Always reaching, always expanding, Becca Stevens reinvents herself once again with 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.
Stevens’ 2015 album Perfect Animal was released to wide critical acclaim. NPR’s All Things Considered said Stevens “looks for detours and wild ear-stretching sounds that make you want to listen again,” and the New York Times said she “has a wizardly proficiency on an array of stringed instruments, and her singing is luxurious: pliable and hale but often foreshadowing a sob.” Since the release of Perfect Animal, Stevens has toured the world, most recently joining Crosby on the road for his Lighthouse tour (Stevens also co-writes and sings on the album of the same name). Live performances of the songs from Regina have met with ecstatic enthusiasm and rave reviews, demonstrating a staggering spectrum of musical ideas, emotional scope, and poetic magic. So is this the mature Becca Stevens style that she will repeat on her next CD? “No way.” says Becca. “Stay tuned for more surprises.”