“A vocalist and guitarist who balances deep melody against lyrical caprice...New York’s best kept secret.”
- New York Times
“Stevens fashions a sound all her own with airy, brook-clear songs equally touched by jazz sophistication and homespun folk charm.”
- Time Out New York
“Brilliant, catchy… Intimate, ruminative, jagged-edged originals with jouncy time signatures, rich with harmony and melody.”
“This is a vocalist and bandleader with command to spare, a flair for making savvy, split-second decisions, pulling tricky changes out of the air, and crafting arrangements that appear simple on the surface but reveal true sophistication with each successive listen.”
- All Music Guide
Always reaching, always expanding, Becca Stevens reinvents herself once again with her new album, Regina. In the years since the release of her critically acclaimed third album, Perfect Animal, Stevens has undertaken a journey that began with a study of Queen Elizabeth I. This expanded into tributes to various queens from history, literature, folklore, and her own imagination, to songs inspired by the regal and divine, and finally to Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or an alter ego.
“I’ve found that by removing my plots from the storylines I’ve accessed more of my artistry than in my writing before,” says Stevens. “Even though my writing for Regina was inspired by other characters, I told their stories by means of relating to them on a personal level, which made them my stories too. Writing with Regina as my muse has allowed my art free rein to dance in new and unexpected directions.”
As for her muse for the album, Stevens explains, “Regina has become an alter ego, or an imaginary friend. Like a dream, she exists separate from me but is reliant upon my consciousness to exist. I carry her with me in everything now. So I guess you could say that neither ends; in Becca, there is always Regina, and in Regina, there is always Becca.”
Stevens’ style has always evaded categorization, and with Regina, even more so. One hears pop, rock, R&B and funk side-by-side with traditional Appalachian and British folk, classical, world music, and jazz. Intricate instrumentation and rhythms seamlessly intertwine with vocals and melodies that draw you in and stay with you.
The new album, Regina, was produced by Troy Miller, Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula, and the legendary David Crosby.
“Becca is one of the best musicians I know. She’s a great songwriter… It’s like listening to Stereolab. The vocals are straight and clean yet also have a modern vibe.
I think Becca is destined for greatness.”
- José James
“Her songwriting, voice, and lyrics are like a cool bubbling brook freshening the brine of all the music you’ve ever heard.”
“She’s someone who everybody, in my generation at least, looks up to. She’s really a genius - I don’t like using that word too much, she really has tapped into something in a deep way.”
Broca's Area is a four piece future soul band based out of Hartford, Connecticut that is a unique blend of r&b, soul music with a touch of hip hop influence. Pushing the envelope of these styles towards jazz gives you the multi-dimensional, dedicated to the groove, polyrhythmic band that is Broca's Area. Serving their audiences with their soulful lead singer (Mary Corso of the Eric Krasno Band) who delivers warm breathy vocals reminding you of the classic school of neo-soul but it doesn't stop there. Get lost in the portal of sound when Mary Corso turns on her Space Echo.
The core band arrangements are a keyboards-bass-drum trio that’s bringing tight grooves influenced by the Blue Note catalog. Broca's Area serves its audiences with high energetic performances of original compositions and a unique blend of covers honoring some of the greats from J Dilla to Jill Scott. This is what makes Broca's Area diverse and multi-dimensional. Broca's Area has shared the stage with bands such as The Nth Power, West End Blend, Viva La Hop, Joanna Teters, Mammal Dap, Kat Wright and The Indomitable Soul Band, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, Midnight Snack and many other artists in the scene.
Winner of The New England's The Deli Magazine 'Artist of the Month', "The interplay between Mary Corso and rapper Ghazi Omair's angular flow would be enough for a killer group, but these guys push it over the edge with a groovy drummer, Steven Cusano, whose timing creates a backbeat that puts the world in slo-mo. And that's not even mentioning the absurdly tasty keys."- Paul Jordan Talbot (March 2015)
The band was named by the 2015 CT Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul/Funk and Best New Band and nominated for Best Hip-Hop Band and Song of the Year "Who is to say" for the record we put out in April of 2015. Our debut EP "Clarity" is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon mp3 and bandcamp.