Birmingham-based Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance. With her co-writer Steve Birkett alongside her, a very tight band behind, and Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, the 5-piece outfit performs original tracks from the EP Real Life, the highly-acclaimed debut album Back To The Start and the superb second album Believe, punctuated by a few classic covers. The core of their music is the Blues, but they embrace elements of rock, soul, funk and jazz to deliver an exciting, passionate performance.
Rebecca was voted Best Female Vocalist and Emerging Artist in the 2016 British Blues Awards. Rebecca has been signed recently by LA based management TriArts Partners LLC. The principals of TriArts are Ron Kramer, Ben Bernstein and Brian Panella who between them have a rich history of management, promotion and production of leading artists including Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond, The Everly Brothers and Chaka Khan, to name just a few.
“One of the things that interests me about Rebecca Downes us that she has a whole range of what she can do with her voice. She tends to come across maybe live as mostly a big belter – yes she’s got that – but she’s got lots of subtlety as well. That particular track (Night Train) was an interesting example of her ranging between the two. I’ll be returning the new album definitely” Paul Jones BBC Radio 2
“Blues, soul, jazz and rock are blended to perfection.” – Vive Le Rock Magazine
Here’s what one reviewer thought of a recent gig: “Hey; you know that trick you can do with a fresh bottle of Cola and you drop a mint in and it explodes in a frothy fountain…. Well, take a really hot, tight R’n’B band forged from incredibly talented musicians and front it with Rebecca Downes and the effect is much the same – an explosion of Soul tinged Blues from the days when R’n’B rocked the world. In a genre that’s almost over run with pyrotechnic guitar slingers and rocking Blues shouters, Rebecca is doing things her way; taking the music back to its raw basics; touching the same vibe that Ike & Tina had when it was more about the music than the relationship. In perfect synchronicity with writing partner & band leader Steve Birkett, Rebecca’s take on the Blues is not to merely tell about what brings her down, but to almost celebrate that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. There’s humour in there, and warmth, but don’t try and kick this girl when she’s down, she’ll bite through to the bone.” – Mike Craggs
“This excellent debut album is something of a breath of fresh air. Emotional, authentic songs that speak to the listener” – 9/10* Blues Magazine
“Something of a breath of fresh air. Emotional, authentic songs that speak to the listener” – Blues Magazine
“Musically brilliant and vocally stunning and all from a young singer who one suspects could potentially be touching upon legend!” – Fireworks Magazine
“Stevie Lange & Maggie Bell watch out, there’s a new player in town, she’s the real deal and she’s hungry.” – Blue Matters Magazine
Rebecca is also a Professional Vocal Coach. Click HERE for more info.
Information about Rebecca’s amazing band is HERE