Rebecca Loebe at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. July 12, 2013.
|Birth name||Rebecca Loebe|
|Born||Arlington, Virginia, U.S.|
|Genres||Folk rock, indie rock, folk|
|Associated acts||Raina Rose|
Loebe was born in Arlington, Virginia and lived there until she was 8 years old, when her family relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. She began writing songs and playing the guitar in junior high school. At 15 years old her father took her to the renowned open mic at Eddie's Attic, a venue where she continues to perform. She graduated high school at the age of 16 and moved to Boston just after her 17th birthday. There she enrolled at Berklee College of Music, where she earned a degree in music production and engineering. After college she briefly worked as a recording engineer before quitting to focus fully on music.
Loebe's debut record "Hey, It's a Lonely World" was recorded in the summer of 2004 at various recording studios in Boston. She collaborated on the record with many classmates from Berklee, and the album was mixed by one of her college professors Mark Wessel. Loebe is quoted as saying that it was actually Wessel who encouraged her to pursue music over engineering.
In 2007 Loebe relocated to Atlanta and recorded her second studio album, an acoustic EP called "The Brooklyn Series", with Atlanta-area producer and fellow Berklee alumnus Will Robertson, who produced the vocals on "Hey, It's a Lonely World."
Loebe was one of 32 finalists in the Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2008 and 2009. In her second year she was chosen as one of the winners by judges Jon Vezner, Amilia K Spicer, and TR Ritchie.
In January 2010 Loebe released "Mystery Prize", her second full length record. The album was produced by Will Robertson and recorded in Atlanta, Georgia at Tree Sound Studios and Gallop Studios, and was funded by donations from fans who pre-ordered the record. The album spent 9 weeks in the Top 40 of the Americana Chart. In the summer of 2010 "Mystery Prize" was released in Europe by Continental Record Services, and spent 8 weeks in the Top 10 of the Euro Americana Chart. In the summer of 2010 Loebe performed in the Emerging Artists showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in upstate New York. In the fall of 2010 Loebe & Raina Rose released a limited edition duo CD called "Rebecca & Raina: Live at Eddie's Attic" which they sold on their 35-date East Coast tour. At the end of the year, 'Mystery Prize' was included on the Americana Music Association's List of the Top 100 Albums of 2010.
In February 2011 Loebe released "Bees & Zombies," a B-Sides EP including out-takes from the "Mystery Prize" recording sessions, early demos of songs from "Mystery Prize" and remixes of 'Land and Sea' submitted by fans. She was on the first season of The Voice and sang "Come As You Are" in the auditions, making Adam Levine's team. In the Battle rounds, she sang "Creep" against Devon Barley, in which Barley was declared the winner and Loebe was eliminated.
|Album name||Format||Year released|
|Hey, It's a Lonely World||LP||2004|
|The Brooklyn Series||EP||2007|
|Bees & Zombies||EP||2011|
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