Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens returns with a new EP titled WONDERBLOOM, to be released November 15th 2019. The first track from the EP ‘Good Stuff’, is available to listen online via YouTube HERE. The WONDERBLOOM EP is followed by a full-length album of the same name on 20th March 2020, both released via GroundUP Music. Becca extensively tours Europe over the coming weeks, including UK dates at Manchester Apollo on November 15th and Glasgow Barrowlands on November 16th, where she will open for Snarky Puppy.
North Carolina-bred, Brooklyn-based Becca Stevens again defies all expectation, this time dreaming up a groove-heavy, dance-ready sound infused with elements of pop and funk and R&B. With its bright textures and uptempo rhythms, WONDERBLOOM also finds Becca achieving a profound complexity in her lyrics, ultimately redefining what’s possible in creating music that elevates and edifies.
WONDERBLOOM telegraphs an unabashed joy that Stevens partly attributes to the project’s production. In a first for her, WONDERBLOOM was co-produced and co-engineered alongside Nic Hard (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note, The Church), overseeing every aspect of the recording and claiming a sense of agency that had long eluded her in the studio. “Nic and I truly worked as equals, trusting each other to get the job done, and it was an incredibly empowering experience for me,” she says.
In another major departure, Stevens purposely brought a communal sensibility to the making of WONDERBLOOM—an undertaking that resulted in more than 40 musicians contributing to the full length album, including Vulfpeck guitarist Cory Wong, long-time collaborator Jacob Collier, and all of her Lighthouse bandmates (keyboardist Michelle Willis, Snarky Puppy bandleader Michael League, and David Crosby himself). “My earlier records were all written by me, arranged by me, then performed by me and my band,” says Stevens. “But going into making this one, I made a rule for myself that anytime I had the instinct to turn inward and tough it alone, to instead stay open and share the process. And each time I did that, I was rewarded tenfold by what we all created together. Even with so many collaborators, the end result feels more honest than ever.”
Recorded over the course of six months, WONDERBLOOM mostly came to life in Brooklyn, but Stevens also journeyed to Los Angeles, North Carolina, and France in order to capture certain performances. In reflecting on the process of recording and producing WONDERBLOOM, Stevens recalls the relentless focus and often 18-hour workday with an unequivocal fondness. To that end, the album’s title nods to the Titan Arum, a plant whose singularly massive cluster of flowers takes a staggering eight years to blossom. “What inspires me about the Titan Arum is how hard it works and how long it takes to bloom, and how beautiful the payoff is,” says Stevens. “It’s about working for the long game rather than instant gratification, and resisting that temptation to get hung up on all the little things on the way to something great.”
Becca starts her European tour October 30th in Germany, with more dates in 2020 (including at the legendary Café de La Danse in Paris) to support the album to be announced.
Becca Stevens – Autumn 2019 European Tour Dates
October 30: Musikbunker, Aachen, Germany
October 31: Jazzvesen – Kristiansand, Norway
November 2: Sydkoster – Koster, Sweden
November 3: Nefertiti – Göteborg, Sweden
November 5: Zeche Carl – Essen, Germany
November 7: Landes-Jazz Festival – Ravensburg, Germany
November 8: Jazzdock- Prague, Czech Republic
November 9: Rockit Fest – Groningen, Netherlands
November 10: Sendesaal – Bremen, Germany
November 12: Stadtgarten – Köln, Germany
November 13: Bimhuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands
November 14: Quasimodo – Berlin, Germany
November 15: O2 Apollo – Manchester, United Kingdom with Snarky Puppy
November 16: Barrowlands – Glasgow, United Kingdom with Snarky Puppy
November 18: Zenith Club – Nantes, France with Snarky Puppy
November 19: Zenith – Toulouse, France with Snarky Puppy
November 20: Cenon Le Rocher de Palmer – Bordeaux, France with Snarky Puppy
November 21: Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo – Monte Carlo, Monaco with Snarky Puppy
December 6: Jerusalem Jazz Festival – Jerusalem, Israel