It’s been 20 years since we last heard from reality star turned musician, Rebecca (“Becky”) Blasband. But if you’ve been wondering where she’s been, wonder no more. She’s returning this November with the appropriately titled Here. Blasband has just shared the lead single, “Love Is.”
“Love Is” opens with a soft and simple piano melody and rhythmic and almost hypnotic guitar riffs. Emotional and entreating, Rebecca’s vocals reflect that of an experienced lover and embody an almost motherly tone. With vocals smooth and buttery enough to silence a squeaky door hinge, Rebecca Blasband begins her Love101 lecture. Her words are coated in emotional honesty like a woman wearing her heart on her sleeve. The strings add an emotional element that’s consoling and endearing; as if reflecting the message that the lyrics evoke. The strings dance alongside her vocals sharing intentional touch and carry the echo of her voice on the back of their sultry vibrato.
Born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Rebecca Blasband grew up in a lively, educated family of scientists and artists. In 1985, she attended NYU, Tisch School of the Arts for film and studied theater for three years. During this time, Rebecca began performing her original songs in the downtown NY music scene, partnering with Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, That Thing You Do). Her first demo caught the interest of MTV/Bunim-Murray producers who cast her among six others in their first season of The Real World, NY, 1992. This “documentary series” sparked the Reality Television genre, reached 55 million households worldwide and re-ran for ten years. Rebecca signed with Warner Chappell Music publishing and Mercury Records. She opened for Squeeze, Aimee Mann, Matchbox 20, Chris Whitley and Jon Bon Jovi. She participated in Miles Copeland’s “Troubadour’s Songwriting Retreat” along with Cher, Chris Difford, and many other notable songwriters.
In 1997, Blasband released RAPT produced by Warren Bruleigh (Lou Reed, Violent Femmes) and Gordon Gano on guitars. RAPT was well received by press, college radio, AAA and Modern Rock. She briefly returned to her screenwriting roots, leading her to collaborate with Academy Award nominated producer, Antonin Svoboda on his feature narrative film, “The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich,” released in 2013. In 2015, Rebecca attended the Chris Difford/Buddy Holly Foundation songwriting retreat at Pennard House, Somerset, England. She lived in London and Southern France from 2015 until 2017, when she returned to the States record HERE with Danny Uzilevsky producing at the helm, at his studio, Allegiant, in San Anselmo, California. The album was completed and mastered in May 2018.