|Born||June 14, 1984|
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
|Instrument(s)||Vocals, guitar, ukulele, charango|
|Labels||Sunnyside, GroundUp, Universal|
Early life and education
Stevens was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as the youngest of three children to William Stevens, a composer known for sacred choral music, and Carolyn Dorff, a singer trained in opera and musical theater. During her childhood she performed and toured regionally with her brother, sister, and parents in her family's children's music group, the Tune Mammals. When she was ten years old, she and her mother starred in a year-long national tour of the musical The Secret Garden. After her parents' separation she attended the Peddie School in New Jersey for 9th and 10th grades. She finished high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied classical guitar; at this time she also sang in her brother's jazz rock band, Gomachi. After high school she spent a year working with Gomachi before attending college at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where she received a degree in vocal jazz and composition.
Stevens has released five albums as a leader: Tea Bye Sea (2008), Weightless (2011), Perfect Animal (2015), Regina (2017), and Wonderbloom (2020). She has worked with Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula, Billy Childs, David Crosby, Taylor Eigsti, Timo Andres, Brad Mehldau, Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, Michael McDonald, and Snarky Puppy. She was a member of the band Tillery with Gretchen Parlato and Rebecca Martin.
One track on David Crosby's Michael League-produced Lighthouse album featured Crosby, League, Stevens, and Michelle Willis (with Bill Laurance on piano) performing "By the Light of Common Day", a song written by Stevens and Crosby. The quartet became The Lighthouse Band that performed on Crosby's album Here If You Listen.
Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling listed her as one of his five favorite jazz vocalists and music critic Ted Gioia listed her albums Weightless (2011) and Perfect Animal (2015) among the one hundred best albums of the corresponding years.
Stevens's album Regina (2017) was produced by Michael League and Troy Miller and received a five-star review from Down Beat magazine, which called it "the most spectacular of albums", while BBC Radio 2 praised the album saying, "Lyrically, the album is astounding".
- Tea Bye Sea (2008)
- Weightless (Sunnyside, 2011)
- Perfect Animal (Core Port/Universal, 2014)
- Regina (GroundUP, 2017)
- Wonderbloom (GroundUP, 2020)
- Becca Stevens & the Secret Trio (GroundUP, 2021)
- Tillery (Core Port, 2016)
As David Crosby's Lighthouse Band
- Jeremy Pelt, Shock Value: Live at Smoke (Maxjazz, 2007)
- Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra, Enjoy! (Koch, 2008)
- Sam Sadigursky, Words Project II (New Amsterdam, 2008)
- Taylor Eigsti, Daylight at Midnight (Concord Jazz, 2010)
- Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society (Heads Up, 2012)
- Dayna Stephens, I'll Take My Chances (Criss Cross, 2013)
- Ambrose Akinmusire, The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint (Blue Note, 2014)
- José James, While You Were Sleeping (Blue Note, 2014)
- Billy Childs, Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Sony Masterworks, 2014)
- New West Guitar Group, Send One Your Love (Summit, 2015)
- Snarky Puppy, Family Dinner – Volume 2 (GroundUP, 2016)
- David Crosby, Lighthouse (Groove Masters, 2016)
- David Crosby, Sky Trails (BMG, 2017)
- Brad Mehldau, Finding Gabriel (Nonesuch, 2019)
- Jacob Collier, Djesse Vol. 2, (Hajanga Records, 2019)
- Brad Mehldau, Jacob's Ladder (Nonesuch, 2020–2021)
- Chinen, Nate (August 2, 2008). "Influenced by a Variety of Sounds, Becca Stevens's Style Is All Her Own". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
- "Famous Winston-Salemites: Becca Stevens". The Man Van Blog. March 5, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
- Morrison, Allen (July 2016). "Becca Stevens". Down Beat. Elmhurst, Illinois: Maher.
- "Smartists: Becca Stevens | Amy Poehler's Smart Girls". amysmartgirls.com. March 27, 2014.
- "Becca Stevens album discography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
- "Singer Becca Stevens and Violist Nathan Schram Perform A Duet From Brooklyn". NPR. May 29, 2020. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
- "Biography – Long Form". tillerygals.com. May 11, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
- "Michael League: Snarky Puppy's Jazz-Schooled, Grassroots Visionary". All About Jazz. December 10, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
- "NPR Music". Kurt Elling on World Cafe.
- "Ted Gioia". The 100 Best Albums of 2011.
- "Ted Gioia". The 100 Best Albums of 2015.
- Becca Stevens (September 14, 2017). "Wedding Facebook post". Facebook. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
- Becca Stevens (March 12, 2022). "First child Facebook post". Facebook. Retrieved March 19, 2022.