 78triple6. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Video Premiere: Stars in Stereo, "The Broken" Acoustic Video @ARTISTdirect". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ Revolver Magazine. "Exclusive: Stars in Stereo Premiere Cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Song "Closer" - Heavy Metal News | Music Videos |Golden Gods Awards". revolvermag.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Stars in Stereo, ‘Dream On’: Young California Rockers Take on Aerosmith Classic (Song Premier)". Noisecreep.com. December 21, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Flyleaf, Drowning Pool + Stars in Stereo – 2013 Must-See Rock Concerts". Loudwire.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ "1.13 This Just In! Tour Dates Announced For 5th Annual Harddrive Live Tour | The Pulse Magazine". Thepulsemag.com. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Stars in Stereo - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Stars In Stereo Bio | Stars In Stereo Career". MTV. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 

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