“Something of a breath of fresh air. Emotional, authentic songs that speak to the listener” – Blues Magazine
“Stevie Lange & Maggie Bell watch out, there’s a new player in town, she’s the real deal and she’s hungry.” – Blue Matters Magazine
“Musically brilliant and vocally stunning and all from a young singer who one suspects could potentially be touching upon legend!” – Fireworks Magazine
“Blues, soul, jazz and rock are blended to perfection.” – Vive Le Rock Magazine
Rising blues star Rebecca Downes returns in 2016 with her highly anticipated second album BELIEVE, released on 4th March. The release will be celebrated with a special album launch show at London’s iconic 100 Club on 23rd February.
Written by Rebecca with co-writer Steve Birkett and produced by Mark V Stuart (Magnum, Jim Lea, Diamond Head and more), BELIEVE is the follow up to Downes’ 2015 debut album ‘Back To The Start‘, which garnered critical acclaim from press across the board, with support from Radio 2’s Paul Jones, BBC Introducing, Planet Rock Radio, and making Blues Magazine’s Top 50 albums of 2015 in their end of year edition.
For West Midlands-based Rebecca, who has repeatedly turned down offers from X Factor producers in the past year in order to carve out her music career organically and sincerely, this second album represents a significant landmark in her journey.
“The album title represents the belief that I have needed to get this far and the belief we now have in the quality of our music and our live performances. 2015 allowed us to measure ourselves against some of the best around and we believe we made our own mark.
“The mood of the album reflects the progress we have made – musically and personally – since the first album. I am both more comfortable in my own life and skin and our own music, the mood of the album reflects that, showcasing different aspects of the journey and vocally how hungry I am to get that live feel onto the tracks.”
Since her debut, Rebecca has toured the UK and Europe extensively, selling out clubs on the UK blues scene and supporting the likes of Blues rockers KING KING in the UK, and Norman Beaker in Europe, continuing to win the affections of her audiences and further establishing herself as one of the star attractions amongst the new vanguard of blues performers in the UK.
In support of BELIEVE, Rebecca will play the following UK shows in Spring 2016, with more to be announced:
Jan 22 The Great British Rock and Blues Festival, Skegness
Feb 02 Lymm Blues Club, Lymm
Feb 23 100 Club, London
Feb 25 Robin 2, Bilston
Feb 27 Wolverhampton Blues Festival, Wolverhampton
Feb 28 Doncaster Blues Festival, Doncaster
Mar 18 New Crawdaddy Club, Billericay
Apr 05 Tuesday Blues Club, Sussex
Apr 09 Coolham Blues Club, Sussex
Apr 29 The Cluny 2, Newcastle
‘Believe’ will be released in physical CD & digital formats on March 4, via Real2Reel Records.