Growing up in Thousand Oaks, California, Becca Hennesey never realized that music should be categorized or pigeonholed. Otherwise she would have known that her favorite singers - Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, even Kenny Rogers - were considered country artists. Mainstream, COUNTRY artists, and they fit nicely on the radio right next to The Eagles, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt.
What Becca did know was that those artists were singing honest music straight from the heart. What she heard on her radio station was simply great music. "I grew up listening to what I thought was really cool music," says Becca. "I didn't realize it was what is considered country. It wasn't until i got out in the real world that i discovered there was a label for what I was listening to."
Becca's brand of LA Country draws from a deep well of those early influences on her debut release for Nari Records, simply titled Becca. "I had been singing R&B in different clubs around town," she recalls. "Something just didn't feel quite right though. I mean, I love that style, but it just wasn't me."
So when Becca met producer/manager Rick Francisco, everything just clicked. "Rick and I shared a vision," she explains. Rick knew the songs that worked, and it was just magic."
"We wanted to bring back the warmth and soul of country music, but didn't want to lose the excitement of today's country music and its' expanding fan base," Francisco says. "We didn't want to record old country music songs, but looked for songs that mixed vintage country sounds with a new voice."
In so doing, Francisco, having worked with the blues greats like Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, found songs written by writers known for their work with blues music and mixed it together with Nashville. Francisco recruited Stan Perkins, son of music legend Carl Perkins to record "Dozen Roses." The pairing was a huge success, and the song was picked up as a single by more than 150 radio stations around the world, sometimes landing on the top of the stations' playlist. "We knew we were on to something special," says Becca. "Hearing the songs Rick brought me was a real epiphany."
Recorded in Los Angeles CA and mixed in Granbury TX, Becca hits her stride with such songs as "Second Chance," "Texas Hurricane" and "In My Dreams," as well as performing a stellar duet with music legend Delaney Bramlett (Delany & Bonnie / "Never Ending Song of Love") on the song, "Blue Note."
Prior to developing her own brand of country music, Becca wrote songs for such major films as Halloween V ("Romeo, Romeo"), Shattered Glass ("Chance For Love") and Kounterfit ("More & More"). She also landed jobs singing numerous TV and radio commercials in Los Angeles.
But it is with her own brand of music she calls LA COUNTRY that Becca is finding her art. Currently more than 175 stations around the world are playing songs from her debut release, and she's playing rooms like the Cowboy Palace Saloon in LA, along with her band 'LA COUNTRY' - Chad Watson (bass), Vern Monet (lead guitar), Chris Cooke (drums), all veterans of the Freddie Fender band. Harlan Spector (Buffalo Springfield and Redbone) on keyboards, Keith Malone on steel guitar, John Peyton (well known Austin TX musician) on harmonica, Cydney Davis and Pam Olivia-Reynolds (well known Los Angeles singers) on backup vocals.
"This is the epitome of what I've always wanted to do," she says. "I've always been doing music, but now I'm doing the music I was meant to be doing."
"If Cher was singing country, this is probably what she would sound like. Sporting a sexy cowgirl figure and a deeper soprano than most country phillies on the scene today, Becca still manages to reach a country nerve with her credible lyrics and an exceptional backing band that features West Coast players: stringman Chad Watson, drummer Chris Cooke, guitarist Vern Monnett, keyboardist Harlan Spector, harmonica player John Peyton, guitarist Sean Hennessy and background singers Suzi Remeny, Rick Francisco, Emmitt Luttrell and Patty Holley. Becca also enlists the talents of two of her lifelong inspirations, Delaney Bramlett and Stan Perkins (son of the late, great Carl Perkins) to sing with her on the album.
"Becca performs the country struttin' "Blue Note" with Delaney Bramlett who turns in a rousing, soulful vocal. On "Dozen Roses," Becca teams up with Stan Perkins who displays more of a country edge than his famous rockabilly father, Carl. Both tracks are album highlights."
From Sauk Valley News
“Becca Hennessy is a pretty lady with a distinctive country voice."
Tom Peterson / Victory Magazine
"Ok. I confess: writing for a lil' ol' folk magazine, when a record like Becca comes in, the hoots of laughter of snorts of derision kick in immediately. Becca Hennesy looks like a young Cher - we know, 'cause she shows us her naval - and she's out gunning for heartland hotties Faith Hill and Shania Twain, right down to the cliché-d pointing at you shot on the inside cover. The music is superslick Young Country bombast, under the direction of producer Rick Francisco, who is eager to take the credit. So what's to confess? I, uh, kinda liked it! It's pretty good, as overly-calculated pop goes. Proof that life isn't fair, Becca got the pipes to go with the bod, and far more than her competing country cuties, she has the distinctive down-home yowl that instantly evokes the heyday of on Tammy Wynette, Melba Montgomery and Tanya Tucker. The songs themselves (strait up Wynonna) are rendered with fiddle and banjo farther forward in the mix than most popular country allows these days. All other claims by the frenetic Mr. Francisco aside, he just may be right when he says that Becca '(brings) back the warmth and soul of Country Music.' So, shame on me."
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