Ahead of the launch of her second EP later this month, Surrey singer-song writer, Rebecca-Jayne shares her passion for music, the stars of past and present who have influenced her and gives her top tips on how to make some noise in the music industry.
The 22-year-old from Surrey has been creative all of her life, as a child she wrote poetry and specifically little notes in greetings cards. However, it was when she turned ten that she discovered her passion for playing music and was introduced to the work of American jazz and blues music legend Eva Cassidy.
Rebecca-Jayne says of her performing: “That’s when I realised I could put the poetry and music together, so I started song writing. It took me ages to pluck up the courage to perform, but when I was about 15 I went to an open mic, I played, and I got such a buzz out of it that I haven’t stopped performing since!”
The Surrey singer and song writer credits Eva Cassidy as one of her biggest musical inspirations, however, as she has grown up in the music industry, she has grown to admire and respect a large number of Nashville-based song writers, including Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby and Kacey Musgraves.
Speaking about singing superstar Eva Cassidy who sadly passed away in 1996, Rebecca-Jayne, says: “Although she didn’t write her own songs, she had the gift to make you completely believe everything she was singing and playing. Her version of Early Morning Rain was one of the first songs I ever learnt to play.”
Rebecca-Jayne explains that CarFest North was one of the most memorable and enjoyable gigs she has been involved with. At the festival, she performed in front of an audience of 500, and she says: ‘it was just me and a guitar and it was the best feeling when they started singing along to a song I’d written!’
What is Rebecca-Jayne’s message for other song writers and performers? She says: “Keep writing and performing. The more you write and the more people you meet, the more chances there are. Put simply, writing should be like brushing your teeth – a daily thing, except you should enjoy it a bit more!”
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The Things Rebecca-Jayne Has Done
This month, on October 12 Rebecca-Jayne launches her second EP, Thing’s I’ve Done, Rebecca-Jayne explains that it is based on her diary from the past two years. The past two years saw the Surrey singer-song writer travel around Europe and the US, she lost a love and then found the love of her life. The EP was produced by Luke Batt, son of Mike Batt who is credited with The Wombles – the 1970s novelty pop act.